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Single Variant 2013 VW Beetle For Australia

Posted: March 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Volkswagen | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Single Variant 2013 VW Beetle For Australia

2013 VW BEETLEVolkswagen paints itself as decisive, a stalwart of German auto engineering, Das Auto. The 75 year old automaker is clearly ill, it’s getting all jittery in it’s old age, the Wolfsburg behemoth has  got a bug (again)

The Erwin Komenda/Ferdinand Porsche inspired vehicle that started it all, is back in Australia!

It’s hard to believe, but only 3 generations of beetle have been produced in seventy five years. Here in Australia, the original type 1 started local production in Melbourne in 1954, the new Beetle was launched locally in 2000 – first seen as a prototype in 1994 – and the last seen hot-hatch rolled onto Australian shores in 2009. This latest makeover made it’s debut at the 2012 Sydney Motor Show.

With the engine up front and driving the front wheels it’s got little in common with Porsche’s original boxter bug.  In Australia the old new Beetle sold 9000 units.

This third 3rd generation variant launched in Brisbane recently. Make no mistake, it’s an all-new model, it shares little if anything with its predecessor. The unmistakable beetle profile remains central to the design, but with a much less cutesy look. The 2013 Beetle has a neat modern twist. it almost looks mean, nasty mean ::::

2013 VW BEETLE

The new version is longer, lower, wider, has a more upright windscreen, a longer wheelbase and wider track, yet somehow remains true to the original concept. The wider track gives the new beetle a much more masculine presence. And according to the designers the new roofline is much closer in silhouette to the original. Volkswagen has simplified the mechanical package offering just one engine, the 1.4-litre twin charge TSI petrol engine, one of the best engines available in their armoury.

2013 VW BEETLE

The engine is matched to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmission, and with 118kW and 240Nm, it’s a proven package and it will come as no surprise that it’s the same package available in the Golf range. Interestingly the Beetle is lighter than the Golf, yet can’t match it in terms of fuel consumption with the Beetle using 6.8 litres/100km for the manual and 6.4l/100km for the seven speed DSG while the Golf is 6.5 litres/100km and 6.2 litres/100km respectively.

Prices kickoff at $29,990 for the manual, and $32,490 for the seven speed DSG. Options include metallic paint ,$500, Panoramic sunroof, $1700, satellite navigation, $2500, Vienna leather upholstery, $3,300, Technology package,$2700, Sports package, $1800, and an alarm, $600. Beetle gets a five star ANCAP Safety rating.

As always there are a bunch of variants, however according to VW Australia we won’t be getting any, the company says we’re getting only a single model…

NOT FOR AUSTRALIA

For a full review on the 2013 Beetle, Check NRMA: www.mynrma.com.au

Checkout Gizmags’ rundown on the Limited Edition GSR

READ GIZMAGS GSR RUNDOWN

What’s black/yellow, can bullet through the 0-100 km/h mark in a tick over 18 seconds and is considered one of the people’s cars most collectible scarabs? Volkswagen’s wasp-colored 1303s Beetle, circa 1973, of course. The German automaker’s “Sport Beetle” was a limited edition, with only 3500 copies made available to the public. Aside from the obvious aesthetic markers, the 1303S carried with it the bullet-proof, almighty and all-powerful flat-4 capable of delivering 50 hp and 78 lb/ft of torque to the back wheels, again, this won’t be coming to Australia :: Read the full Gizmag article >>

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