Monday, February 11, 2013


2013 Volkswagen BEETLE Cabriolet

  • The grandchild of the legendary Beetle convertible takes off
  • New Beetle Cabriolet with legendary design and sporting appeal
  • Soft top can be put down in only 9.5 seconds - even at 50 km/h
WOLFSBURG / NICE : February  2013.  Some  special  cars   reflect  the fundamental attitude of their owners – the  new  Beetle Cabriolet is such a  car. 

Driving this  Volkswagen shows that the  people inside really  enjoy a sporty design, colours and driving with  the  top  down. Even  ordering the  new  Beetle Cabriolet will be  a cult  act  for  most buyers – because many more options are  available to  express your individual taste than ever  before: five standard equipment versions are  available (“Beetle”, “Design”, “Design Exclusive”, “Sport” and “Sport Exclusive”) as  well  as  three special models (“50’s  Edition”, “60’s  Edition” and “70’s Edition”). This  range is supplemented by twelve finishes and two  soft  top  colours, eleven different types of interior textile and leather trim, twelve rims, innumerable technical and visual features as well as efficient petrol and diesel engines with performance ranging from 77 kW / 105 PS to  147 kW / 200 PS. These are  all turbocharged engines, available with  optional six and seven- speed dual clutch gearboxes. Fuel  economy range for these efficient, high torque, four-cylinder engines: 4.5 to 7.8 l/100 km.

The Beetle Cabriolet is the lowest priced open-top car from Volkswagen

In  Germany from 21,350 euros. “The  new  Beetle Cabriolet”, according to Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the  Board of Management Volkswagen Brand, Technical Development, “takes the design of the  original open Beetle and New  Beetle, transferring the shapes to present times and enriching everything with  a high degree of sportiness. In most European countries, the  new  Beetle Cabriolet can already be  ordered, and at attractive prices”. In Germany, this four-seater starts with  a base price of 21,350 euros - making the  open- top  Beetle the  lowest priced convertible in the  Volkswagen range.

Top opens and closes while driving

In  9.5 seconds nothing but sky overhead. The  new  Beetle Cabriolet has  become larger and more majestic. It  has  an  elongated, wider appearance, the roof  is flatter, the proportions more dynamic. Beyond any  performance figures and fuel economy values, the  most important figure for  a convertible: The  time required to  put down the  top. Only  9.5 seconds with  the  Beetle Cabriolet, and thanks to its electric motor, this  is an  almost noiseless process. It even works while driving at speeds of up  to 50 km/h. When retracted the  soft top is stored compactly behind the  rear seat where it does not restrict the view  to  the  rear. The  soft  top  on  the  Beetle Cabriolet can  be  closed in 11.0 seconds; the  additional 1.5 seconds are  required to allow  the electric drive to automatically lock the  roof to the  windscreen frame.

Even a new car is a collector’s item

565,000 classic convertibles. The  day  they are  delivered, purchasers of the  new  Beetle Cabriolets receive cars  destined for a long  service life. That’s the  way  it has  always been with  the  convertibles in  this series: First new  cars  kept by the  original owners for a long  time, then classic and, finally, vintage cars. And used cars?  Granted! Multitudes of the  565,000  convertibles under the  Beetle label have taken this route. And that’s the  way it will be in the  future.


The design of the Beetle Cabriolet retains the  distinctive charisma of the  coupé, demonstrating, in open as well as closed state, the  unmistakable and timeless character of the original Beetle Cabriolet. In both cases, it is the  soft  top  that gives  this car  its  very  special style. In  spite of all its  modern features, with the top  up,  it is reminiscent of the  early  period of the  automobile when all cars had rag  tops. And  the top of the new  Beetle Cabriolet can be  put down in only 9.5 seconds, allowing you to enjoy it as a pure summer car. When closed, the  Beetle  is automatically converted into  a multi-talented companion for all seasons.

The roof in detail

Two  colours, three layers. Thanks to  the so-called K-fold  feature of this  roof  covered with  multiple layers, weather-proof fabric (in “black” or  “nutria beige”), the entire roof  system can be  put down in  a very compact space. Result: Even  with the top down, the boot volume (225 litres) remains the  same as when the  soft  top  is closed. The  outer surface of this  top  consists of one centre section and two side  parts; the seams between the  centre section and sides  also serve  simultaneously as rain gutters. Volkswagen uses foam-bonded fabric for the  headliner on the inside.  An acoustically insulating fibre  mat is located between the outer surface and headliner to bring the  acoustic characteristics up  to the  same level appreciated in the  Beetle with  a metal roof or panoramic sunroof.

Soft top remains in optimum position even at high speed. The  folding frame and tensioning structure form  the  basic design of the  soft top.  The top  frame consists of the  front section (interface to windscreen frame), two  lateral frames with seals, the movable rear tensioning structure, one main pivot on  each side, four  arched elements (to  which the soft top  is also  fastened) and the  heated rear glass  window. The attachment points between the  soft top  and roof frame ensure that the  outer surface remains in its optimum position even at high speeds. Classy:  As on  the New Beetle Cabriolet, a circumferential chrome strip below the  soft top and side  windows separates the  top  from the  body area.

