Rockin' Out With New 2013 Beetle Convertible

Author: Cirina Catania
Published: December 02, 2012 at 4:10 pm

The new 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible arrived in Los Angeles this week.

The little "Bug" has it's grandparents' DNA, mixed with a modern sense of humor and some big-boy attitude - and is determined to win us over once again.

This year, the bug is more powerful and sporty. The 103 kW TDI version flies from 0 to 60 in 9.2 seconds and claims to be one of the most fuel-efficient convertibles on the market with 32 mpg (combined) and 41 mpg (highway).

The convertible top stows in 9.5 seconds thanks to it's new standard electro-hydraulic drive can also be opened while driving (if you are under 31 mph). The rear bench folds down and the new rollover protection system pops up in milliseconds if needed.

There is more headroom for your friends and the 2013 convertible model is 152 mm longer and 84 mm wider than the New Beetle and boasts a cargo capacity of 225 liters.

Owners in the U.S. can benefit from the optional 125kW five-cylinder engine (MPI) especially developed for us. It is also available in a 103 kW TDI (140 PS) mentioned above or 147 kW TSI (200 PS) version that is rated at 24 mpg (combined) and 30 mpg (highway) with the manual transmission.

The 125 kW version is offered with a 6-speed torque-converter automatic; a Volkswagen 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) is available as an option for the TSI and TDI.

New goodies include: keyless engine starting and locking system, ambiance lighting, Fender 400 watt sound system, automatic climate control, GPS, auxiliary instrumentation and alloy wheels in 18 or 19 inches.

VW offers three different design packages: the 50's, 60's or 70's - each with its own personality. The Beetle Convertible is now available in the U.S. and will be launched in Europe in February of 2013.

I'd say, buy it for your kid - then drive it yourself when they're not looking. Right on, Dude!

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Cirina Catania is a writer, director, journalist and former marketing executive with a long history of success in both the major studio and independent film environment. She is one of the co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival. …

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