The Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept is not so much an exercise in adding even more edge to the redesigned Beetle and its more masculine retro look. Nope, it's more about what an all-electric Beetle would be like were VW to build one. The three-inch chopped roof and 20-inch wheels are just eye candy to get us to pay attention.

What's really going on here is VW applying its Blue-e-motion electric drive unit to a sexier shape ahead of its production debut in the decidedly more plebeian Golf. In this application, VW has fitted the E-Bugster Concept with an electric motor and 695-pound lithium-ion battery fitted under the rear seat and trunk floor. Combined, they'll be good for a 100-mile driving range, according to VW, and accept all kinds of charges, including a Level 3 quick charger that can get the pack back up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The motor produces 114-horsepower (85 kW) and 199 pound-feet of scoot.

Besides the chopped top and big wheels, the E-Bugster also gets slightly reworked front and rear fascias that feature the trademark LED daytime running lights that VW uses on all of its EV projects. The only change on the inside of the car is a new instrument cluster with an "energy consumption display" where the tachometer would be and additional gauges for the battery charge, range indicator and braking regen.

This also isn't even the first time that the Beetle has received the speedster treatment, with Volkswagen having shown the similar-looking Ragster concept at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show. We'd gladly welcome such a Beetle were VW to give it the green light, but expect the electrified drivetrain to reach dealerships before the chopped roof.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Loose the cool lights, return the roof to it's normal height and swap it with a textile one and TADA! You now know how the Convertible Beetle will look.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like a lot.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My first thoughts are forget the electric power train. Put a TT-S motor in and make it happen.
      • 3 Years Ago
      why do people find this cool? the the roof and LEDs look cheap and bolted-on. on a side note this must be slow as ****, it has 700 lbs tacked to it with maybe 25 extra instant lb-ft but -60 hp. also did i mention the 700 lbs added? and the lesBeetle (as IBx27 says) wasn't particularly fast as it was.
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        if you knew what you were talking about then you'd know germans always take longer but than release a much more refined product. but you never were reasonable in the first place
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        You're more of a sheep than almost anyone here.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        And this folks, Dan's comment, is an example of why you shouldn't abuse drugs.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          au contraire....if he did he would have realised the truth.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey look, someone put the roof and windows of a Sky on the new lesbeetle.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Reminds me of that mini they kind of both have this same top design
      • 3 Years Ago
      The designers have definitely freaked out with this version of the Beetle, as they have with the new Bug in general. I still say VW should have devised a rear engined, air cooled re-do of the original classic Beetle with the original's simplicity and all the safety and tech features required for the 21st century driver. I say it's possible, but VW decided that BIGGER is better and went with this imposter design of what was an international icon back in da day. A BIG mstake, VW...IMHO. BTW: the last version, the "New" Beetle, was a misfire too...unfortunately. Peace!<-AladdinSane-
      • 3 Years Ago
      maybe if this would be a Miss Turtle, Mr. Turtle would find it sexy...Until then it's uglier than sinn
      Matt Frawley
      • 3 Years Ago
      it is hot rod style!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is definitely a step in the right direction. I'd like to see VW put out a Baja Bug using the new style. The further they can get away from the previous generation and its horrible flower vase, the better.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the gen 2 new beetle.This new 2012 styling is horrible.I think they would have been better off perfecting the previous style,by widening it lowering it,offering an r version 275 to 300 hp ,and focus on modular type design and the tuner side for customization and oem tuner options. The pre 2012 beetle had serious brand loyalty. Every time I look at the new style I wince .The front end is too long.The car sits too high.The squarish shape of the top verses round,yikes !!! I know they were trying to capture a more male ,serios audience but they already had it in the form of all those garage monkeys out there like me turning those new beetles into some damn nice rides with some get up and go. ou put 275 hp in a new beetle and it is pretty fast.Not bad.
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