- Vehicle Overview
- Technical Specifications
The Beetle featured a rear-located, rear-wheel drive, air-cooled four-cylinder, boxer engine in a two-door bodywork featuring a flat front windscreen, accommodating four passengers and providing luggage storage under the front bonnet and behind the rear seat. This alignment created a streamlined design which provided a coefficient of drag of about 0.41 which added to the efficiency of the powertrain. The bodywork attached with eighteen bolts to its nearly flat chassis which featured a central structural tunnel. Front and rear suspension featured torsion bars along with front stabilizer bar – providing independent suspension at all wheels. Certain initial features were subsequently revised, including mechanical drum brakes, split rear windows, mechanical direction-indicators and the non-synchronized gearbox.
The engine with its 1300cc capacity churned out 51 PS of power which was just enough to reach speeds upto 100km/h. Its engine, transmission, and cylinder heads were constructed of light alloy. Engine intake air passed through a metallic filter, while heavier particles were captured by an oil bath. The steering featured a hydraulic damper that absorbed steering irregularities. The iconic beetle still holds its unique lines and curves even today which makes it a one of a kind vehicle.