Volkswagen has revealed the first images and details of the new E-Bugster concept car that is being showcased at Auto China in Beijing. It’s an updated, roofless version of the model that was shown earlier this year in Detroit
The name is derived from the American nickname for the Beetle, ‘Bug’ and the ‘speedster’ body style and is considered to be a pre-production preview of the new Beetle Convertible.
Power is generated from an electric motor that produces 85kW and 114hp, enabling the speedster to accelerate from 0-100k/h (0-62mph) in 10.8 seconds.
The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 28.3 kWh and can be recharged by standard or ultra-fast DC charging. It also makes use of a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) similar to the Gran Tourismo system in the Porsche 911 GT to recharge as well.
The E-Bugster is 90mm lower and 30mm longer than the production Beetle coupe, giving it a more sporty look. The design maintains the Beetle DNA and comes with LED headlights. Additionally, the C-shape you see either side of the central air intake features a line of LED daytime running lights as well.
Following the E-Bugster concept’s unveiling, expect to see the Beetle Convertible shown in production form later this year in either Paris or Los Angeles before sales begin early in 2013.