More Engines For Volkswagen Beetle
(Wednesday 25 July 2012)
Volkswagen has introduced two more engines to the Beetle range. Already familiar from other models, they are the 138bhp 2.0 TDI turbo diesel and the 198bhp 2.0 TSI turbo petrol.
The latter, obviously, provides greater performance, giving the Beetle a top speed of 139mph and a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds. The diesel is the one to go for if you're more interested in fuel economy, the official combined figure being 57.6mpg while its 129g/km CO2 emissions mean that it will cost £100 to tax from year two onwards.
Those figures assume six-speed manual transmission, though the DSG twin-clutch semi-automatic can also be specified in each case (fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and price all go up, but you do get greater convenience). The diesel comes in either Design or Sport trim levels, while the TSI is being sold either as a Sport or in the new Turbo Silver and Turbo Black limited edition specifications.
Whichever one you choose, all the 2.0 TSIs differ from other Beetles in that they have four-link rear suspension, twin chrome exhaust tailpipes, red brake calipers and a body-coloured rear diffuser.
2.0 TSI pricing starts at £22,295 for the Sport manual and extends to £24,505 for the Turbo Silver or Turbo Black with DSG. Diesel prices range from £20,085 for the Design manual to £23,445 for the Sport DSG.