Beijing 2012: VW E-Bugster
* VW E-Bugster concept car * Previews new Beetle cabriolet * Production model unlikely...
Although Volkswagen unveiled the E-Bugster at the 2012 Detroit motor show, the car on display at Beijing has its hard-top roof removed, so provides a better view of a Beetle with its top down.
VW calls the E-Bugster a sports car; it has a sleeker look than the Beetle hatchback, with a more swept-back windscreen and a lower, wider body. The more aggressive bumpers and wider wheelarches hint at how a high-performance R version of the Beetle could look, although the Beetle Cabriolet is likely to have a higher roofline, similar to the hatchbacks.
The E-Bugster concept car is fully electric, with a 114bhp motor powered via lithium-ion batteries; theyre mounted behind the front seats, making the car a strict two-seater.
VW quotes a a 0-62mph time of 10.9sec and a range of at least 112 miles. Quick charging takes around 35 minutes. ?