Design and dimensions

Sporty proportions. With  a length of 4,278 mm, the  new  convertible is 152 mm longer than the  New  Beetle. It is also  84 mm wider (1,808 mm, not  including exterior rear-view mirrors). Since  the  convertible is 29 mm flatter, with a height of 1.473, the proportions alone give  this Beetle a very sporty appearance.

Rear  spoiler as standard feature. The style itself follows  the  Volkswagen design DNA. This is clearly  demonstrated by the  horizontal layout of the rear  bumper, the  front air inlet, the  straight bonnet edges, the  precisely drawn line  between the A-pillars and soft  top C-pillars or  the design of the taillights. One  thing is certain: All of the styling characteristics of  the Beetle and New  Beetle have been preserved – which is little surprise, because cars  like the  Beetle have had a decisive influence on Volkswagen’s design DNA. Of course, other design features of the  Beetle Cabriolet include the extending wings and clearly marked taillights, the shape of the bonnet, the rocker panels and door sills  and – more than ever  – the  capability to integrate large  wheels (up  to 19 inch). An entirely new  feature on  the  Beetle Cabriolet is the  rear spoiler, which is homogeneously integrated into the  design as a standard feature and helps to maintain high speed stability. The  bottom surface of the  rear spoiler is always finished in black, while  the  top  is painted to match the colour of the  car.

Uncompromising safety

Invisible rollbar. Just like  the New  Beetle Cabriolet, this new open- top Volkswagen is equipped with a rollover protection system as  a standard feature. This design of this  invisible rollbar has  been advanced in many respects, making it possible now  to equip the  convertible with symmetrically divided rear seat backrests and thus allowing transport of long items. Within milliseconds of the vehicle exceeding a defined lateral acceleration or  vehicle inclination threshold, the rollover protection system shoots up behind the  rear  headrests. This mechanism is controlled by the  central airbag actuating unit. For the  newest version of this  rollover protection system, use  of high tensile strength steel and aluminium have made it possible to reduce the  weight by nearly 50 per cent in comparison to other solutions.

Reinforced body shell. The  rollover protection system is  part of  a comprehensive safety package, which ensures the highest level  of passive safety for the  convertible. Other specific modifications include a stable tubular member in the  top  edge  of the door, reinforced A-pillars (additional 0.5 mm  sheet metal thickness) and particularly strong rocker panels. On the  Beetle Cabriolet, the  A-pillars also  consist of extremely stable, hot-shaped sheet metal. These features also  serve to  protect passengers in  a head-on collision or  when the car  rolls. In  side-on collisions, the  function of the  most important structural components are  assumed by the  reinforced B-pillars, the  floor  cross-members and the  doors. The passive safety  features are completed by the  front airbags and side  head-thorax airbags. The entire reinforcement and the  rollover protection system results in 114 kilograms of additional weight for the convertible in comparison to the  coupé.

Extreme torsional rigidity. Simultaneously, the body reinforcement improves the  car’s  static and dynamic torsional rigidity. The  resonant torsional frequency has  an  excellent value of 17.8 Hz. For  this reason, the  new  Beetle Cabriolet does not require any  vibration dampers, such as are  frequently used on  other convertibles.


What the Beetle Cabriolet has in common with  the  cabriolet of the  New  Beetle range is the  truly ”open” convertible feeling without the  need for an  extremely long  windscreen frame. Both  driver and passengers enjoy every millimetre of space to the roof  frame, which is simply missing on  other convertibles. Moreover: The  additional exterior length of 152 mm in  comparison to  the New Beetle Cabriolet becomes very  evident in  the interior and boot. This impression is intensified by  the fact  that all  four passengers enjoy generous headroom even with  the  roof  closed; an  additional 12 mm in comparison to the  New  Beetle Cabriolet.

Folding rear seat backrests as standard feature. Even  when put down, the  soft  top  does not limit the  space in the  boot; in comparison to the New  Beetle Cabriolet, the  volume was  increased by 24 litres for a total of 225 litres. In contrast to the  New Beetle Cabriolet, the  symmetrically divided rear seat backrest can be  folded down thanks to a  newly developed rollover protection system.

Wind deflector eliminates drafts. The  convertible can  also  be  ordered with a wind deflector, which can easily be  fastened above the rear seat, allowing you  to take  long  trips with  the  roof  open. When the  wind deflector is in  use, the two  rear seats offer  additional storage space.

Perfection in detail: When not in use,  the  wind deflector can  be stored in its own special compartment in the  boot, where it is protected and takes up  only  minimal space.

Charismatic interior. Many details make the interior of  the Beetle Cabriolet pleasantly unique. For  instance, as  already described, the relatively upright windscreen, reminiscent of classic sports cars. And the  instrument panel – the  Dash Pad – combining innovative technology and controls with  an  enamel finished surface and glove  compartment similar to  that in the air-cooled Beetle. It offers a great deal of space and comfort for  four passengers. It has seats just as well-suited for  a ride  over  the  north loop as a trip  from London to Lisbon. And there are shapes that are  not an  end in themselves but always have a functional purpose as well.  For  instance, the  shape and colour of the  instrument panel, which creates a visual bridge back to the  time of the  first  Beetle, but is not retro.

