With the introduction of its new 2012 Beetle
, Volkswagen is hoping to drop the cutesy hatch’s “chick car” descriptor and lure more male buyers.
In fact, Volkswagen has set itself a target to increase the percentage of male Beetle buyers from a low 36 percent for the previous generation New Beetle to 59 percent for the new 2012 model.
Accordingly, this third generation of the People’s Car has been given a serious dose of testosterone and has actually spawned a high-performance turbo model.
With a turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI engine sending 197 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque through to the front wheels via Volkswagen’s XDS electronic differential and either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo could best be described as a Golf GTI in cuter wrapping.
However, the suspension and steering has been tuned more for comfort in the Beetle rather than outright performance and this shows in the driving performance.