Volkswagen New Beetle Cabriolet
The open version of the new-generation 2013 Beetle features the same sporty proportions of the coupé model and a wide range of customization options.
The model will be available with five standard equipment versions (“Beetle”, “Design”, “Design Exclusive”, “Sport” and “Sport Exclusive”) and three special models (“50’s Edition”, “60’s Edition” and “70’s Edition”), with a wide range of options, including twelve finishes and two soft top colors, eleven different types of interior textile and leather trim, twelve rims.
The soft top is offered in two colors and features a multiple layer construction and weather-proof fabric and can be closed in 11.0 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
The available engines include diesel units with performance ranging from 77 kW/105 PS to 147 kW/200 PS, combined with optional six and seven- speed dual clutch gearboxes. Fuel economy range for these efficient, high torque, four-cylinder engines: 4.5 to 7.8 l/100 km.
With a length of 4,278 mm, the new convertible is 152 mm longer than the New Beetle. It is also 84 mm wider (1,808 mm, not including exterior rear-view mirrors).
Since the convertible is 29 mm flatter, with a height of 1.473, the proportions alone give this Beetle a very sporty appearance.
The style follows the Volkswagen design DNA, as demonstrated by the horizontal layout of the rear bumper, the front air inlet, the straight bonnet edges, the precise line between the A-pillars and soft top C-pillars or the design of the taillights.
Other design features of the Beetle Cabriolet include the extending wings and clearly marked taillights, the shape of the hood, the rocker panels and door sills and – more than ever – the capability to integrate large wheels (up to 19 inch).
An entirely new feature on the Beetle Cabriolet is the rear spoiler, which is integrated into the design as a standard feature and helps to maintain high speed stability.
The bottom surface of the rear spoiler is always finished in black, while the top is painted to match the color of the car.
This design of this invisible rollbar has been advanced, making it possible now to equip the convertible with symmetrically divided rear seat backrests and thus allowing transport of long items. Within milliseconds of the vehicle exceeding a defined lateral acceleration or vehicle inclination threshold, the rollover protection system shoots up behind the rear headrests.
Other specific modifications include a stable tubular member in the top edge of the door, reinforced A-pillars (additional 0.5 mm sheet metal thickness) and particularly strong rocker panels. On the Beetle Cabriolet, the A-pillars also consist of extremely stable, hot-shaped sheet metal.
The entire reinforcement and the rollover protection system results in 114 kilograms of additional weight for the convertible in comparison to the coupé.
The Beetle Cabriolet offers a capacity for four passengers and compared to its predecessor, the loading capacity has been increased by 24 litres for a total of 225 liters.
The convertible can also be ordered with a wind deflector, which can be fastened above the rear seat, allowing to take long trips with the roof open. When the wind deflector is in use, the two rear seats offer additional storage space.