That time was all the way up until about yesterday.
The new one, the 2012 Beetle, has managed to broaden its appeal past the miniskirt-wearing crowd and become a car that a man, a real car-loving performance-obsessed man, can drive without hunkering down and hoping no one sees him.
The best improvement about the Beetle’s new style is that it no longer looks like a cutesy animated bubble. It looks more like a Porsche. Well, at the very least, a person might be able to tell that the company that builds the Beetle is the same company that builds the 911 (which reader Jim seems to think I believe is just a pumped-up Beetle.)
The roof of the Beetle is lower, flatter and longer. The sheetmetal is tighter. The car is a whopping 7.3 inches longer than the previous Beetle and 3.3 inches wider. The Turbo version, which really is the only one a guy should consider (at least until the TDI comes out), can be had with a 6-speed manual tranny and pumps out 200 horses while riding on 18-inch rubber.
While a top-of-the-line Turbo edition with all the options checked will eclipse the $28K mark, it’s still a relatively good buy considering the German-brand panache and luxury-like interior treatment, consisting of plenty of dead cow and a Fender audio system.
Plus it delivers a 0-60 time of about 6 seconds (please note, this is the first time I have ever quoted an acceleration time for a Bug and been mildly impressed), and first-drive reviews are mostly positive.
Women: You’re still more than welcome to buy a Beetle. In fact, VW hopes gobs of you do. But now, men, you don’t have to feel ashamed if you stroll into your nearest dealer and utter the words, “I’d like to test-drive a Beetle.”
Is the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle more attractive to you than previous version? (If you don’t like it, you can always hit up DealFinder for a nice chick Beetle.)