Not for me. I imagine this car to be for lady owners. Also, neither this nor the previous design are Beetles, they are only Beetle-like in their curves. They should call this "Vehicle Reminiscent of the Beetle for Ladies" or VRBL for short.
Here's my take on the new 2012 VW Beetle (which is no longer called the New Beetle). Still not for me; is it for you?
Like the look a lot more and most likely the 5 cylinder would be the better choice, but not for $20,000. Of course I will always be a truck guy.
Liked your comment about the 2.5 inline 5 engine, as that is what is in my Jetta SportWagon. I do like the way that it performs, and in the Beetle, would probably be even a little better as it is a bit lighter and shorter.
Actually, for me the 2012 model is a lot less feminine than the "new beetle" design. It is reminiscent of a newer Porsche 911 design wise. I like that the Beetle finally gets the same double din slot for the OEM head units that previously fit every other VW model except the Beetle, like the RNS-510 I have in my Passat. I'd like to see a high performance version of this, was kinda disappointed at the limited edition preorder. Would have been nice to see something with more HP but this is a step in the right direction IMO. A lot of people say this doesn't look beetle-like, but how many cars look like their distant predecessors?
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