How do you make the hot-selling Volkswagen Beetle even hotter? Chop the top!

Car and Driver says sun worshippers will have a convertible option when buying their Beetle next year. The news should be a surprise to no one, but engine choices could be.

VW says all the powertrain options in the coupe will be available in the convertible. That means the 170-horse five-cylinder, the 200-hp turbo four and even the 140-horse, 236 pound-feet of torque TDI diesel. Both transmissions will be on the menu as well: six-speed DSG or a six-speed manual.

Car and Driver speculates that VW will probably show off the convertible Bug at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. When it goes on sale in the spring, it'll be the only diesel convertible available in the States.The way VW's diesels are selling, don't expect the Bug version to sit around on lots very long.


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      T0pgear
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not off the radar as a guy anymore, it actually turns my head whenever I see one. Just gotta give up on those retro wheels..
      motoramic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think VW did a pretty good job in "masculinized" the hardtop Beetle. Despite at VW attempt to grab more men to buy the Beetle, some of you think that the convertible will appeals to women mostly? If I like the car, I would buy it! I don't have some of the "macho" insecurity issue like some of you do.
      Randy915
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw the hard top version on the road the other and must say it has quite the road presence, great design.
      A2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Resembles the old Speedster. Love It. A2
      zackwatt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the new Beetle but those front turn signals look make the front bumper look crooked.
      jonwil2002
      • 2 Years Ago
      ok, so, question, if VW can (as the sales numbers suggest) sell so many Diesel cars in the US, why are other automakers so unwilling to make Diesel cars for the US market?
        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonwil2002
        Emissions control systems to make diesels clean and easy to pass our emissions tests are a bit complicated to develop so companies that do not have existing diesel platforms have found it hard to justify. VW sells a lot of diesels overseas and its motor is a fairly good one, so making it EPA legal makes sense for them.
          Donny Hoover
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wrxfrk16
          Yeah, but that isn't the reason. Everybody sells diesels overseas. There is a diesel Smart, Fiesta, Yaris and many others selling in Europe right now. They have them, they just don't pass our emissions regulations. Still, to not allow a 70 mpg diesel VW polo but to allow 15 mpg pickup is absolutely absurd IMO.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Donny Hoover
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a baby 911, which is cool. I still miss the chrome bumpers and old styling but at least a guy could be seen driving this new one. Well, still maybe not the convertible. I wish they would have made a proper rear wheel drive one like the original. If they did, I'd probably have bought one a coupe diesel one instead of a Golf TDI.
      Stevie Diffy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Got to see one in person at the dealership yesterday. The salesman said the turbo version was faster than a GTi. It looks good folks. Dont know how it drives because I am not ready to buy another car yet and looking at the car I was afraid I would go in and buy one. Really though, I want the diesel model when it comes out. It is said that the diesel can get 50 mpg. The car would then pay for itself.
      Rudukai13
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hm. You know if they finally released an awd version of this Beetle, with the turbo and manual transmission, they could have a decent entrant for WRC/Rallycross...Do it VW. Do it.
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      If only I were gay. : (
      JaredN
      • 2 Years Ago
      And chicks everywhere rejoice ;)
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