$28,915 & $37,990
hp per liter
Press Release) 2008 EOS: TRANSFORMATIONAL AND ASPIRATIONAL
Retractable hard-top with built-in sunroof just one of the benefits
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. –
Following up on the introduction of the world’s first fourseat,
hard-top convertible, with an integrated glass sunroof, the Eos sets
the standard for year-round fun.
With the push of a
button the revolutionary CSC™ (coupe-sunroof-convertible) transforms
the coupe’s five-panel hard-top, with integrated sunroof and
heated-glass rear window, into an open-air convertible.
The 2008 Eos comes with
a choice of engines: the Volkswagen 2.0T four-cylinder and the
innovative Volkswagen 3.2 L narrow-angle V6. Either way you get
plenty of power and the innovative hard-top coupe convertible for as
little as $28,915 for an Eos 2.0T and $37,990 for the Eos 3.2 L.
The 2008 Eos 2.0T offers
200 horsepower and 207 lbs.-ft. of torque from a turbocharged
2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. High-pressure, FSI helps with
performance and efficiency. The 2008 Eos 2.0T is EPA-rated at an
estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city and an impressive 32 mpg
in highway driving.
For people who need even
more performance, the 2008 Eos 3.2 L V6 cranks out 250 hp and 236
lbs.-ft. of torque. The narrow-angle six-cylinder engine accelerates
the Eos from 0-60 miles per hour in 6.9 seconds.
The Eos 3.2 L V6 model comes standard with the double-clutch DSG®
six-speed transmission with Tiptronic®. This transmission is
available as an option for those who wish to replace the standard
six-speed manual transmission with hydraulic clutch that comes
standard with the Eos 2.0T. Regardless of powertrain setup, the
power transfers to where rubber meets the road via front-wheel drive
in all 2008 Eos models.
A sliding glass roof,
with automatic pinch protection, is incorporated into the
retractable hard-top, which can be opened to let in as much light
and fresh air as desired. The sophisticated roof movement is
accomplished via a switch in the center console that activates eight
hydraulic cylinders with mechanical linkages. In just 25 seconds,
the hard-top convertible is completely and automatically lowered. To
raise the roof, another click of the roof switch quickly raises the
solid panels to create the
protected, quiet interior environment found in traditional coupes.
The front roof panels, including the glass sunroof, slide under the
forward roof panels as the entire roof area rises from the C-pillar
to what would be a B-pillar and is stored beneath a rear deck. The
panoramic, tinted glass power sunroof is integrated into the folding
roof of the Volkswagen Eos – “sandwiched” between roof panels as the
hard-top is lowered.
An available Trunk Lid
Assistance program with integrated bumper sensors monitors up to 20
inches behind the vehicle and prevents the roof from operating if
any object or obstruction is detected. Preserving the luggage area
is a cargo cover that must be in place and latched for the
roof-lowering to be completed.
Also, just to be safe,
the vehicle ignition must be “on” and vehicle speed must remain
below 0.6 mph during roof operation. A status indicator provides
warnings if the roof is not secured – either up or down.
To make top-down driving
even more enjoyable, a pop-up mesh-fence wind deflector is standard
for the front windshield frame of the 2008 Eos. A removable
windblocker also can be set up behind the front seats to reduce wind
buffeting and increase top-down comfort.
design feature is the shorter windshield frame that is less
intrusive to interior space than with a typical, traditional
convertible windshield frame. The shorter window frame also
eliminates the “duck” of getting into and out of conventional
convertibles with tall window frames.
The Eos comes standard with a Rollover Protection System. Spring
tension instantly elevates the roll bar-like elements of the
Rollover Protection System. In the event of a severe frontal impact,
a side or rear collision, or in the case of vehicle rollover or
extreme lateral tilt, specially designed individual “roll-bars” pop
up from behind the rear seats.
While the Eos is a
two-door coupe, it gives the driver and passengers the feeling and
comfort of being in a much larger convertible. At 173.5 inches long
overall with a wheelbase of 101.5 in., width of 70.5 in. and height
of 56.8 in, the dimensions of the Eos enhance vehicle dynamics. A
large track width not only looks good, it helps create extraordinary
agility and safe handling characteristics exhibited by the Eos.
