When Volkswagen released the latest-generation Beetle, the industry stood up and noticed that it finally closely resembled the Beetle of yesteryear. It’s not that the New Beetle that debuted back in 1998 wasn’t inspired by the original, it’s just that the proportions were off a bit. Now, VW is set to send us on another trip down memory lane with the new 2015 Beetle Classic.
The Classic model tugs at the heartstrings of nostalgia buffs with its 17-inch “Heritage” alloy wheels that look as if they were ripped straight from the 1960s. The trio of simple colors — white, Black Uni and Reflex Silver — also hark back to the simpler days of the VW Beetle. A spoiler makes its way onto the rear of the Beetle Classic, giving it a sportier look.
There is a lot more to the Beetle Classic than retro rims and colors. On the inside, the Classic model receives a leather-wrapped shift knob and handbrake lever, SiriusXM radio, an RNS 315 Navigation system, a multifunction steering wheel, two-tone comfort seats with “Sioux” leatherette on the outside and retro-themed checkered-cloth centers, and lumbar support for the driver.
Under the hood of the Beetle Classic is a not-so-retro, 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The power travels through a six-speed auto transmission on its way to the front wheels. This drivetrain nets the Beetle Classic 33 mpg on the highway in its coupe form and 32 mpg in its convertible guise.
The 2015 Beetle Classic Coupe is available starting this week and will set you back $20,195. The drop-top model will not arrive until early 2015, but it has all the same retro features as the coupe and it will start out at $25,995.