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Volkswagen has confirmed that the drop-top variant of its popular Beetle will be released for sale in the early months of 2013.
We were originally expecting to see the convertible at the 2012 New York Auto Show, but it didn’t make an appearance, leading us to the conclusion that it will likely bow at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show. Despite the lack of appearance, we know what the car will look like thanks to spy shots of the convertible, which show the Beetle’s sportier styling and lower stance.
The car will be available with the same powertrain options offered on the standard Beetle, a 2.5-liter five-cylinder with a six-speed automatic, or a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder with a DSG six-speed dual-clutch automatic. The larger motor makes 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, while the smaller displacement turbo variant puts out 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. A diesel TDI version of the convertible will be available as well, outfitted with a 140-horse, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
[Source: Car and Driver]
Volkswagen announced that they would unveil two new vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, and a convertible version of the Beetle is among the rumored introductions.
Considering the popularity of the previous droptop Beetle, Los Angeles seems like an obvious choice for the new car. On the other hand, we’re not so sure what the second vehicle could be – something like a production version of the Bulli would attract more buzz in the run-up to the show, so we’re guessing it’s merely a revised version of an existing product.
[Source: Kicking Tires]
Now that Volkswagen has unveiled the upcoming 2012 Beetle to the general public, it’s exciting to hear that the German automaker will also be bringing a Beetle R version, as well as a Beetle convertible to America. The convertible version will be available next year while Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed when the Beetle R will arrive.
The safe assumption for the Beetle R’s powerplant will be the 2.0L turbocharged unit from the Golf R, though it’s not confirmed. VW did express that the Beetle R will remain a front-wheel-drive application, but it’s nice to know those who yearn for a Beetle with slightly more power output than the 200-hp 2.0 TSI will have a viable option in the future.
GALLERY: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
[Source: Car and Driver]