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    Yeah Yeah Yeah! Beetles Invade America, This Time with New (and Fab!) Turbo Fours

    2014 Volkswagen Beetle

    Fifty years ago next month, the Beatles invaded America. In honor of that event (OK—not really, but still; it would be cool if it were true) Volkswagen is launching its Beetle in the U.S. with an updated powertrain. This time, it will be with VW’s new, EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that already sees duty in the Jetta and Passat sedans.

    For the privilege of owning a 2014.5 model-year Beetle (yes, that half-life is official from the top of the VW totem pole), you’ll need to part with $21,115—consistent with the base price of the outgoing, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder Beetle with a five-speed stick. Pricing for the Beetle ragtop, which can only be had with a six-speed automatic transmission, is also unchanged at $25,990. (The six-speed automatic is an $1100 option across the board for the 1.8T Beetle coupe.) With a sunroof, nav, a Fender sound system, and all the fixin’s, a fully loaded Beetle hardtop with the automatic transmission will set you back $26,815.



    Horsepower for the 1.8T remains the same as the 2.5’s—at 170—while torque increases slightly from 177 lb-ft to 184. There is a modest bump in fuel efficiency, with improvements of 2 mpg in both city and highway ratings for the manual, from 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway to 24/33. The automatic sees an increase of 3 mpg city and 4 mpg highway, from 22/29 to 25/33.

    2014 Volkswagen Beetle

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