Truly, there is no other vehicle as iconic and as easily recognizable as the Volkswagen Beetle. Not only did it became a huge hit worldwide, but before Japanese cars became a commonplace in the Philippines, the bug is the one that truly dominated our roads. Well, it’s here, and it’s ready to make our Philippine roads a bit more nostalgic and fun. Let us welcome, the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle.
2 trim levels are offered, the Basic 1.2 TSI which is powered by a 1.2 liter producing 103 hp at 4500 rpm and 175 Nm of torque at 1400 rpm. The 1.2 TSI is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The other variant is the Design 1.4 TSI, which is powered by a 1.4 liter twincharged direct-injected petrol engine, producing 158 hp at 5800 rpm and 240 Nm of torque from 1500 rpm to 4500 rpm. Twincharged engines are a rare breed of engines. It is called twincharging because of its combination of an exhaust driven turbocharger, and an engine driven supercharger, wherein the goal is to mitigate each other’s weaknesses. The 1.4 TSI is mated to Volkswagen’s super slick 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
Two Beetles were displayed in MIAS, both are the Design 1.4 TSI. The standout was the yellow bug that was adorned in racing stripes. It heavily pleased a crowd, bringing memories of the famed bug to the Filipino car enthusiast. If you are interested in one of these bugs, be ready to shell out P1,590,000 for the 1.2 TSI variant, and P1,790,000 for the 1.4 TSI variant.