Ambient illumination in red, white or blue. Next to the  steering wheel, the Beetle Cabriolet not only has a  small wheel for  regulating the brightness of the instrument panel; it also  has an (optional) second wheel with  the  scale markings “0”, “r”, “w” and “b”. This  wheel allows selection of the colour for  the ambient illumination: Red,  white or blue. Indirect illumination is provided on the  top  rail of the  door, while direct illumination emanates from around the outer circumference of the door speakers in  the form of a light ring. The  multi-coloured ambient illumination is offered as a package in combination with the also  optional Fender sound system. A single colour version (white) without light  ring  around the  speakers is offered as a standard feature in combination with  the  “Sport” and “Sport Exclusive” versions.

Information and systems within easy view  of the driver. In  front of the driver, three round instruments (tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge) provide all significant information; a multi-function display is also integrated in the  centre of the  middle speedometer. Beginning with the  “Design” version, the  adjustable air vents and instruments also have chrome trim. This also  applies to the  audio/navigation system, which is located optimally in the  centre of the  dashboard, in the  driver’s field of vision.  And beneath: the  control for the  air conditioning, a central switch strip for the  hazard warning flasher and finally  the  shift  lever  with  the start button for the  engine located in front of it (optional).

Second glove  compartment in Beetle style. Like the  air-cooled Beetle, the Beetle Cabriolet has an additional glovebox with top-hinged lid integrated into the front trim on  the passenger side (the standard glove  compartment also  integrated into the  dashboard is hinged at the bottom). Other interesting features include the  auxiliary instruments above the audio/navigation system with oil temperature display, stop watch and charge pressure indicator above the  centre console on  the instrument panel.

Equipment versions and special models

The new Beetle Cabriolet is being launched with five equipment  versions: “Beetle”, “Design”, “Design Exclusive”, “Sport” and “Sport Exclusive”. Moreover, three  special models are  being offered for  a limited time especially for  this open version of the Beetle:  the “50’s Edition”, “60’s Edition” and “70’s Edition”, each with  the  flair of the  decade after which it is named. Each  of these eight different models has  its own  particular character.

Electrically operated top standard on every model. Standard features on every Beetle Cabriolet include an electrically-operated soft top, a soft  top  cover for use  when the  top  is down (dust protection), electric windows all round, RCD 310 audio system (eight speakers, CD player, MP3 function, double tuner, AUX IN interface), daytime running lights, electronic stabilisation programme including electronic differential lock plus brake assist and hill climb assist, airbag system with  front and side head-thorax airbags and active rollover protection system.

Bi-xenon headlights and Fender sound system. For  the  first  time, the optional features available for  the Beetle Cabriolet include details such as  bi-xenon headlights, a keyless starting and locking system (Keyless Access), multi-colour ambient illumination, a Fender sound system (400 watts of pure power including subwoofer), automatic climate control, radio/navigation system, auxiliary instruments on  the dashboard (stop watch, oil temperature, charge pressure) and alloy wheels up  to 19˝.

“Beetle”, “Design / Exclusive”, “Sport / Exclusive”

Engine / equipment combinations. The  two  entry level engines (diesel and petrol each with a power output of 77 kW / 105 PS) can be  ordered in  combination  with the “Beetle”, “Design” and “Design Exclusive” specifications; the “Sport” and “Sport Exclusive” versions are  not available with  these engines. All five versions can  be combined with  the intermediate performance engines (103 kW / 140 PS and 118 kW / 160 PS). The top  engine (147 kW / 200 PS) is available exclusively with  “Sport” and “Sport Exclusive” specification.

“Beetle” equipment version

“Beetle” / exterior. The  basic version of the Beetle Cabriolet can be distinguished by its black  exterior trims – air intake grilles,  door handles and the protective side trim as  well  as  16 inch steel wheels. As usual at Volkswagen, the  side  indicator lights have been integrated into the painted exterior rear-view mirror housings. One  invisible Volkswagen standard: all relevant body parts are  galvanised to prevent rusting. By contrast, very visible: the  rear spoiler is a standard feature.

“Beetle” / interior. The  so-called “Dash Pad”  has  an  unobtrusive black finish on  this version. Other standard equipment includes a three- spoke steering wheel, shift gate and cup holder with chrome trim, black door liners, large stowage compartments  in  doors, Easy  Entry aid,  symmetrically divided, folding rear seat backrests and height adjustment for front seats. The  seats are  upholstered with breathable fabric in “Beetle” design. Moreover, the parking brake lever button, heater controls, door pull  handles as well as the  clip  on  the  light  knob are  all refined with  chrome trim or are  solid  chrome.

“Beetle” / functions. Always included are  features such as the electric drive for  the soft  top, the hill  climb assist system, electric windows and  electric rear-view mirror adjustment,  convenience  flasher (press 1 x - flashes 3 x), vertical and axial  adjustment for  the steering column, make-up mirrors in sun visors, plus multi-function display, RCD 310 radio/CD system with  eight speakers, electro-mechanical and speed-dependent  power steering, warning tone when lights are  not switched off, as well as visual and audible warnings for unbuckled seat belts (system senses all seats), two  reading lights and central locking system with  RF remote control.

