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2014 Volkswagen The Beetle Convertible

Newest Beetle Convertible the Past

2013 Volkswagen Convertible next to its classic

It’s not often that I get to a long-ago automobile to its modern Sure, I have a couple of Mustangs, so it’s very to see how far a current one has come in most And I’ve been able to a drive in some of the restored at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center; great milestones of both and innovation for that brand.

But for the part, a classic example of a automobile is something that we admire from afar, or try to some memory of from in the day. Often, those are a little more positive the reality.

In a great bit of timing and luck, I got a to concurrently sample Volkswagen’s Beetle Convertible, and a mint original 1979 Beetle Let the comparisons begin!

The new Beetle is the open air version of the redesigned VW that arrived in showrooms over a year ago. to the 1999-2010 New Beetle (note the noun form of “New” in one’s title), the 2012 (dropping “New”) brought a rakish, retro look to the The roof and hood flatten out a and overall the car is much less in design.

As part of the 2013 Beetle Convertible’s media some journalists were the opportunity to drive some from VW’s early hence my being handed the to a time-warp example from the year of air-cooled Beetle in this country, 1979.

After a twist of the thin key, the little engine out settled into its familiar cadence, sounding rather a lawnmower in comparison to any modern Pushed to its max, the flat (with fuel injection in its later years to help it emissions standards) only 48 horsepower.

But even though the car wasn’t quick, it was fun, and pleasant. No power steering for the light front end, and the drum brakes work fine in normal driving. was an overall feeling of “oldness” in ride, at least as far as the design and goes. Though the car itself had 600 kilometers on its Canadian-spec metric it was no secret that a new 1979 back in the day was in many ways a antique.

After checking out the cute it was time to jump into the new The base 2013 Beetle makes more than and a half times the power from five cylinders, and the makes even more a 2.0 liter four (200). An transmission is standard on the car, but the Turbo you can choose a 6-speed which seems at least 100 newer than the 4-speed in the (Mainly because the gearshift as though it’s actually to something.)

2014 Volkswagen The Beetle Convertible

When it comes to lower or raise the top, the just needs the push of a and the top goes up or down in about the it takes to recite the Pledge of And, you can even do this the car is moving at up to 30 miles per hour. the vintage car’s manual top is you have to get out to apply enough and it doesn’t quite sit down when open.

Then there’s all the safety in 2013 like air bags, wheel anti-lock disc electronic stability control, and a beefier car in general. Additionally, and convenience items abound weren’t in most new cars in let alone the Beetle of that

You’ll also pay a lot more for the new Convertible, obviously. Starting is $24,995 for the base model, and for the Turbo. With a bunch of my Turbo test car stickered out at around $32,000.

Sure it’s fun to look and remember those vintage we almost all have a story them. But it’s also to be able to zip into traffic ease, drive at high and carry on a conversation with the top on the freeway without having to For all those reasons, the 2013 VW Convertible outshines the old one, but so with a touch of retro

I’ll see you down the road.

Kunz is the automotive reporter at Channel 7 and can be heard on “The Car Saturdays at 9 a.m. on KPFK, FM. E-mail Dave at TVCarz @ Twitter: @dave_kunz, Facebook:

2014 Volkswagen The Beetle Convertible

2014 Volkswagen The Beetle Convertible
2014 Volkswagen The Beetle Convertible

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