Topless Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept Previews Beetle Cabriolet: 2012 Beijing Auto Show

2012 Beijing Auto Show


  • Volkswagen E-Bugster Convertible Picture

    Volkswagen E-Bugster Convertible Picture

    The droptop Volkswagen E-Bugster concept car at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show previews a future Beetle Cabriolet. | April 25, 2012

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2012 Beijing Auto Show

>Just the Facts:
  • The topless Volkswagen E-Bugster concept at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show previews the look of the future Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet.
  • The drop-top E-Bugster concept is lower than the 2012 Beetle, with a chopped windshield, flared fenders and LEDs lighting up the front fenders.
  • No confirmation yet from VW on whether an electric Beetle convertible is in the works; a gas-powered Beetle convertible is expected to debut in November at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

BEIJING — The topless Volkswagen E-Bugster concept at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show previewed the look of the future Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet, the German automaker said in a statement.

The drop-top E-Bugster concept is lower than the 2012 Beetle, with a chopped windshield, flared fenders and LEDs lighting up the front fenders.

No confirmation yet from VW on whether an electric Beetle convertible is in the works; a gas-powered Beetle convertible is expected to debut in November at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The E-Bugster, an electric Beetle concept, was shown in January at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

"But this time the electric concept's hardtop has been removed, giving the best hint yet of the look of the future Beetle Cabriolet, and also showing the potential for Volkswagen's future all-electric drivetrains," said Volkswagen in a statement.

Presumably, an electric version of the Beetle convertible would have a significant price increase over the base Beetle 2.5L, which starts at $20,565, including a $770 shipping charge.

The lithium-ion battery pack in the E-Bugster concept intrudes into the rear seats, gobbling up precious space. The concept has a 0-60 mph time of 10.9 seconds and has a range of "at least 110 miles," said VW. The automaker said a fast-charging function allows the batteries to be recharged in just 35 minutes. The electric drive system is rated at 114 horsepower, said VW.

Edmunds says: VW drops some hints, but offers few real details about the upcoming Beetle convertible.

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