(from VW Press
Release) It’s a statement, an
automotive way of life. More than 800.000 drive one, the Volkswagen
with the perhaps most famous design in the world: the New Beetle.
For the North American International Auto Show in Detroit the German
company presents the hot potential of the design classic – with a
study on the New Beetle Ragster. Its most visible characteristic: a
drastically dropped roof with a large ragtop.
Ragtop + Speedster = Ragster The development team based the Ragster
on the reinforced convertible, shortening the A-pillars by about 90
millimeters and creating a set u-shaped roof fixing for the Ragtop’s
frame. It becomes instantly clear where the „Hot Rod“ with its
ragtop and speedster dimensions got its name.
New design: The Ragster shows new visual ways. And this does not
only hold true for the top. The fenders, bumpers, headlights, tail
lights and 19” aluminum rims are all newly designed as well and more
progressive and sporty than ever. Newly designed interior: Racing
car bucket seats, sports car type steering wheel with integrated
engine start button (right side) and ragtop control (left side),
center console and the extremely clean designed cargo area.
Power? Anything goes: The drive - A powerful gasoline engine or a
high torque TDI are imaginable. Although it has yet to be determined
which motor will be built and if the study will be produced in
series – Anything goes. Just as in Concept 1, the study on the New
Beetle, which also started in Detroit. - A great place for a world