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VW reveals the 2013 Beetle Cabriolet

Summer fun (almost) guaranteed...

Volkswagen has revealed the third generation Beetle Cabriolet before the car’s public debut in November at the L.A. Motor Show. The fabric roof is automatic on all trim levels and needs about ten seconds to open or close, at speeds of up to 30 mph.

As you would expect from a cabriolet, Volkswagen has strengthened the A-pillars and also developed an “Automatic Rollover Support System” consisting of two pop up roll-over bars located behind the foldable rear bench seat.

The engine range mirrors that of the Beetle hatchback, starting with the entry-level petrol 1.2 litre TSI that produces 103 bhp, followed by the same engine but with the company’s BlueMotion tech. Other petrol engines include a 1.4 litre TSI with 157 bhp and the top-spec 2.0 litre TSI that produces 196 bhp – a similar power level to that found in the Golf GTi. As for diesels, it will be sold with a 1.6 litre TDI that produces 103 bhp and a larger 2.0 litre TDI with 138 bhp.

It will adopt the multilink front and torsion beam rear suspension of the hatchback, except for the version with the 2.0 TSI engine which features a four-link rear layout also seen on the Golf GTi.

No pricing has been revealed, but it is expected Cabriolet models will attract a premium of around £2500 over the hatchback, with the first deliveries arriving next summer. More details will be revealed at the car’s public unveiling in Los Angeles.

Images courtesy of VW


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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more