VW designers say positive reaction to the E-Bugster will help make the case for production

A positive reaction to VW's speedster-look E-Bugster will help make the case for putting it into production as the third variant of the new Beetle, Autocar has learned.

Officially, VW is remaining tight-lipped about the chance of putting the handsome design into production. But the car's designers believe it has a strong chance of making production.

"This is a serious proposal for a speedster Beetle and I am sure it will come for production", says designer Mark Lichter, "we just need to find the business case".

The E-Bugster's squat proportions come from a windscreen chopped-down by 65mm and the high point of the roof being pushed back to give a wedge-like profile to the roofline.

Inspiration for the design came from Lichter's own 964 Porsche 911 Speedster. 'A Beetle Speedster is the perfect car for the US,' says Lichter.

Also a nod to the world of the west coast tuner are the E-Bugster's multi-spoke alloy wheels, which ape Porsche's iconic 1960s design. They are made of conventional cast alloy and likely to feature on the new Beetle Convertible due for launch late this year. The originals were of unusual pressed alloy construction.

Julian Rendell

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18 January 2012

Can't say that this member of the public has much of a reaction one way or the other.

18 January 2012

I like it, as I said the other day when this first came up. I don't know why I like it, or why the new beetle in general is looking better to me, perhaps it is the screaming queen inside me (every gay man has one ;) ) lol

18 January 2012

If you like it I'd keep quiet, as we all loved the Blue Motion Sports project and they canned it...

PaulJ

18 January 2012

Like father, like son, like father...becoming like a Porsche more and more.

18 January 2012

Too be honest I would never buy a VW Beetle if its the best car in the world I will refuse. Mainly for its origins and they are not attractive at all and i would rather buy a Scirocco than a Beetle.

19 January 2012

Best looking Beetle so far.

It's not made clear if they are intending to produce this as a hard top or a genuine speedster? Could easily work as both and as a hard top you could almost call it a Beetle Coupe.

If it does get made as a Speedster, I wonder if they intending it to ape the design of the Porsche and only use a temporary hood structure?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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