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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Compact
Production years: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Volkswagen revived the famous Beetle nameplate in 1998 when it introduced the Golf-based, round-shaped vehicle on the market, bringing a breath of fresh air into the German carmaker's lineup.

While the original model, although heavily upgraded, of the Beetle was still produced in Mexico, Volkswagen decided that it was time for a new model to carry on the car's legacy that built the German brand. Thus, in 1994, at the North American International Auto Show, the carmaker unveiled a concept car named Concept One that announced the revival of the Beetle. By 1997, the concept car became a reality.

Developed during the full biodesign era, the Beetle resembled some of its ancestors' features, such as the curved, oversized fenders. Its sloped, round headlights were mounted on a front fascia that didn't show an upper grille. Unlike the original version, this time, the Beetle was a front-engined vehicle, so it needed a cooling area that was incorporated into the lower bumper. The bubble-like appearance was emphasized by the sloped rear end, where a tailgate opened to reveal the trunk. Last but not least, the carmaker added a pair of round taillights.

The interior followed the same retro-design concept, with a round instrument cluster that sported the speedometer and the fuel and temperature gauges. The design was complemented by a small vase placed next to the steering wheel. On the center stack, Volkswagen installed the AC unit and the stereo. The Beetle offered seating for four, with a split-folding (50/50) rear bench and two bucket seats at the front.

The 1998 Beetle shared its underpinning with the well-known Golf IV, featuring McPherson front suspensions and trailing arms at the rear. Under the hood, the carmaker added a choice of gasoline and turbo-diesel engines. Last but not least, it was offered with either a manual or an automatic transmission for selected engines.

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VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  7 gasoline engines
  • 1.4L 5MT (75 HP)
  • 1.6L 4AT (102 HP)
  • 1.6L 5MT (102 HP)
  • 1.8L Turbo 5MT (150 HP)
  • 2.0L 4AT (115 HP)
  • 2.0L 5MT (115 HP)
  • 2.3L V5 5MT (170 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 1.9L TDI 4AT (90 HP)
  • 1.9L TDI 5MT (90 HP)
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VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.4L 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.4L 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1390 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5000 RPM
75 HP @ 5000 RPM
74 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
93 lb-ft @ 3300 RPM
126 Nm @ 3300 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
100 mph (161 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65TR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.62 in (4080 mm)
Width
67.71 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.05 in (1500 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.44/58.66 in (1,510/1,490 mm)
Wheelbase
98.81 in (2510 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2500 lbs (1134 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3571.5 lbs (1620 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.3 mpg US (9.3 L/100Km)
Highway
41.3 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Combined
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
168 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.6L 4AT (102 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 4AT (102 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1596 cm3
Power
75 KW @ 5600 RPM
102 HP @ 5600 RPM
101 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
109 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
148 Nm @ 3800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
109 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65TR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.62 in (4080 mm)
Width
67.71 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.05 in (1500 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.44/58.66 in (1,510/1,490 mm)
Wheelbase
98.81 in (2510 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2718 lbs (1233 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3638 lbs (1650 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.5 mpg US (11.5 L/100Km)
Highway
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
Combined
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
199 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.6L 5MT (102 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (102 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1596 cm3
Power
75 KW @ 5600 RPM
102 HP @ 5600 RPM
101 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
109 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
148 Nm @ 3800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
111.2 mph (179 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/65TR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.62 in (4080 mm)
Width
67.71 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.05 in (1500 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.44/58.66 in (1,510/1,490 mm)
Wheelbase
98.81 in (2510 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2597 lbs (1178 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3571.5 lbs (1620 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
22.8 mpg US (10.3 L/100Km)
Highway
39.9 mpg US (5.9 L/100Km)
Combined
31.4 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
180 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.8L Turbo 5MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L Turbo 5MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1781 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 5700 RPM
150 HP @ 5700 RPM
148 BHP @ 5700 RPM
Torque
155 lb-ft @ 1750 RPM
210 Nm @ 1750 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
126.1 mph (203 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.62 in (4080 mm)
Width
67.71 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.05 in (1500 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.44/58.66 in (1,510/1,490 mm)
Wheelbase
98.81 in (2510 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2758 lbs (1251 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3748 lbs (1700 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21.2 mpg US (11.1 L/100Km)
Highway
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
Combined
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
199 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2.0L 4AT (115 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 4AT (115 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1984 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 5200 RPM
116 HP @ 5200 RPM
114 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
125 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
170 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
113 mph (182 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.62 in (4080 mm)
Width
67.71 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.05 in (1500 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.44/58.66 in (1,510/1,490 mm)
Wheelbase
98.81 in (2510 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2705 lbs (1227 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3693 lbs (1675 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.7 mpg US (13.3 L/100Km)
Highway
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Combined
24.8 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
228 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2.0L 5MT (115 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5MT (115 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1984 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 5200 RPM
116 HP @ 5200 RPM
114 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
125 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
170 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.62 in (4080 mm)
Width
67.71 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.05 in (1500 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.44/58.66 in (1,510/1,490 mm)
Wheelbase
98.81 in (2510 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2638.9 lbs (1197 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3637.6 lbs (1650 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Highway
34.1 mpg US (6.9 L/100Km)
Combined
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
209 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 2.3L V5 5MT (170 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3L V5 5MT (170 HP)
Cylinders
V5
Displacement
2324 cm3
Power
125 KW @ 6200 RPM
170 HP @ 6200 RPM
168 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
162 lb-ft @ 3300 RPM
220 Nm @ 3300 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
131.1 mph (211 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.62 in (4080 mm)
Width
67.71 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.05 in (1500 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.44/58.66 in (1,510/1,490 mm)
Wheelbase
98.81 in (2510 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2870.4 lbs (1302 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3814 lbs (1730 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
Highway
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
Combined
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
214 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.9L TDI 4AT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L TDI 4AT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1896 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 3750 RPM
90 HP @ 3750 RPM
89 BHP @ 3750 RPM
Torque
155 lb-ft @ 1900 RPM
210 Nm @ 1900 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
104 mph (167 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.62 in (4080 mm)
Width
67.71 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.05 in (1500 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.44/58.66 in (1,510/1,490 mm)
Wheelbase
98.81 in (2510 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2745 lbs (1245 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3726 lbs (1690 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
Highway
47 mpg US (5 L/100Km)
Combined
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
176 g/km

VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1.9L TDI 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L TDI 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1896 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 3750 RPM
90 HP @ 3750 RPM
89 BHP @ 3750 RPM
Torque
155 lb-ft @ 1900 RPM
210 Nm @ 1900 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons (54.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106.3 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
160.62 in (4080 mm)
Width
67.71 in (1720 mm)
Height
59.05 in (1500 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.44/58.66 in (1,510/1,490 mm)
Wheelbase
98.81 in (2510 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.38
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2696.3 lbs (1223 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3692.7 lbs (1675 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
Highway
54.7 mpg US (4.3 L/100Km)
Combined
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
140 g/km
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