“Beetle” / safety. Every Beetle Cabriolet is equipped with  Volkswagen’s electronic stabilisation programme (including ABS, brake assist, EDS, ASR and counter-steer assist), daytime running lights, three-point seat belts (with tensioners on  front seats), ISOFIX fixtures in the  rear bench seat for use  with  compatible child seats, front airbags, combined headthorax airbags for driver and front passenger, reflectors in doors and automatic hazard warning flasher (for emergency braking manoeuvres).

“Design” equipment version

“Design” / exterior. The  “Design” version is based on  the “Beetle” version but offers even more exclusive features. These start outside with  body-coloured door handles and protective side  trim (latter with chrome strip). The black air inlet grilles  at the  front are  accentuated by chrome trim. 16-inch light  alloy  “Whirl” rims with wide 215 mm tyres complete the  appearance.

“Design” / interior, functions, safety. Inside, the  attractive dash pad is also painted to match the  colour of the  car. Integrated into the  dash pad in front of the  front seat  passenger is the  so-called “Beetle  compartment” located behind a top-hinged lid and also  painted to match the  colour of the  car.  It is latched with  a silver-coloured catch. Also painted to match the  colour of the  car:  The  top  door rail.  Stowage compartments  on  the rear of the front seats as well as a chrome clasp for the light knob and chrome trim around the  controls for the ventilation system or optional air  conditioning are  also  standard. Also chrome: the trim around the instruments, the  decorative rings  around the  side air vents and the  radio module, plus the  trim on  the  electric window switches. Moreover, the “Design” version includes comfort front seats, “Design” seat covers, a three-spoke steering wheel with trim to match the  colour of the car, carpet mats (front and rear), fog lights with  static cornering feature as well as indirect background lighting in the  area of the  two reading lights between the  driver and front passenger.

“Design Exclusive” equipment version

“Design Exclusive” / exterior. Those choosing the “Design Exclusive” version of the  Beetle Cabriolet automatically benefit from 18-inch light alloy  “Twister” wheels (with black, high gloss  surface), wheel locks  for improved anti-theft protection and 235 mm wide  tyres.

“Design Exclusive” / interior. In comparison to the  standard “Design” version, the interior of the ”Design Exclusive” model gains a black dash pad, stainless-steel door sill panels with “Volkswagen Exclusive” monogram, ornamental seams in “Art Grey” as well as a leather cover  for the  steering wheel, shift  lever  handle and parking brake lever,  a centre armrest (front), sport seats (front), leather seat mid-section and sides (“Nappa” cool  leather) as well as carpet floor mats with  coloured edging (front and rear).
“Design Exclusive” / functions. The  Design Exclusive version of the Beetle Cabriolet also  includes standard features such as heated seats and lumbar supports (front seats) as well as a tyre  pressure indicator.

“Sport”  equipment version

“Sport” / exterior. On the  exterior, the  Beetle  Cabriolet Sport is equipped with large 17-inch light alloy  “Spin” rims and 215/55  tyres, giving it a dynamic appearance. Also standard are  the red-painted brake calli- pers (with 147 kW / 200 PS engine), black-finished exterior rear mirror housings and protective side trim (latter with chrome application), chrome trim on  the  air  intake grille,  chrome-plated exhaust pipe tips (with 147 kW / 200 PS engine) and anodised aluminium trim strips.

“Sport” / interior, functions, safety. Inside, the  Beetle Cabriolet Sport offers a dash pad with  sporty carbon look  plus ”Beetle compartment”; customers also  have the  option to order the  dash pad in black or body colour. Standard equipment also  includes ambient illumination (single colour), sport seats with lumbar support (front) in  “Sport” design (with stowage pockets on  front seat backrests), a three-spoke steering wheel with  black-finished decoration, leather parking brake lever  and gear knob, aluminium-look pedals, chrome trim on  controls for  air conditioning (standard in  this case), black-finished upper door rails and carpet mats. Also standard: Fog lights with static cornering feature and front indirect background lighting.

“Sport Exclusive” equipment version

“Sport Exclusive” / exterior. The “Sport Exclusive” version of the  Beetle Cabriolet is equipped with  18-inch light alloy “Twister” rims  (with  black, high gloss  surface) including locking wheel bolts and 235 mm tyres.

“Sport Exclusive” / interior. In  comparison to  the “normal” “Sport” version, the interior of the Exclusive model also  has  a black dash pad, stainless steel door sill panels with  “Volkswagen Exclusive” monogram, ornamental seams in “Art Grey”  for the  steering wheel, gear  knob and parking brake lever,  a centre armrest (front), leather seat mid-section and sides (“Nappa” cool  leather) as well as carpet mats with coloured edging (front and rear).

“Sport Exclusive” / functions. The Sport Exclusive version of the  Beetle Cabriolet also  includes standard features such as  heated seats and lumbar supports (front seats) as well as a tyre  pressure indicator.

