When the first Beetle rolled off the production line, it was simply called the Volkswagen—"the people's car"—but its distinctive shape inspired nicknames across the globe: Beetle, Käfer, Vocho, Coccinelle, Fusca, or Maggiolino! In total, 21.5 million cars were sold, making it the most popular car manufactured off a single platform of all time.
More than 60 years later, in 1998, the "New Beetle" rekindled the spirit and imagination of the original for a new generation of Volkswagen owners. This second-generation version sparked another round of "Beetle Mania".
Now, the third-generation of the internationally beloved Beetle is ready for prime time, going on sale in the United States this fall. There will be two models at launch: the Beetle and the sporty turbo. In 2012, a TDI® Clean Diesel will go on sale, which is likely to be the most fuel-efficient Beetle ever made.
2012 VW Beetle Review
dohc I51 turbocharged dohc I42 turbodiesel dohc I43
Size, liters/cu. in. 2.5/151 2.0/122 2.0/122
horsepower @ rpm.
170 @ 5700 200 @ 5100 140 @ 4000
Torque (lb-ft) @ rpm. 177 @ 4250 207 @ 1700 236 @ 1750
Availability Standard Standard Standard
EPA City / highway mpg
5-speed manual 20/28 --/-- --/--
6-speed manual --/-- 20/28 NA/NA
6-speed automatic 20/29 --/-- --/--
6-speed automated manual --/-- 22/30 NA/NA
1. Base, 2.5L. 2. 2.0T turbo. 3. TDI.
Engine Key: l/cu in. = liters/cubic inches; ohv = overhead valve; ohc =
overhead camshaft; dohc = dual overhead camshaft; I = inline cylinders; H =
horizonally opposed cylinders; V = cylinders in a V configuration; W =
cylinders in a W configuration; rpm = revolutions per minute; CVT =
continuously variable (automatic) transmission; NA = not available; "--" =
measurement does not exist.
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City N/A MPG
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy N/A MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx 14.5 gal
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive
Front Headroom 39.4 in
Front Hiproom N/A in
Front Legroom 41.3 in
Front Shoulderroom 55.3 in
Passenger Capacity 4
Second Headroom 37.1 in
Second Hiproom N/A in
Second Legroom 31.4 in
Second Shoulderroom 49.0 in
Curb Weight N/A lbs
Height, Overall 58.5 in
Length, Overall 168.4 in
Min Ground Clearance 5.7 in
Tread Width, Front N/A in
Tread Width, Rear N/A in
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb 35.4 ft
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall N/A ft
Wheelbase 99.9 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors 71.2 in
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Front Tire Size 215/55R17
Rear Tire Size 215/55R17
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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black and Red Interior
The 21st Century Beetle's styling, ergonomics and quality interact to
create a new, friendly car with a highly individual nature. The shape and
use of color for the painted or carbon-look dashboards harkens back to the
design of the first Beetle.
Three round gauges are arranged in front of the driver (tachometer,
speedometer, fuel gauge), providing all key information at a glance. A
multifunction display is integrated in the speedometer, which is housed in
the central position in the binnacle. The steering wheel is specially
designed with optional painted accents in the spokes depending on the
Framed by two air vents, the selected audio/navigation system is optimally
located in the driver's field of vision on the dashboard. Within easy
reach, the climate controls are situated just below.