2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Drive Review

2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Drive Review - Volkswagen wants we all to keep in mind the excellent ol' days. You recognize, whenever prior to September 2015, when the EPA dropped its NOx-hammer on the company's dirty-breathing diesels. If you can't bring yourself to forgive and forget so readily, VW is happy to direct you further down memory lane to the 1960s, when the pollution was hazier as well as the love moved openly. After the Microbus-inspired BUDD-e concept-- an all-electric mea culpa-- VW shows up eager to touch the fond memories ATM again with this brand-new 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Drive.

The Beetle Dune, a midrange trim level in special-edition semblance, is meant to evoke Baja Bugs. Those modified Type 1 Beetles, produced in the image of the Meyers Manx, could be anything from an entertainment dune buggy to a bona fide desert racer. While there had not been a single blueprint, a Baja Pest was immediately recognizable by the trimmed-back bodywork and inflamed tires.

2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Drive Review

Obviously, there's a factor the throwback is called 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Drive and not Beetle Baja. Really, two factors: Compared to standard Beetles, the Dune's back track width grows by 0.2 inch (the result of wheels with a smaller offset) and also its suspension raises the floor 0.4 inch greater. That's the level of the Dune's mechanical adjustments. Coastlines will certainly not be attacked, dune will certainly not be crested, and also deserts will not be skimmed.

We deviated from VW's prescribed pavement-only course in our Dune, driving down a gravelly access road as well as making it 50 lawns prior to a water drainage gully intimidated to tear off the front fascia. While the Dune's front and also back clips give the false impression that the auto is furnished with skid plates, we stood up to the temptation to call Volkswagen's bluff.

The Dune is an auto having fun dress-up and also angling for a starring function in Mad Max: Sesame Road. It will sell on its black wheel-arch extensions and the lengthy, level spoiler that seems inspired by that other rear-engined German symbol. The Dune adheres to the very same insincere formula that turns an Audi wagon right into an Allroad or a Volvo wagon right into a Cross Country-- just without all-wheel drive. It exists considering that we stay in a time when car manufacturers think everything can and should be a crossover.

2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Drive Review

It could be an insincere vehicle, but the Dune is not a bad vehicle. Its virtues are the same as those of other Beetle. Huge slabs of glass create a ventilated cabin and also exceptional visibility. It guides and also trips with common VW competence. You can select between coupe or convertible and also black, white, or sandstorm yellow paint, but you constantly obtain a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder as well as a six-speed automatic. Our just significant beef: the brake pedal needs an unusually firm as well as lengthy press prior to the binders attack hard.

Instead of a Baja Insect, the Dune adheres to in the recent footsteps of lightweight special editions such as the Beetle Denim, the Fender Version, as well as the Classic. That offers us a suggestion for the next version. If Volkswagen can not determine how to offer TDI vehicles in the United States once again, maybe it can commemorate those torque-rich, high-mpg magnificence days with the Beetle Diesel Version, moved by a zero-emissions battery-electric powertrain, obviously.

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