Jan 22 2014, 1:27pm CST | by Shane McGlaun
VW has announced the official pricing for the convertible and coupe Beetle 1.8T cars. The 1.8T engine replaces the outgoing 2.5L Beetle offering fuel efficiency improvements. The base price for the 1.8T Beetle is now $20,295.
The base price for the Beetle Convertible 1.8T is $25,170. The coupe now gets an additional 4mpg compared to the outgoing model with the automatic transmission. The convertible has gained 5mpg in fuel efficiency.
The 1.9T engine produces 170hp, matching the power rating of the outgoing 2.5L engine while producing much better fuel efficiency. The 1.8T engine delivers more torque than the outgoing engine with a rating of 184 lb-ft.
VW wrote, "The new engine also returns better EPA estimated fuel economy figures than the 2.5-liter unit. The Beetle equipped with the 1.8T and a six-speed automatic transmission now gets 33 mpg on the highway, up from 29 mpg for the 2.5-liter engine. At the same time, the city mileage improves from 22 to 25 mpg, and the overall EPA estimated combined fuel economy is now 28 mpg compared with 25 for the outgoing five cylinder."
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.
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