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2.0T 60s Edition 2dr Convertible
2013 Volkswagen Beetle

Less Flower, More Power Pardon our political incorrectness for a moment, but the Volkswagen New Beetle was, undeniably, a "chick car." There was almost nothing that the New Beetle offered to enthusiasts (of either gender), and by the end of its run, VW had even stripped all of the exciting engines from the car's lineup. Looking to resurrect some of the excitement behind the Beetle, the third generation of the iconic car ditched the cuteness when the coupe debuted for 2012, and now the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible aims to show how much fun drivers can have without a top. Celebrating almost six and a half decades of the Beetle convertible, Volkswagen is offering a trio of distinct special editions that celebrate three of the car's most popular decades (the '50s, '60s and '70s), but as one of the unofficial cars of the 1960s, it would almost be a crime not to test this version, right? Besides, this is also the only special edition to get the turbocharged engine. While our first drive of the 2013 Beetle Convertible was in the fuel-miser TDI variation, our two-week romp in the 2013 Beetle Convertible '60s Edition came just as peak convertible weather was kicking off down in Florida. The retro styling craze caught like a wildfire in the early 2000s, but quickly fizzled out as automakers realized that redesigning these cars for a subsequent second generation became a challenge in itself. This is likely the very reason why the New Beetle remained relatively the same for almost its entire 12-year run, but in creating the third-generation Beetle, Volkswagen tried to distance itself from adjectives like "cute" and "bubbly" by using more mainstream-friendly cues, which carry over nicely to the convertible form. VW managed to keep the styling between the coupe and convertible almost identical with the top up. The Beetle still has an overall shape similar to the previous model, including the signature circular headlights and the wide, rounded fenders, but the longer nose, flatter roofline and D-shaped taillights all do wonders to add a little athleticism to the Beetle's look. As hard as VW tried to get away from the quirky design of the New Beetle, though, it's still kind of hard to pull off the Denim Blue paint job of to the '60s Edition model without having some people refer to it with some sort of dainty phrases. Thankfully, even in this color, the Beetle is hard to criticize with its 18-inch five-spoke wheels, red-painted brake calipers and the subtle rear spoiler. VW even managed to keep the styling between the coupe and convertible models almost identical with the top up, but the biggest improvement made to this car is the better packaging of the roof when lowered. No longer is there a giant mound of fabric blocking rearward visibility when the top is down, and this is accomplished with a totally redesigned top mechanism, which you can see the differences between in this comparison of VW stock photos showing …
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Less Flower, More Power Pardon our political incorrectness for a moment, but the Volkswagen New Beetle was, undeniably, a "chick car." There was almost nothing that the New Beetle offered to enthusiasts (of either gender), and by the end of its run, VW had even stripped all of the exciting engines from the car's lineup. Looking to resurrect some of the excitement behind the Beetle, the third generation of the iconic car ditched the cuteness when the coupe debuted for 2012, and now the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible aims to show how much fun drivers can have without a top. Celebrating almost six and a half decades of the Beetle convertible, Volkswagen is offering a trio of distinct special editions that celebrate three of the car's most popular decades (the '50s, '60s and '70s), but as one of the unofficial cars of the 1960s, it would almost be a crime not to test this version, right? Besides, this is also the only special edition to get the turbocharged engine. While our first drive of the 2013 Beetle Convertible was in the fuel-miser TDI variation, our two-week romp in the 2013 Beetle Convertible '60s Edition came just as peak convertible weather was kicking off down in Florida. The retro styling craze caught like a wildfire in the early 2000s, but quickly fizzled out as automakers realized that redesigning these cars for a subsequent second generation became a challenge in itself. This is likely the very reason why the New Beetle remained relatively the same for almost its entire 12-year run, but in creating the third-generation Beetle, Volkswagen tried to distance itself from adjectives like "cute" and "bubbly" by using more mainstream-friendly cues, which carry over nicely to the convertible form. VW managed to keep the styling between the coupe and convertible almost identical with the top up. The Beetle still has an overall shape similar to the previous model, including the signature circular headlights and the wide, rounded fenders, but the longer nose, flatter roofline and D-shaped taillights all do wonders to add a little athleticism to the Beetle's look. As hard as VW tried to get away from the quirky design of the New Beetle, though, it's still kind of hard to pull off the Denim Blue paint job of to the '60s Edition model without having some people refer to it with some sort of dainty phrases. Thankfully, even in this color, the Beetle is hard to criticize with its 18-inch five-spoke wheels, red-painted brake calipers and the subtle rear spoiler. VW even managed to keep the styling between the coupe and convertible models almost identical with the top up, but the biggest improvement made to this car is the better packaging of the roof when lowered. No longer is there a giant mound of fabric blocking rearward visibility when the top is down, and this is accomplished with a totally redesigned top mechanism, which you can see the differences between in this comparison of VW stock photos showing …
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Engine 2.0LI-4
MPG 21 City / 29 Hwy
Seating 4 Passengers
Transmission 6-spd auto-shift man w/OD
Power 200 @ 5100 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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