2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDi

Started on March 6, 2013, 1:26 p.m.

You may already know that we’ve added a controversial Chevy Volt to our long-term fleet to explore what alternative drivetrains mean to the future of enthusiast cars. Well, Volkswagen challenged our assumptions and let us know that they were already building the ultimate combination of fun and frugality: The diesel-powered TDi drivetrain.

Project proudly supported by
VW of America
TSW Wheels
Revo/Stasis Group
BFGoodrich Tires

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDi Specs

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Body type:Coupe
Country of origin:Germany
Original price: $23495
Displacement:2000cc
Stock horsepower:140 bhp @ 4000 rpm
Torque:236 lb.-ft @ 1750 rpm
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:6-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Front-wheel drive
Suspension:strut (front)
twist beam (rear)
Brakes:disc/disc
Body width:None in.
Curb weight:3073 lbs.
Wheelbase:99.9 in.
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BFGoodrich

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDi Specs

Body type:Coupe
Country of origin:Germany
Original price: $23495
Displacement:2000cc
Stock horsepower:140 bhp @ 4000 rpm
Torque:236 lb.-ft @ 1750 rpm
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:6-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Front-wheel drive
Suspension:strut (front)
twist beam (rear)
Brakes:disc/disc
Body width:None in.
Curb weight:3073 lbs.
Wheelbase:99.9 in.

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