While in Germany, Leno dropped by the AMG factory, where he assisted in the assembly of an AMG 6.3 V8 for the SLS AMG. The TV host even got to play around in the electric version - the SLS AMG E-CELL.
The chat show host didn’t stop there, as he also stooped by Wolfsburg, giving the oldest ever Beetle in existence and the brand new one a back to back comparison. We’re reminded just how cool the old model is, and how thoughtfully it was put together, great attention having been paid to proper headroom and engine reliability.
The old-timer might be good to drive at 10 mph (16 km/h), but for the real kicks you’ll have to go for the poky 2012 Beetle, a mix of retro styling and modern creature comforts. Jay quickly gets behind the wheel of the VW’s latest offering in 2.0-liter form, with a sunroof and air conditioning. The engine comes from the Golf GTI, produces 200 horsepower and is mated to a double-clutch gearbox.
The TV host correctly points out how much the Beetle has change into more of a sportscar than the previous generation, due to the responsive engine and a type of gearbox that wasn’t even available on a Lamborghini some years back. It’s not really a revolution, this car, more of an evolution, and its granddaddy is surely proud.