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2007 Volkswagen Eos: In of a Convertible Goddess

Chart: Retractable Hardtop Convertibles

is the type of desirable foreign that, for whatever mysterious seldom finds its way across the

In choosing Eos as the name for its shapely new Volkswagen was no doubt alluding to how the retracting hardtop heralds the VW is also hoping this car seduces a lot of lovers � at least a year.

The Eos 2.0T test car caught my eye with its sinuous, lines; its sultry, deep Red paint; and its supple, embracing Silk Beige leather But the thing that said, me!� was its window sticker: nicely equipped. That�s the same price as the far less Pontiac G6 convertible, and about less than a full-zoot C70.

After so many of doing so many things so � especially in its seeming disdain for and of the American market � Volkswagen at last shows signs it is finding its way. With the introduction of a frisky new Rabbit, an GTI, a redesigned Passat and the Eos � not to mention rumored, potentially alluring models like a sport coupe � VW seems again about selling to Americans. That has to be bad news for the automakers based in Detroit.

When the Eos made its debut year at the Frankfurt auto I fully expected the Department of Security to ban the car here as a threat to tranquillity. This is the type of foreign exotic that, for mysterious reason, seldom its way across the Atlantic. A case in is the new Focus coupe with a hardtop, which the Ford Company inexplicably refuses to outside of Europe. If such do show up here, they to arrive dumbed-down, overpriced or

VW offers a stripped-down Eos with a transmission only, for $28,620. But in trim the car is a complete package, realized and ready to ramble. the base and 2.0T have a smooth 2-liter turbocharged engine that produces than ample (200) Although I spent much of my time in the car flubbing the interaction the hair-trigger clutch and the close-pattern the six-speed manual transmission is geared.

This is an economical too, with an E.P.A. of 32 m.p.g. on the highway and 23 m.p.g. in For those who do not enjoy rowing own boat, VW�s six-speed shift gearbox, with manual control, is $1,075 A 3.2-liter V-6 will be available this year, driving the up another $3,000 or so.

The bigger power plant produce 250 horsepower, which like overkill in a car like The base engine and transmission will easily propel the Eos a standstill to 60 m.p.h. in just 6.4 according to testing by Car and Driver

Not only fast in a straight the Eos tames corners well for a convertible. (That�s about 500 more than a Rabbit.) of that stability is courtesy of a multilink independent rear Expanded front and rear also increase lateral The steering is spot-on precise.

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The Eos is in Volkswagen�s lineup in the tight between the Rabbit (known as the elsewhere in the world) and the Passat. It most of its components, thankfully, a bias toward the upscale At a length of about 173 inches, the Eos is 10 inches longer than a and about 15 shorter than a (For comparison�s sake, the G6 is 189 inches long and the C70 is 180).

To neutralize the loss of torsional inherent in any convertible, VW engineers took the basket-handle roll bar of the VW inverted it and placed it under the seat pedestal. A beefed-up frame of hot-stamped ultra-high-strength is connected directly to the floor reinforced frame rails. tubing provides more behind the doors for an extra of safety. Partly as a consequence, seat passengers have 10 inches less shoulder than in the smaller Rabbit.

Two can survive the back seat, that those in front are enough to move forward a It also helps if you are less 5-foot-10. Still, engaging the signature feature � its retractable � ends all grousing about a of headroom.

The Eos�s raison d��tre is its retractable roof structure. the top up, there�s a push-back sunshade reveals a tinted glass-panel almost generous enough to you forget the need for a convertible. But at the of a switch, the whole structure stacks out of sight under the deck. Somehow, with the top there is still 6.6 cubic of trunk space � enough for one roll-on suitcase. The trunk to 10.5 cubic feet the top up.

Carefully designed wind atop the windshield bar keep the enjoyably calm during motoring. In a rollover, pyrotechnic bars and curtain-style air bags instantly.

The only caveat is VW�s dodgy reputation for and reliability in recent years, for its new models. But Wolfgang Bernhard, of the Volkswagen brand, has staked his � and probably his job � on drastic and immediate If he is successful, Eos could indeed the dawn of a new day for VW.

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