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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Small

The Beetle was one of the most important cars ever made.

It was produced in over 21 million units. After WWII, from the remains of its factory, Volkswagen was reborn due to the little car.

Designed by one of the greatest automotive engineers in history, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, by the order of the most feared dictators, Adolf Hitler, the VW 1200 was revived in 1945 with the help of the British Army officer Ivan Hirst. He convinced the British Army to order 20.000 cars.

The Beetle was a car built over an X-type chassis. The car's design was made by Ferdinand Porsche since the beginning of the '30s with the 1932 Porsche Type 12. Apart from the flat windows, the rest of the car was rounded. To ease-up the assembly process, the fenders were bolted onto the main body. In 1945, when the production was restarted, there were some modifications to the original concept and a split-window appeared in 1949.

The interior of the car was basic, with two seats in the front and a bench in the back. The flat dash panel was metallic and featured one dial before 1945. A set of turn-signals was installed in the car.

The engine was a flat-four. All Beetle had a flat-four since its conception. After the war, the only engine available was a 1.1-liter unit. Over time it evolved to a 1.2-liter and then a 1.3-liter unit. Some later vehicles were upgraded to single-point injection instead of carburetors and a 1.6-liter unit. A manual four-speed on the floor was the only option for a long time. Later on, some models were fitted with a 3- and 4-speed semiautomatic. Production ended in July 30 2003, in Volkswagen's factory from Mexic.

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VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1945 - 2003
  8 gasoline engines
  • 1.1L 4MT (25 HP)
  • 1.2L 4MT (30 HP)
  • 1.2L 4MT (35 HP)
  • 1.2L 4MT (41 HP)
  • 1.3L 4MT (45 HP)
  • 1.5L 4MT (54 HP)
  • 1.6L 4MT (43 HP)
  • 1.6L 4MT (51 HP)

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.1L 4MT (25 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.1L 4MT (25 HP)
Cylinders
B4
Displacement
1131 cm3
Power
18 KW @ 3300 RPM
25 HP @ 3300 RPM
24 BHP @ 3300 RPM
Torque
49 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
66 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
62 mph (100 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.2 in (4069 mm)
Width
60.6 in (1539 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
51/49.3 in (1,295/1,252 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1967 lbs (892 kg)

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.2L 4MT (30 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L 4MT (30 HP)
Cylinders
B4
Displacement
1192 cm3
Power
22 KW @ 3400 RPM
30 HP @ 3400 RPM
30 BHP @ 3400 RPM
Torque
56 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
76 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
160 in (4064 mm)
Width
60.5 in (1537 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1625 lbs (737 kg)

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.2L 4MT (35 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L 4MT (35 HP)
Cylinders
B4
Displacement
1192 cm3
Power
25 KW @ 3600 RPM
35 HP @ 3600 RPM
34 BHP @ 3600 RPM
Torque
61 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
83 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
71 mph (114 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.6 in (4079 mm)
Width
62.4 in (1585 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.3/53.2 in (1,379/1,351 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1918 lbs (870 kg)

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.2L 4MT (41 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.2L 4MT (41 HP)
Cylinders
B4
Displacement
1192 cm3
Power
30 KW @ 3900 RPM
41 HP @ 3900 RPM
40 BHP @ 3900 RPM
Torque
65 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
88 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
160 in (4064 mm)
Width
60.5 in (1537 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
51.5/50.7 in (1,308/1,288 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1629 lbs (739 kg)

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.3L 4MT (45 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.3L 4MT (45 HP)
Cylinders
B4
Displacement
1285 cm3
Power
33 KW @ 4100 RPM
45 HP @ 4100 RPM
44 BHP @ 4100 RPM
Torque
64 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
87 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
78 mph (126 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.6 in (4079 mm)
Width
62.4 in (1585 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.3/53.2 in (1,379/1,351 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1918 lbs (870 kg)

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.5L 4MT (54 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L 4MT (54 HP)
Cylinders
B4
Displacement
1493 cm3
Power
40 KW @ 4200 RPM
54 HP @ 4200 RPM
54 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
78 lb-ft @ 2600 RPM
106 Nm @ 2600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
78 mph (126 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
158.5 in (4026 mm)
Width
61 in (1549 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
51.7/53 in (1,313/1,346 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1808 lbs (820 kg)

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.6L 4MT (43 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 4MT (43 HP)
Cylinders
B4
Displacement
1584 cm3
Power
32 KW @ 4000 RPM
43 HP @ 4000 RPM
43 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
74 lb-ft @ 2200 RPM
100 Nm @ 2200 RPM
Fuel System
Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
77.1 mph (124 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
27.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
159.8 in (4059 mm)
Width
60 in (1524 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/53.5 in (1,321/1,359 mm)
Wheelbase
94.5 in (2400 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1801.1 lbs (817 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2646 lbs (1200 kg)

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.6L 4MT (51 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 4MT (51 HP)
Cylinders
B4
Displacement
1584 cm3
Power
37 KW @ 4000 RPM
51 HP @ 4000 RPM
50 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
78 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
106 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
81 mph (130 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.6 in (4079 mm)
Width
62.4 in (1585 mm)
Height
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.3/53.2 in (1,379/1,351 mm)
Wheelbase
95.3 in (2421 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1918 lbs (870 kg)
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