VW’s new phase for Beetlemania

Volkswagen has announced two new engines for the Beetle range, one of which brings special equipment and chassis technology with it.

A 2.0-litre 138bhp TDI, available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed DSG automatic, gives the Bug potential for mid-50s miles per gallon, while achieving the 0-62mph dash in a conservative claim of 9.5 seconds. The second engine is a 197bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI petrol.

While the new TDI will be offered in Design and Sport specification, the TSI version will only be built for the UK in Sport and then two special editions, called Turbo Black and Turbo Silver.

Chassis changes for the most rapid Beetle in the range, the 2.0-litre TSI, which hits 62mph in 7.5 seconds, include four-link rear suspension, twin chromed exhaust pipes, red brake callipers and a mock rear diffuser.

Prices for the new Volkswagen Beetle range from £16,600 for the most basic model to £24,505 for the Turbo Black version or Turbo Silver 2.0 TSI 200 DSG.