Red Hot Beetles

Sat, 28 Apr 2001
VW has launched two quick new versions of the Beetle.

The £15,445 1.8T has the same 150bhp 20valve 1.8 litre engine as the Golf GTi and numerous other VAG wagens. This gets it to 60mph in 8.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 126mph. Peak power of 150bhp is developed at 5,800 rpm and peak torque of 162lb ft (220 Nm) at 2,000 rpm. Combined fuel consumption is 34.4mpg and CO2 emissions 197grams per km for the manual or 221grams per km for the 4-speed automatic.

Standard kit includes ABS, front and side airbags, Electronic Stability Programme, remote central locking with alarm and immobiliser. Electric front windows and mirrors, height-adjustable front seats, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, air conditioning and 16 inch Monte Carlo alloy wheels.

The £16,995 Beetle V5 offers even more grunt. In this case, 170bhp at 6,200rpm and 220 lbs ft (298 Nm) at 3,200 rpm. 0-60 happens in 8.4 seconds and the car will go on to a top speed of 131mph. Combined fuel consumption is 31.7mpg and CO2 emissions 214grams per km. There is no automatic V5.

Distinguishing features of the V5 are 17 inch seven-spoke Daytona alloy wheels, and extra kit includes a boot mounted CD autochanger. Optional extras are leather seats, electric glass sunroof, cruise control and a winter pack of heated seats and washer jets.

Also new is an automatic 100bhp 1.6 litre Beetle at £13,235 on the road and coming early in 2002 will be a 100bhp TDI PD variant.

More at www.volkswagen.co.uk

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