Volkswagen Beetle combines timeless charm with modern chic
OVER the years, she has been called many names.
From her Hollywood stage name, The Love Bug Herbie to the more commonly known Beetle, this Volkswagen has maintained an air of timeless appeal for many generations.
Today the Volkswagen Beetle is an iconic mechanical masterpiece, an adorable automobile, but more than that, she's a force to be reckoned with when behind the wheel.
As a child, I had always dreamed of owning my own 'Herbie' - I even had plans of painting the number 53 on her hood and talking to her, like Jim Douglas did back in the 1968 movie.
I was fortunate enough to take a far more modern version of her for a spin - and I was not disappointed.
No other car in the world has a heritage quite like the Beetle.
Known around the globe for its simple, sturdy and elegant design, it's no surprise that over a span of decade the Beetle has captured drivers' imaginations - not to mention their hearts - no other car can match.
But don't be fooled by all the hype, the Volkswagen Beetle delivers everything you have come to expect from an automobile of the 21st century, and then some.
The original's classic lines have been updated for the modern century, its stance is lower, more poised and more confident.
The bonnet's curve recalls classic coupes, there's steeply raked font windscreen, long roofline and the rear spoiler complete the silhouette and portray an unmistakable presence.
Classic round headlights and chrome headlights help fill in the details, giving the Beetle a purposeful look that inspires confidence from the first glance, not to mention providing plenty of light to make driving safer when it's dark outside. It is very obvious that this 21st Century Beetle was designed by Porche!!
Under the hood is a highly responsive 1.4 litre TSI turbo supercharged engine, which busts into life at your immediate response.
Volkswagen's DSG (direct shift gearbox) transmissions are renowned the world over for their fast shifting and well-spaced gear ratios whilst helping to increase fuel economy.
On the inside, the Beetle combines timeless retro style with sophistication and practicality - and it works.
Beetle's interior recalls that of its illustrious ancestor, yet there are thoroughly modern touches that will surprise and delight even the most finicky owner.
The body-colour elements on the dash panel, door panels are eye catching (particularly if you are in tornado red or Saturn yellow), while the instrument cluster and storage box, modern steering wheel, touch screen system offer a harmonious blend of classic and modern.
Boasting practicality like no other, a high roofline gives you plenty of head space (even for the tallest of drivers), ergonomic seats to keep you comfortable throughout your journey and high tech goods like dual zone climate control air conditioning, chrome highlights, Bluetooth and RCD510 audio system which incorporates a 6-disc CD player, SD card slot, Stream lining functionality and delivers sound via eight high-performance speakers so you can really feel at home.
Beetle features a range of active and passive safety systems to cover you in times of need.
From electronic stabilisation program, ABS, brake assist, EDL and anti-slip regulation to airbags, safety optimised front head restraints, hill assist and extended electronic differential lock, Beetle will do its best to keep its driver and passengers safe and sound.
For more information or to test drive the Volkswagen Beetle, see Shane O'Kelly at Rockhampton Prestige or phone (07) 4922 1000.