Sunday, November 11, 2012

2013 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 TSI Launched In Malaysia For RM220K, RM10K Above Golf GTI

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0 TSI has been launched in Malaysia, joining the Beetle 1.2 TSI which was officially introduced at the Volkswagen Das Auto Show 2012 back in September. Despite Volkswagen Malaysia describing the Beetle as "truly the people's car", the Beetle 2.0 TSI is not priced to reflect that statement nor to attract the average Malaysian.
At RM 219,888, the Beetle 2.0 TSI is RM 80K costlier than the Beetle 1.2 TSI. There is no mistaking the 2.0 TSI for its lesser sibling thanks to the ‘Sport Line’ package, which includes ‘Twister’ 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, black mirror housings, red-painted brake callipers, twin tailpipes, and a rear spoiler. Exterior colours count Tornado Red, Saturn Yellow, Reflex Silver, Deep Black, Reef Blue and Oryx White.
Volkswagen Beetle More differentiation lies in the distinctively Beetle interior, which comes with a panoramic sunroof, aluminium pedals, black dash panels and interior ambient lighting. The on-road dynamics of the Beetle 2.0 TSI is likely to be different, too, down to a more sophisticated four-link rear suspension, all-round sports suspension, and the XDS Extended Electronic Differential Locks installed as standard.
The substantial price tag also means the Beetle 2.0 TSI is RM 10K more expensive than the other Volkswagen icon, the Golf GTI, with which it shares the same turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-litre engine. The version in the Beetle has 200 HP and 280 Nm, 10 horses less than the output in the Golf GTI. With the familiar six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) mated to the engine, the Beetle 2.0 TSI hits 100 km/h from rest in a quick 7.5 seconds, before topping out at 223 km/h. Performance comes at no apparent penalty to efficiency it seems, if the 13.0 km/litre fuel economy and 179 grams/km carbon emission level are any gauge. 

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