VW Unveils 2014 VW Beetle Cabriolet with Decade EditionsPosted by: Shelton Kwan onNovember 30th, 2012
VW presented the new third generation Beetle Cabriolet at the LA Auto Show today. The new Cabriolet is longer, wider, and features a lower roofline, making the car visually more aggressive looking than it’s predecessors. Compared to the new Beetle, it’s 152mm longer and 84mm wider. Inside, the rear passengers gain 12mm of headroom thanks to it’s revised windscreen and roofline.
The new Beetle Cabriolet gains power and fuel efficiency compared to the car it replaces. The 140hp TDI diesel version jumps to 32mpg, making it one of the most fuel efficient convertibles available. For the buyers looking for something sportier, the TSI gasoline version boosts power to 200hp. Both versions are available with the standard 6 speed automatic or the optional 6 speed DSG dual clutch gearbox.
The new convertible soft top has also been improved, allowing operation at up to 50km/h, and taking only 9.5s to turn into a drop top. Drive into some rain and have to throw the top up? 11 seconds later, the top goes up, allowing you to stay dry quickly regardless of the weather (the extra 1.5 seconds is due to the latching mechanism locking with the windscreen).
Available this Christmas, the new Beetle Cabriolet is launching in 3 custom 50s, 60s and 70s editions. The 50s Edition comes equipped with 17-inch Circle Black wheels, chrome door mirrors, black soft top and Monochrome Black paint. The 60s Edition comes with sport seats in black-blue Vienna leather and Denim Blue or Candy White paint. Finally, the 70s Edition is painted in Toffee Brown Metallic or Platinum Grey
Metallic, with a beige-coloured soft top and leather sport seats.
For those that want a race-car look Volkswagen is also offering the new Beetle Cabriolet in R-Line trim, joining the Volkswagen CC as only the second model to receive the R-Line option. The Beetle Cabriolet R-Line is available only in a turbo model and boasts a new front bumper, rear bumper with integrated diffuser, bigger wheels and bi-xenon headlights. On the inside the R-Line logo is embroidered onto the headrests of the two-tone front seats.
More Beetle Convertible and Beetle Convertible R-Line Pictures in the gallery.