New flagship performance model and more potent diesel join the Volkswagen Beetle line-up
The Volkswagen Beetle is now available with two new engine options: a powerful flagship version and a more potent diesel.
The 2.0-litre TSI engine is only available in Sport trim and produces 197bhp, making it the fastest version of the new generation Beetle. It sprints from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 139mph with the DSG automatic ‘box. It starts from £22,295 with a six-speed manual, or £23,805 for the DSG version.
Visually, it’s marked out by unique headlamp clusters, chrome-capped mirrors, red brake calipers, 18-inch alloy wheels, a body coloured diffuser and chrome dual-exhaust tips. Mechanically, it also has a bespoke multi-link rear suspension set-up.
The 2.0 TSI is also available in two new special editions: the Turbo Black and the Turbo Silver. These are fitted with 19-inch Tornado alloys as well as Turbo decals along the doors.
Diesel buyers now have the option of a new 2.0-litre TDI, which comes in Design and Sport trim levels. The 138bhp turbocharged diesel returns fuel consumpetion of 57.6mpg and emissions of 129g/km. It’s capabe of going from 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds, with a 123mph top speed, and is also offered with either a six-speed DSG or a six-speed manual gearbox.
All models are on sale now.
The Beetle 2.0-litre TDI costs from £20,805 for the Design model with a manual ‘box, to £23,445 for Sport and DSG. The 2.0-litre TSI Sport starts from £22,295, while the special edition models cost from £22,995.