Fast Take: The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible Is Not a Chick Car

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible is not a chick car. Yes, it’s cute and fun, and not at all brawny and serious, but if you steer clear of this simply because you think it’s a silly little chick car, then you’re making a mistake.

Much like muscle cars are considered guy turf, cute little convertibles are cars for women, or so goes the theory. I say this as a woman who drives a muscle car. I am the only one not in a minivan or SUV when I pick up my kids and that’s okay.

Now, guys, time for you to dare to break the mold and try the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible. They’ve changed the styling since it was first reintroduced and much of the rounded bubble look is gone. Especially in the convertible, the roofline is lower giving it a sportier look.

It’s also got loads of retro styling that Volkswagen says is not retro, but it so is. There’s chrome trim on the running boards and a dash-mounted gauge cluster with the oil temperature, boost pressure and a stopwatch. The exterior color wraps around to the interior with rounded chrome latches that make it look like something right out of the 60’s. Retro is cool. Retro is not just for chicks.

But what will really make you like this car, and not give a damn who anyone thinks should be behind the wheel, is when you take it for a drive. Let’s talk numbers. The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible has a 2.0L 16-valve, DOHC, in-line 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. You’ll get 200 hp with 207 lbs-ft of torque from this little rocket.

It moves. It moves fast. It moves aggressively.

This is not just about looks but about driving and if you like to drive, then you’re going to have a hell of a lot of fun cruising in the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible this summer.

Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.