Special “50’s”, “60’s” and “70’s” models

Homage to original Beetle convertible. As previously mentioned, some cars reflect the characters of their owners. Anyone who attempts to capture the  spirit of a certain era with  his or her  clothes, hairdo or décor will also  transfer this  preference to their car.  The  new  Beetle Cabriolet makes this possible for the  first time. Background: For the  market launch of the open-top Beetle, Volkswagen has devised three special edition models: the  stylish “50’s Edition”, the  cool “60’s Edition” and the  elegant “70’s Edition”. Each  of these three editions reflects the  character of its specified decade – and also pays  homage to the  legendary original Beetle convertible.

Special “50’s Edition”

Classic black exterior. The exterior is distinguished by the  17˝ light alloy “Circle Black”  rims (basic colour black with chrome-plated rim  edge and also  chrome-plated hub caps), chrome-plated exterior rear mirror caps, “50’s” badges in chrome, black soft  top, fog lights with  cornering feature and “Uni-Black 50’s Edition” paintwork. The  interior features provided as standard on the  “50’s Edition” include items such as heated sport seats with  lumbar support (front), black dash pad and door trim, “Vienna” leather trims – as contrast to black in light  “nutria beige” or two-tone “salsa red  / titanium black” – carpet mats (front and rear), three-spoke leather steering wheel, air  conditioning, exclusive RCD
510 audio system (incl.  full colour TFT touchscreen, CD changer, MP3 function, AUX IN interface and double tuner) with  eight speakers, plus multifunction display as well as cruise control.

Up  to 160  PS.  The  “50’s  Edition” can be  ordered in  combination with all TDI and TSI engines available for  the Beetle Cabriolet up to 118 kW / 160 PS.

Special “60’s Edition”

Statement in light blue or cool  white. The  “60’s Edition” captures the flair  of the sixties with high quality sport seats (front, with lumbar supports) in two-tone ”Vienna” leather (“Atlantic blue / titanium black or  “salsa red  / titanium black”), choice of “Denim blue” or  “Candy white” paintwork, black  soft top,  “60’s” badges and auxiliary instruments (charge pressure, oil temperature and stop watch). Also matching: 18˝ light  alloy “Twister” rims (base colour black with  five high  gloss spokes) and black exterior rear mirror caps. Also  included as  standard fea- tures: Cruise control, carpet mats (front and rear), three-spoke leather steering wheel, plus multifunction display, RCD 510 top  audio systems (incl.  full colour TFT touchscreen, CD changer, MP3 function, AUX IN interface, double tuner and eight speakers), MEDIA IN as USB interface, fog lights with  cornering feature and chrome “Volkswagen” monogram on  boot lid.

With 140 PS or 160 PS. The “60’s Edition” is offered with  a 118 kW / 160 PS TSI engine (petrol, with optional seven-speed DSG) and TDI (diesel) with  103 kW / 140 PS (with optional six-speed DSG).

Special “70’s Edition”

Noble in toffee brown or platinum grey.  The  “70’s Edition” is designed for elegance - with  “toffee brown metallic” or “platinum grey metallic” paintwork, each matched to  the  beige-colour soft  top and the  leather seats  (“Vienna” in  “nutria beige”, front sport seats with lumbar supports). Chrome dominates the  large  18” light alloy “Disc” wheels and the  exterior rear mirror housings. Other standard features on  the  new “70’s Edition” Beetle Cabriolet include fog lights  with  cornering feature, “70’s” badges, cruise control, multi function display, carpet mats (front and rear), three-spoke leather steering wheel and the  high quality RCD 510 audio system (incl.  full colour TFT touchscreen, CD changer, MP3 function, AUX IN interface and double tuner) with  eight speakers.

Accessories and special equipment

In  addition to  the five  equipment versions and three special models, the  Beetle Cabriolet can  be  further customised with our  range of special equipment. Here the  range goes from decals and chrome emblems such as  “Beetle” or  “Volkswagen” to  sporty R-Line packages and technical features such as our Keyless Access system for starting and locking the  car without a key or a 400 watt sound system from the U.S. specialist Fender. Most important special equipment at a glance:

Special equipment

Chrome emblems. The  nickname used in  each specific country is available as an option for the  rear of the  Beetle Cabriolet – monograms include  “Käfer”, “Beetle”, “Bug”,  “Vocho”, “Coccinelle”, “Fusca” or “Maggiolino”. Naturally, only  if you  want it. If there really  is a country that doesn’t have a nickname for our  bestseller in its vocabulary, that’s no  problem either; in  such cases the “Beetle” monogram is always available. And,  naturally, another name is also  available as an  option: “Volkswagen”.

Decals. The  exterior can also  be  customised with a variety of decals. On the  convertible various nickname decals are  available for the  lower area of the  doors.

Door sill panels. This  detail protects the  door sills from scratches and damage: stainless steel door sill plates (various monograms are  also available for this  application).

Key  cover. Even  the keys  can be  customised with a cover from the Volkswagen range of accessories. Two are  available: a white cover with black monogram  (“Beetle”, “Bug”,  “Vocho”, “Coccinelle”, “Fusca”, “Käfer”,  “Maggiolino” or “Turbo”); or a black cover with  white lettering for the  “Turbo” monogram.

Exhaust pipe tip cover. The new exhaust pipe tip cover  (76 mm  diameter) made of high quality stainless steel (polished to high gloss)  underlines the  sportiness of the  Beetle Cabriolet.

