The Volkswagen Beetle holds a special place in the auto industry as one of the most recognizable cars in the world. The Beetle has evolved over the years and it’s even adopted a new design language that’s fit to the times. All of that is good but you’d be surprised that a lot of people still yearn for the Beetle of yesteryear. Well, Volkswagen heard your calls loud and clear because it’s unveiling a limited-edition Beetle Classic model that not only comes with plenty of retro touches, but also has a retro price tag! No, you can’t buy one for $500, which I assume the Beetle cost at one point in time, but you can get a Beetle Classic model for a price lower than the standard 1.8T automatic model.

The Beetle Classic will come in both coupe and convertible models. The Beetle Coupe Classic will go on sale in September 2014 with a price of just $20,195. The Beetle Convertible Classic isn’t expected to go on sale until the early part of 2015, but VW did say that it’s going to start at a price of $25,995.

Both models will also carry a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a speck under nine seconds to go with a top speed of about 115 mph.

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  • 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    170
  • Torque @ RPM:
    177
  • Displacement:
    1.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    115 mph
  • Price:
    20195
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Volkswagen Beetle Classic in detail

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic Interior
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The appropriately named Beetle Classic model comes in three color finishes — Pure White, Black, Uni, and Reflex Silver — and features a host retro touches that’ll make you reminisce about the good ol’ days when the Beetle dominated the economy-car class. To be clear: the overall look is still based on the current Beetle, but it is pretty cool to see a rear spoiler and those old 17-inch “Heritage” aluminum-alloy wheels make a nostalgic comeback, albeit on a limited-edition basis. The only things that could make this more retro is one missing hubcap and maybe some dents on the back, but that requires a little owner modification.

Inside, the Beetle Classic models receive an extensive list of standard equipment, including a multifunction steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shifter knob and handbrake lever, an RNS 315 navigation system, and a SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

The cabin also has an old-school, two-tone brown “Sioux” leatherette trim and checkered cloth seating surfaces to imbibe that retro vibe that differentiates the Classic model from the rest of the Beetle family.

Volkswagen Beetle

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Volkswagen unveiled the second-gen Beetle, the followup to the New Beetle, in 2012 and while it did come with modern technology, it’s design remained largely retro-inspired. That’s the beautiful thing about the Beetle. It’s one of the rare cars that transcend generations, even if a lot of people who drive the vehicle today weren’t even alive when the Beetle first made waves in the the 1940s, `50s and `60s.

But the current Beetle takes the tradition to a new level with a bolder, more dynamic and masculine design that appeals to more than just one demographic. It still carries the proud bug-like tradition of the classic Beetle, but the modern twist is a fresh, new look that’s more appropriate to the times.

The Beetle also comes with three engine options, beginning with a 2.0-liter, TDI, four-cylinder engine that pumps out 138 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque to go with an impressive fuel economy rating of 33 mpg combined. From there, the Beetle also has a 2.0-liter, TSI engine that produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine with 170 ponies and 177 pound-feet of torque.

Press Release

Today, Volkswagen of America, Inc., announced that the limited-edition Beetle Classic model will go on sale this week, starting at $20,195 for the 1.8T Coupe. This new model enhances the value story for the Beetle, adding a host of new features in addition to the Beetle’s already extensive list of standard equipment. Currently, this is the lowest priced model in the Beetle lineup, starting nearly $1500 lower than the Beetle 1.8T automatic.

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Classic High Resolution Exterior
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Volkswagen Beetle

The Classic trim features 17-inch “Heritage” aluminum-alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped shifter knob and handbrake lever, Sirius XM® Satellite Radio, an RNS® 315 navigation system, a multifunction steering wheel, two-tone brown “Sioux” leatherette and checked cloth seating surfaces, comfort front seats with driver’s side lumbar support, and a six-speed automatic transmission. The car is available in three colors—Pure White, Black Uni, and Reflex Silver—and has an understated retro look inside and out.

The Beetle Convertible Classic will go on sale early in 2015, starting at $25,995. It adds the same interior and exterior features as the Coupe. Both the Coupe and the Convertible are fitted with the 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The Beetle 1.8T Coupe has an EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating of 33 mpg with the six-speed automatic transmission, and the 1.8T Convertible achieves 32 mpg.

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