The Auto China event in Beijing will see Volkswagen showing off an electric-powered, two-seat speedster version of its Beetle.
Known as the E-Bugster concept, drive comes from a 113 bhp (85 kW / 115 PS) motor that delivers a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 10.8 seconds. Not particularly rapid then, but the 28.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is claimed to offer a useful urban range of at least 111 miles (180 kilometres).
Recharging can be achieved via either a normal domestic AC supply or a DC quick charge station, a process which takes thirty-five minutes. Top-ups are also provided on the move by the car’s onboard brake energy recovery system.
Although the same length as the Beetle upon which it’s based, the E-Bugster enjoys a sportier stance thanks to a lower screen height and wider arches that house 20” ‘Twister’ alloy wheels. Other bodywork changes include a redesigned front bumper and the fitment of LED headlights.
There’s no word yet on whether the Bugster will make it into production, either with electric power or a conventional engine. However, it’d be surprising if Volkswagen isn’t seriously considering some Beetle spin-off models.
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