Radio/CD systems. The Beetle  Cabriolet is already equipped as standard with the high quality RCD 310 audio system with eight speakers (four tweeters and four woofers) including a double tuner. The  top audio system is the  RCD 510 with  integrated CD changer, interface for SD cards and TFT touchscreen.

Radio/navigation systems. An economical yet  attractive entry to  the world of radio/navigation systems is offered by the  RNS 315 with five- inch touchscreen (400 x 240 pixels), CD player, SD card slot  and double tuner. The  top model radio/navigation system is the RNS 510 which provides additional functionality with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, DVD player, voice  control, SD card slot  and 30 gigabyte hard disc.

Sound system from Fender. If you  love  the world of rock music, you will  be  familiar with legends like  Jimi  Hendrix or  Eric  Clapton. The one played, the  other is still  playing his  Fender guitar. This  legendary American musical instrument  and amplifier manufacturer is  now providing its  know-how in  cooperation with Panasonic exclusively for  Volkswagen. That is why  the Beetle Cabriolet is available with an optional Fender sound system. Anyone choosing this system also receives an adjustable ambient illumination system for  the interior which can be  set  to  one of three colours (white, red  or  blue) and an MDI. In addition to indirect illumination in the  door rail, it also includes a light  ring  around each speaker in the  doors. The Fender sound system consists of two  tweeters each installed in the  rear view mirror triangles and rear side  panelling. Woofers are  contained in the  front doors; the woofers behind the rear side panelling have single vibration coils.  In addition a subwoofer is installed in a closed bass box  integrated into the boot. The  heart of the sound system is the 10-channel amplifier with  Class  A/B output stages and 400 watts of output power. In Europe, the  Beetle and new  Beetle Cabriolet are  the  only  cars available with a Fender sound system.

Leather upholstery and sport seats. “Vienna” leather upholstery is available in  a number of refined versions. In  this case the Beetle Cabriolet is equipped with sport seats. These appointments also include the stowage pockets on  the rear of the front seats as  well  as  lumbar supports and heated front seats.

Bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. For the  first time Volkswagen is offering the  Beetle Cabriolet with bi-xenon headlights. Here the  bi-xenon modules are  surrounded by 15 LEDs, which serve as daytime running lights and parking lights. In this case, LEDs are  also used to illuminate the  number plate.

Keyless Access.  With  the  Keyless  Access  system door locks  and ignition locks  are  a thing of the  past. As soon as you  touch the  door handle, the system recognises the access authorisation from the transponder in your jacket, trouser pocket or purse and unlocks the  Beetle Cabriolet, allowing you  to  start the engine with the “Press & Drive” button next to  the  gear  knob. The  Volkswagen is locked again from the  outside as soon as you touch one of the door handles; in this case, on a surface marked especially for this  purpose. From the  middle of the  year,  Keyless Access  will also  enable opening and closing of the  soft  top  via the  car’s remote control key.

Light  alloy  wheels. The  basic version is available with  16-inch “Whirl” light  alloy rims as well as the  17-inch light  alloy “Rotor”, “Turbine” and “Circle” versions. The  “Circle” rims are  offered in  two  colours: The “Circle White” version where the rims have a white enamel finish or the “Circle Black”  model; the hub caps and wheel trims on both rims are chrome plated. The “Rotor” and “Turbine” wheels can  be combined with all equipment  versions; the “Circle” version is available only  for the “Design” and “Sport” models. The  fact  that the Beetle Cabriolet has  a sportier design than its predecessor is demonstrated particularly by the 18˝ rims. For  instance the “Disc” version: Here a large, glossy disc  or  stylised hub cap is visually held in  place by the eight webs of the  rim  flange. The  18-inch “Twister” rim  also  sets  a sporty tone (matte black inside with  bright aluminium spokes). Both  18˝ wheels can  also  be combined with  any  Beetle. This  also  applies for the  19-inch “Tornado” wheels offered in two  colour versions; “Tornado Black”  and “Tornado White” (except for TSI versions with  77 kW).

Volkswagen R GmbH accessories

Five  sporty packages. Volkswagen R GmbH has developed various packages for  the  new Beetle Cabriolet, designed  exclusively for sportiness. All features are  offered under the  label “R-Line”.

R-Line exterior. This package includes the  18-inch “Twister” light  alloy rims  with 235 mm  tyres,  aluminium door sills (with  R-Line monogram), a tyre pressure indicator and R-Line  design bumper conceived especially for Volkswagen R GmbH.
R-Line Exterior / Interior .  In  this case the  exterior package is supplemented by  the following interior details: R-Line design dash pad, leather parking brake lever  and gearshift knob, aluminium design leather steering wheel with R-Line  logo,  “Kyalami” design textile seat covers (side  bolsters “San Remo” microfibre fabric) and front headrests with  R-Line  logo.

R-Line multifunction steering wheel. The “Exterior / Interior” package can be  supplemented by  an optional R-Line multifunction steering wheel.

R - l i n e  “ E x t e r i o r / I n t e r i o r ”  o p t i o n p a c k a g e .  A  supplementary “Exterior / Interior” package with leather upholstery (“Vienna” Cool Leather) including heated seats is also  available to  customise your convertible further in R-Line style. Volkswagen’s Cool  Leather is designed to absorb less heat in the  summer than other types of leather.

