2012 Volkswagen Beetle: A Chick Car No More

2012 Volkswagen Beetle, rear

Once upon a time, the Volkswagen Beetle was the ultimate chick car.

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.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

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.)


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  1. Still a chickmobile, and no, it doesn’t look anything like a Porsche. Not even one from the 1950’s.

    If VW want’s to eliminate the chick-mobile schtick, all they need to do is make it a manual-transmission ONLY vehicle. That will eliminate about 90% of the female customers.

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