VW E-Bugster Speedster Concept Unveiled in Beijing

The first set of pictures and details of the new E-Bugster have been released ahead of its debut at the Beijing Auto Show. The concept has been lowered by 90mm and lengthened by 30mm in an effort to add to its sporty appeal. With its short but steeply raked screen and rounded off shape, it harks back to the Porsche 356 Speedster of the 1950.
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The alterations to the new Beetle’s original shape have been a success as its lower profile, lower and deeper bumpers and 20 inch wheels, along with the loss of the roof really make the E-Bugster stand out. The C-shaped LED DRLs on the front bumper are a very good addition to the car and compliment the design instead of looking like an afterthought.

The all-electric concept is powered by a 115 HP electric motor driving the front wheels. It weighs just 80 kg and it enables the E-Bugster to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 km/h) in just under 11 seconds. The lithium-ion battery ensures that the car has a claimed maximum range of around 180 km (118 miles) in an urban environment. This figure is aided by a KERS system which charges the batteries when the driver applies the brake. The battery can be recharged in around 35 minutes with the use of a DC charging station.

The E-Bugster previews the Beetle convertible which is set to go on sale some time in 2013.
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