R-Line “Exterior / Interior” option package. As an alternative to “Vienna” leather, the  leather package with  heated seats is also  offered in even finer “Semi-Nappa”. This  feature is also  a supplement to the R-Line  “Exterior / Interior” package.

Petrol and diesel engines

Volkswagen offers  the  Beetle Cabriolet in Europe exclusively with  direct injection, four  cylinder turbo-charged engines. The  petrol engines (TSI) have output ratings of 77 kW / 105 PS,118 kW / 160 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS; the diesel engines (TDI)  develop 77 kW / 105 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS. Each of these engines can  be combined with an optional dual  clutch gearbox (six or seven-speed DSG) – a unique feature in this  class. The  efficiency of the  new  convertible is illustrated using the  two  105 PS versions with  BlueMotion Technology (Stop/Start system and battery regeneration). The TSI has  an average fuel efficiency of 5.8l/100  km  (134 g of CO2  per  km);  in the  case of the  TDI, this  figure decreases to 4.5 l/100 km (118 g of CO2/km).

Cabriolet-specific acoustics. Volkswagen has  matched the  sound from the  engine, or more correctly the  exhaust system, to the  basic dynamic layout of the  Beetle  Cabriolet. The demands for sporty performance were harmonised with  the  requirements for comfort. This  classic conflict of interest was solved by precise tuning of the components reacting to the engine load  (intake and flow in exhaust system), allowing the convertible to  make a powerful, rich sound at full  load as  well  as  at medium to high speeds. With  the  most powerful engine (147 kW / 200 PS), the  car is equipped with an  exhaust system using absorption-type silencers for optimised flow. Thanks to reduced exhaust back-pressure, this  system satisfies demands for high  performance as well as economical operation, with  convincing, powerful sound from just  above idle  as well as under partial load. The  performance and efficiency data for the  five engines are  listed below:

Three petrol engines with outputs of 105 PS, 160 PS and 200 PS

1.2 TSI with output of 77 kW / 105 PS. The  1.2 TSI with  77 kW / 105 PS (at 5,000  rpm) is exceptionally efficient. This  turbo-charged 1.2 litre  four cylinder engine follows the  downsizing principle in an  extreme form. The result is maximum power with  low fuel consumption and emission values (6.1 l/100 km and 142 g/km CO2). Nevertheless, the  smallest TSI is distinguished by its astonishing performance. For  example, the  Beetle 1.2 TSI accelerates from zero  to 100 km/h in 11.7 seconds and can  reach a top speed of 178 km/h. The  maximum torque of 175 Newton metres is available from just  1,550 rpm and remains constant up  to 4,100 rpm. Even  in fifth  gear, the Beetle accelerates from 80 to  120 km/h in only 16 seconds – providing an  elasticity that can  hardly be achieved by any conventionally aspirated engine with the  same output. The  Beetle 1.2 TSI is sold  with  a six-speed manual transmission as standard. 5.8  l/100  km. This  engine can also  be  combined with an optional seven-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG).  In this case the average fuel consumption is just 5.9 l/100 km  (139 g/km CO2).  Also optional is the 1.2 TSI engine with manual transmission and BlueMotion Technology (Stop/Start system and battery regeneration). Average fuel consumption: 5.8 l/100 km (134 g/km CO2)

1.4 TSI  with output of 118 kW / 160 PS. In the  next higher performance category, Volkswagen equips the  Beetle Cabriolet with a four  cylinder engine with  turbo-charger and supercharger (twin charger), providing an  output of 118 kW / 160 PS (at  5,800 rpm). Specific output: 84.3 kW or 114.3 PS per  litre  of displacement. The  maximum torque of 240 Newton metres is available from 1,500 rpm up to  4,500 rpm. The  result is that this  car  requires just  11.0 seconds to accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth  gear;  an  astounding example of elasticity. The  other performance values for the  Beetle 1.4 TSI are  also  sporty: Acceleration to 100 km/h in only  8.6 seconds and a top  speed of 206 km/h. 6.4 l/100  km.  Just  as with the 105 PS TSI, this engine is also  extremely economical with  fuel  consumption of just  6.8 l/100  km;  corresponding to a CO2  value of 158 g/km. Like all engines for the  Beetle Cabriolet, this TSI can also  be  ordered with an optional DSG (dual clutch gearbox), in which case it is even more economical: 6.4 l/100 km (148 g/km CO2).

