While the original Beetle was replaced, but not thrown off the market, by the Golf MK I, the second generation of the Bug borrowed the Golf MK IV's platform. The third incarnation of the Bug shares its tech side with the Golf MK VI - to be more specific, the Beetle is the most trendy attire thrown over the VW Goup's PQ35 platform, an architecture that, in various forms, serves as a base for models ranging from the utilitarian VW Caddy to the sporty Audi TT.
The Beetle Turbo is not only a fashion-addicted young lady, but also likes to go to the gym in order to be able to play with its owner at an advanced level. Thus, before heading out to production, she asked her big... cousin, the Golf GTI MK VI for support.
As you know, the GTI is a kind person, so it had no problem in lending her the entire powertrain. Thus, her sexy hood hides a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder unit that uses direct injection and turbocharging to deliver 200 hp. However, the Golf did keep 10 hp for itself, just to make sure that it has a little advantage in the eyes of tech fans.
The unit works with a brilliant double-clutch DSG gearbox - we are talking about the six-speed, wet clutch unit. Even though the company has also developed a more efficient, seven-speed, dry-clutch transmission, this can't handle the torque of the 2.0 TSI powerplant.
The "21st century Beetle", as VW calls it, is about 100 kg (220 lbs) heavier than the model it replaces, but the engine more than makes up for this.
As for the gearbox, this manages to be brilliant at changing gears, whether you're burying the throttle or just trying to allow your lady friend in the right to take a nap during a long drive.
So, this pretty face hides hot hatch muscle, but can it put it to good use? We'll answer that in the "Open Road" chapter.Continue reading
VW Beetle technical data summary
Engine: 1984 cc L4 petrol
Transmission: double clutch (DSG)
Dimensions: 168.4 in (4277 mm) length / 72.1 in (1831 mm) width / 58.5 in (1486 mm) height
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