You may think you’ve seen the Beetle but you haven’t seen the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. It’s different than the cars that have come before it.


First you have a choice of engines.

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible comes standard with a 2.5L 170-hp engine that gets great gas mileage…27 highway/21 city. Also available are two other engines–the 2.0 TDI 140-hp Diesel that gets even higher gas mileage…41 highway/28 city. This is the first diesel convertible available in the U.S. And if you want some muscle with your Beetle, get the 2.0L 200-hp Turbocharged gasoline engine. The gas mileage is 30 highway/22 city and it goes 0-60 in 6.3 seconds. That’s quicker than the Mercedes Turbo SLK250.

The power convertible top stows itself in just 9.5 seconds at the touch of a single button. Best of all, it’s strong enough to open or close at speeds of up to 31 mph. It also has a rear glass window defrost function for when the top is up.

The interior adds welcome rear seat space and the wider body adds shoulder room. The instrument panel is crisp and clean and you’ll notice that VW has brought back the color matched dashboard. If you get a red car, you can have a red dash. Same with yellow, blue, silver, black or whatever color you choose. The extra sporty multi-function steering wheel is available with integrated controls for the entertainment system. It also has a control for average trip speed and miles to an empty gas tank. The available touchscreen stereo has an in-dash 6 CD changer, AM/FM radio, eight speakers and a three month trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Safety is an important concern for the 2013 Volkswagen Convertible. Behind the head restraints are two hidden metal beams. They’re automatically deployed as soon as a rollover situation is detected. Airbags are part of the safety feature and after they have been deployed in a collision, the Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) automatically unlocks all doors, disables the fuel pump, and turns on the hazard lights.

One last thing, the Beetle Convertible will launch with three ‘decades’ special editions. The ‘50’s’ (black over tan leather with moon-look wheels), ‘60’s’ (denim blue over two-toned blue-accented black leather), and ‘70’s (toffee brown over tan leather with chrome-disc wheels).

Visit David Maus Volkswagen North on Lee Road to test drive a new 2013 Beetle Convertible today!

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