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2014 Volkswagen The Beetle


From VW, a sand-blasting bug

As when Volkswagen (VW) the New Beetle in 1998, certain of the automotive press were than charitable. One remarked the car looked like something by Fisher-Price. Five years when VW released a convertible another noted that the version hardly draws a anymore. The sniping continued in when VW reshaped the Beetle’s and upgraded its engines. The car looked its performance unexciting and unsporty.

Detractors aside, the ’11 has resonated with the people who most: consumers. Sales of the were up 48% in 2013 over the year, making it VW’s seller in the US after the Jetta and sedans. Still, when shooting to sell 10m cars by 2018, as Volkswagen is, you can never too many bugs.

To that VW conceived the Beetle R-Line.

the Golf R and Scirocco R sport which have significantly horsepower than their the Beetle R-Line is more an in aesthetics. Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, it is a 2013 Beetle Turbo, with 10 more horsepower up from 200), some badges and door sill and re-styled front and rear The test car’s Sunroof, and Navigation package also visual cues unique to the such as 19in aluminium leather seating surfaces and a clad in a simulacrum of brushed gray aluminium. If the Beetle’s makeover strikes a shopper as disingenuous, consider that, to the Specialty Equipment Market in 2012 US consumers alone $12.52bn on styling and appearance that did not do one whit for bottom-line Translation: sportiness is as much a

state of mind as it is a state of tune.

Still, 210 horsepower (and 207 of torque) is nothing to sniff at. a stop, the R-Line’s flat-out feels simultaneously crazed and fun, thanks to a not excessively Anti-Slip Regulation system allows the front wheels to a bit of rubber along the roadway. around town, the suspension quite plush, more so the car’s planted stance suggest, but when pressed a protracted series of curves on Route 1 north of San Francisco, it up nicely. The harder the R-Line is the better it feels but the inverse is as well.

Accelerating gently in the “Drive” than “Sport” setting of the dual-clutch automatic transmission, the bats the revs down to This rev suppression is good for economy, but the low vibrating drone the generates between 1,500 and is anything but sporty. Proper wheel-mounted paddle shifters are a nice touch, but would more at home on a wheel a little more weight and a ratio. Likewise, the brake would benefit from more firmness.

2014 Volkswagen The Beetle

With winners like the GTI (and the US, the Scirocco R) in VW showrooms, it is an open whether even Beetle would part with for a loaded R-Line. But there’s no that with just a few and tactile tweaks, VW’s of Beetles could hold its higher.

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