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This All-Electric Beetle Be Volkswagen’s Next Roadster

California Volkswagen has all its product covered. Small, medium and micro and retro; gasoline, and hybrid, even electric. But to Christian Buhlmann of Volkswagen AG, missing something.

“We don’t have a two-seat or roadster,” Buhlmann tells me on the of the winding, mountain road leads to Mazda Raceway at Seca.

A two-door, two-seat would round out the automaker’s nicely. But how do you make the business for such a niche product? modular architectures, swappable and parts sharing from the Group’s cadre of brands.

Its plug-and-play, automaker style, and the concept you see here is the product of massive scale and powertrain It’s an all-electric Beetle components already on the road, and if and his team have their you’ll be able to snag one a VW dealer in the next few years.

The was originally shown at the Detroit Show in January, a not-so-subtle as to what the next Beetle will look like it debuts in L.A. this

The production drop-top will four seats (compared to the two), a more upright (for safety), a conventional top (there’s no roof on the E-Bugster) and a of VW’s naturally aspirated, or diesel-powered engines. What it have is the electric drivetrain to this concept at least, not

The E-Bugster “is a way for us to evaluate a car for the Beetle family,” says And he makes a compelling case.

The is built off the same vehicle as the sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf for you platform nerds). The powertrain is from the E Golf. a pilot that includes 20 all-electric running around Detroit, San and Washington D.C.

By using an platform and drivetrain, the costs of a version of the E-Bugster would be mitigated. Even more so the adoption of Volkswagen’s new MQB architecture, bisects the platform into distinct parts, which can be together to create something as as a Polo or as large as an Audi A8. And the goes for the body panels.

Aside from the aforementioned handmade 20-inch wheels and plastic fenders, every bit of is from the series production of the new New Beetle. That keeps in check and makes the business even stronger.

But what so strong right now is the drivetrain.

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using the same asynchronous as the Golf E complete with 114 and just shy of 200 pound-feet of torque the is limited to a scant 30 mph. not a technical limitation as much as a one this concept is worth million euros and Volkswagen to keep me on a very short

Still, the fact that the even moves under its own is a feat unto itself, as concepts you see rotating on auto stands are styling bucks have no functional drivetrain and even lack an interior.

But the E-Bugster does work. the 85-kW motor to the massive brakes pulled from the TT RS, it goes, stops and turns, slowly, with a subtle of braking regeneration when off the throttle and going down


While the powertrain isn’t up to spec, the interior and exterior been crafted to perfection. The particulates in the paint shine in the afternoon sun and the white-on-white interior back to oughts-era Apple, with smooth plastic and even a tablet mounted in the dash to handle infotainment

It’s all very plush, but also very conceptual.

the underlying technology both a platform and power standpoint is out there, so it wouldn’t take to justify the E-Bugster’s life. And a satisfying dichotomy of piloting a roadster with a 21st-century The Volkswagen execs should it the green light, as long as take my suggestion of naming it the

All photos courtesy of Volkswagen AG

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