Volkswagen has released images of the zero emissions E-Bugster Concept – minus its hardtop – ahead of next week’s Auto China Show in Beijing.
Power for the E-Bugster Concept comes via the same unit as seen in the Golf Blue-e-Motion. Fed by a lithium-ion battery, its motor develops a maximum power output of 85 kW (114 hp) and a continuous 50 kW (67 hp). Impressively, maximum torque from a stop is 270 Nm (199 lb/ft), while the E-Bugster’s range can cover at least 150 kilometres in the urban world, and be fully ‘refuelled’ in a mere 35 minutes at suitable charging station. Performance is respectable, with 100 km/h (62 mph) appearing in 10.9 seconds.
Visually, the Concept bares many similarities to the new Beetle apart it sitting 90 mm lower – thanks to its chopped screen – and 30 mm wider that its mass produced sibling, resulting in a sportier, more slippery appearance. At the front there’s a pair of C-shape LED daytime running lights, while at the rear the boot lid receives a subtle spoiler. The interior features many aluminium trim elements as well as a body-coloured central tunnel separating the two sports seats.