2.0  TSI  with output of  147 kW/200  PS.  Our  largest TSI  engine has achieved cult  status among fans  of sporty Volkswagens. It develops its maximum output at 5,100 rpm. The  maximum torque of 280 Newton metres is available at 1,700 rpm. The  Beetle Cabriolet 2.0 TSI has  a top speed of 223 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. 7.5 l/100  km. The  average fuel consumption for  this turbo-charged engine is 7.5 l/100, and the  corresponding CO2  value is 174 g/km. In the version with six-speed DSG, the  engine requires only 7.8 l/km on average (183 g of CO2/km)

Two diesel engines with outputs of 105 PS and 160 PS

1.6 TDI with output of 77 kW / 105 PS. The  1.6 TDI is one of the  world’s most modern diesel engines. It  has an output of  77 kW / 105 PS (at 4,400 rpm) and torque of 250 Nm  (from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm). As with  all Volkswagen TDI engines featuring common rail direct injection, this four cylinder, four  valve engine guarantees optimal acoustic characteristics, high agility  and extremely low fuel  consumption and emission values. Naturally, the Beetle Cabriolet 1.6 TDI is equipped with a particulate filter.  On the  motorway the  Beetle Cabriolet 1.6 TDI has  a top  speed of
178 km/h (five-speed) or 176 km/h (DSG). The classic acceleration value from 0 to 100 km/h is 12.1 seconds for all versions with  this  engine. 4.5 l/100  km.  The  105 PS diesel engine is extremely economical, with  a fuel  consumption value of 4.7 l/100  km  (124 g of CO2/km). This  engine can optionally be  ordered with the seven-speed DSG gearbox. In this case, the  average fuel  consumption is just  4.9 l/100 km (128 g/km CO2). However, the  fuel consumption values for both versions can  be reduced even further by ordering the  1.6 TDI with  BlueMotion Technology (with Stop/Start system and battery regeneration). In this case, both versions (with five-speed gearbox or seven-speed DSG) have extremely low fuel consumption values of just  4.5 l/100  km  (five-speed: 118 g of CO2/km, seven-speed DSG: 119 g of CO2/km).

2.0 TDI with output of 103 kW / 140 PS. The most powerful diesel for the new  Beetle Cabriolet is the  common rail TDI engine with  103 kW / 140 PS (at 4,200 rpm). This  high torque turbo-diesel (320 Nm  at 1,750 rpm) can be ordered with  six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed DSG. 5.1 l/100  km. On  average the TDI  engine requires only 5.1 l/100  km (134 g of CO2/km). With  the six-speed DSG,  the fuel  consumption is 5.6 l/100 km (145 g of CO2/km). With either gearbox the  Beetle Cabriolet accelerates from 0 to 100 km  in 9.9 seconds; the  top  speed is 196 km/h (DSG: 193 km/h).

Very sporty and just as safe:

In comparison to that on the New Beetle Cabriolet, the  suspension on  the  Beetle Cabriolet has  been completely redesigned. At the front Volkswagen uses suspension struts with coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers. The rear  suspension consists of a four-link axle for exceptionally good handling and comfort. The  rear suspension was  adapted from that on  the  Golf and is one of the  most elaborate and safest designs of its type  in the  compact class.  The electro- mechanical power steering is easy-moving and extremely precise.

XDS for engines above 160 PS.  To ensure that the power in  the two most powerful Beetle versions reaches the  road properly, models with outputs of 118 kW / 160 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS are  equipped with  XDS as standard. XDS is a supplementary function of the  electronic differential lock and improves both traction and handling. During rapid cornering, as soon as the  electronic circuitry detects slip  on  the  inside wheel, the electronic stabilisation program builds up  brake pressure on the wheel in question, thus increasing the  traction. The  XDS therefore acts  in the same manner as a limited slip differential, compensating for understeer in fast  curves.


Name: The  Beetle Cabriolet

•   Character: Lifestyle convertible with  very good all-round features
•   Base  price: 21,350 euros (Germany)
•   Standard models “Beetle”, “Design”, “Sport”, “Design Exclusive”, “Sport Exclusive”
•   Special models: “50’s Edition”, “60’s Edition”, “70’s Edition”
•   World premiere: November 2012
•   Market launch in Europe: February 2013
•   Original Beetle Cabriolet debut: 1949
•   New Beetle Cabriolet debut: 2003
•   Designers: Walter de Silva (Volkswagen Group), Klaus  Bischoff (Volkswagen brand). Exterior: Marc  Lichte (team leader), Chris Lesmana, Nisan Kucam. Interior: Tomasz Bachorski (team leader), Ingo  Brückmann. Colour & Trim:  Oona Scheepers (team leader), Susanne Gerken
•   Dimensions: Length 4,278 mm, width 1,808 mm, height 1,473 mm, wheel base 2,540 mm, luggage space 225 litres
•   Number of predecessor vehicles built: > 565,000
•   Cabriolet-specific safety systems: Side  head-thorax airbags and automatic rollover protection system
•   Assist and convenience systems (some optional): Electronic stabilisation program (incl.  anti-lock brakes with  brake assist, traction control, electronic differential lock and engine drag torque control), XDS electronic differential lock,  tyre  monitoring indicator, cruise control, ParkPilot, Rear  Assist rear view camera, air-conditioning (manual) and automatic climate control, Keyless Access  system.
•  Engine specifications:  Petrol engines – TSI (petrol direct injection). Diesel – TDI (common rail)
•  Petrol engine performance range: 77 kW / 105 PS, 118 kW / 160 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS
•  Diesel engine performance range: 77 kW / 105 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS
•  Minimum fuel  consumption: 4.5 l/100 km (1.6 TDI with  105 PS)
•  Minimum CO2  emission value: 118 g/km (1.6 TDI with  105 PS)
•  Production location: Puebla, Mexico

Images : 2013 Volkswagen BEETLE Cabriolet




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