Volkswagen is expected to start producing the new Beetle in March 1998 in Mexico. The new Beetle has the engine in the front and is also front driven. The platform is shared with the next generation Golf and Audi A3. Two engine options will be offered, a 2.0-liter, 115HP gasoline unit and a 1.9-liter, 90HP direct injection turbodiesel. Volkswagen will may offer a third engine in the 150HP range. Two transmissions will be offered, a 5-speed manual and a 4- or 5-speed automatic transmission.
Volkswagen has not yet priced the new Beetle, but it will be priced higher than the entry-level Golf! The Prices will be announced when the Beetle is shown at the Detroit auto show in January '98.
The TDI-version will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 12.5 seconds, top 110 mph, and average 46 mpg.
Volkswagen is readying an irresistible Power Beetle that boasts a 200-bhp, 2.9-liter VR6 engine mated to a Syncro four-wheel-drive system.
The standard equipment includes dual air bags, ABS, power steering, electric windows, central locking and tinted glass.
Do you think that this new Beetle can be half as much fun as a Riechert Tuned old fashion Beetle?
I don't think so!
Axel Fisser, Detroit USA
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