For 2012 Volkswagen has completely redesigned the iconic Beetle.
The car that built and defined the VW brand is only three generations old but it now comes in three flavors.
Volkswagen plans on introducing a 2.5 Liter base model Beetle, and a 2.0L turbo-charged Beetle. A diesel TDI version will also soon follow.
For 2012 the new Beetle is all grown up and ready for college. Not only is the new Beetle 6 inched longer but it is also 3 inches wider.
The new 2012 Beetle also comes with a new manly design that hope to move the car away from the current mostly female buyer demographic….and yes the small bud vase is now gone. Instead the car has many more go fast parts including a squared off steering wheel and even 19 inch wheels as a option.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo is about 120 pounds lighter than the 2012 VW Golf GTI. Both VW cars share the same 2.0L turbo engine.
So is the 2012 Beetle turbo faster, better and more masculine?
Check out this first drive review as we test the new 2012 Beetle in the rolling hills of Virginia.