2014 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T Officially Priced, Starts $21,115
Volkswagen has replaced the its 2.5-liter engine with a four-cylinder 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, and the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T has now been officially priced. The entry-level VW Beetle coupe will start at $21,115 when paired with the standard five-speed manual transmission. A 2014 VW Beetle equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission ups the price to $22,215, and the 2014 Beetle Convertible--available exclusively with the six-speed automatic transmission--will start at $25,990. All prices include the delivery charge. For new Beetle owners, the new 1.8T engine, dubbed "EA888" will bring a few changes. The biggest difference? Fuel Economy. While the 1.8T engine still boasts the same horsepower as the outgoing 2.5-liter engine at 170 hp, but VW was able to lighten and refine this engine to boost efficiency. Combined EPA estimated fuel economy improves from 25 mpg to 28 mpg overall on models equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission, for example. Manual transmission models see a 2 mpg boost across the board, with a new rating of 24/27/33 city/combined/highway. The Silao, Mexico produced engine is also featured in the 2014 Volkswagen Passat and Volkswagen Jetta. We got to sample the new engine in those models, and came away pleased at the power delivery and drive feel. The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T is currently arriving in dealerships. Source: Volkswagen
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