For nighttime driving,
the 2008 Eos 3.2 L models have an Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
that swivels low-beam headlights to improve visibility though turns.
The headlight rotation, to a maximum of 15 degrees, is activated by
the steering wheel or by operation of the turn signals. In addition,
the available “Coming Home” feature helps light the way into
enclosed spaces during nighttime arrivals.
Standard power folding exterior rearview mirrors are heated and
incorporate LED side blinkers and brake lights. The driver side
mirror is self-dimming to help prevent temporary “blinding” from
The 2008 Eos 2.0T offers
a respectable 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the roof closed,
and 6.6 cu.ft. with the roof retracted. A lockable, rear seat
pass-through allows for transporting some long or bulky items, such
Inside, the Eos offers
an inviting interior—the dash includes Volkswagen’s typically
dominant center console, and the side areas are spread out like
wings to the left and right. The center-stack holds exclusively
designed air vent apertures bordered in chrome. Interior trim is
available with genuine walnut wood, full brushed aluminum and
metallic-look synthetic interior trim.
The Eos interior can be
configured in three colors, with darker colors dominating the upper
areas to minimize windshield reflections. All plastics used in the
lower area of the dash are coated with soft-effect paint.
A twelve-way power
adjustable driver’s seat is standard as is a twelve-way manual
adjusting front passenger seat. A leather-wrapped steering wheel,
shift knob and brake handle, as well as heated washer nozzles, are
available on all models. Shift paddles on the steering wheel also
are available with the DSG transmission.
The Volkswagen 2008 Eos
include Climatic single-zone air conditioning as standard in the
base Eos, with dual-zone Climatronic™ standard in the Eos 2.0T and
3.2 L models. Easy-entry rear seats that “remember” the driver’s and
front passenger’s longitudinal seating positions, and return to
these once the rear passengers have entered or exited the vehicle,
are standard on the Eos 3.2 L and optional on the 2.0T models.
The Eos can be ordered
with an impressive 600-watt sound system, which includes a
10-channel digital amplifier and 10 specifically positioned and
coordinated loudspeakers. An iPod adaptor also is available.
Standard audio in the
Eos includes an AM/FM radio with single-disc in-dash CD player and
eight speakers. A premium six-disc in-dash CD changer and
eight-speaker system are available as an option, as is a
DVD-navigation system with visual and audible commands for increased
driver safety and reassurance.
For increased safety,
Volkswagen has fitted the 2008 Eos with special side supplemental
restraint airbags. A driver and front passenger frontal airbag
supplemental restraint system includes a Passenger Occupant
Detection System (PODS) and headthorax airbags designed to work in
parallel with driver and front passenger frontal airbags. In the
event of a crash, the combination airbags unfold horizontally and
vertically to cover the entire length of the side windows.
safety-enhancing features that are standard equipment on the 2008
Eos include: four-wheel ABS (anti-lock braking system) and an
Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) with brake assist and
brake-disc wiper system, Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) and an
electromechanical power steering setup.
For ride comfort and
control, Volkswagen designed the all-new 2008 Eos with a front
McPherson strut with triangular wishbones and self-leveling shock
absorbers. In the rear is a fully independent, four-link suspension.
Stabilizer bars front and rear add to roll control and reduce
Power-assisted front vented disc brakes and rear solid disc brakes
are standard. A
brake wear indicator, which gives owners a tip when it is time for
new pads, also is
Of course, all the standards and features you’d expect in a
Volkswagen are there, including tilt steering wheel, seat lumbar
support and childseat LATCH system in the two rear seats. And, like
all new Volkswagen models, the Eos comes with 24-hour Roadside
Assistance for four years with unlimited mileage, and new vehicle
mile (whichever occurs first)
Powertrain Limited Warranty.
• Four-year/50,000 mile (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle
Limited Warranty with wear and tear items and adjustments
excluded after the initial 12 months/12,000 miles.
• 12-year unlimited distance Limited Warranty against
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