Volkswagen of North America announced earlier yesterday (Sept 23,2015) that they’ve released the 2015 Beetle Classic, the cheapest and probably the most retro VW Beetle to hit these shores. In an effort to bolster sales and draw in some buyers, VW essentially lowered the price of the 2015 VW Beetle to bring in those buyers on the fence and added retro touches galore to the already attractive little car.
For $20,195 ( a mere $100 less than the regular base model but without the automatic transmission), you get some nice features not found on the regularly priced base model (think value package.) Stating off with the standard 1.8 Turbo inline four cylinder pumping out an adequate 170HP and 177 lbs-ft of torque, VW adds its six speed automatic as standard. It includes new vintage-look 17-inch wheels with simulated dog dish polished hubcaps over black spokes. It also comes with a rear spoiler, and VW is offering the model in Pure White, Black Uni, and Reflex Silver.
Seats are finished in a two-tone design combining light brown leatherette on the sides and checked cloth centers, plus lumbar support for the driver’s side. The shift knob and handbrake also get wrapped in leather. And if it’s a convertible you want, not to worry as VW is releasing a VW Classic Convertible Beetle early next year for $25,995.
The 2015 VW Beetle classic is indeed an instant classic in my book. Not only are you getting a limited edition model of sorts, you’re getting into a fun little vehicle and iconic design that you won’t regret. First there’s the sweet little 1.8T engine. Volkswagen’s ubiquitous 1.8 T engine, wholly developed by Audi, also known as the 1.8 20vT, has seen many improvements over the years and is used in many Volkswagen vehicles.
Next there’s the design. It’s a shape that will have you smiling every-time you approach it and drive down the road. Offered in basic colors, it’s not an eyesore like some colors make out the VW Beetle to be.
Finally, there’s the value. With so many options standards and the fact that sales honestly aren’t all that hot for VW at the moment, you can probably bargain yourself up a low monthly payment or a smashing deal.
My opinion is to not hesitate on such an awesome little retro car. If it’s practicality you want, cross shop the Golf but if its an iconic design with all the modern reliability of a VW, look no further than the 2015 VW Classic.
If you’re in the Fresno (Calif.) area, check out Micheal VW for the latest inventory and/or give them a call at (866) 308-3701.
Source: VW Media