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Well, they New Beetle debuted on Jan. 5 1998 in Detroit with a price tag of $15,200 plus $500 destination. Here is the specs for the new beetle:
Price=$15,200
Arrival= March 1998

Type 2.0l,4-cylinder,in-line 1.9l,4-cylinder,in-line
Displacement,
in3
121.1/1984cm3 115.7/1896cm3
Compression Rato 10.0:1 19.5:1
Horsepower
(SAE)@rpm
115@5200
(85kW@5200)
90@4000
(66kW@4000)
Max.torque,
lbs-ft@rpm
122@2600
(165Nm@2600)
149@1900
(202Nm@1900)
Fuel Requirement Regular unleaded Diesel
Valve Train Single over head cam shaft, spur belt driven,
2 valve per cylinder, maintenance free hydraulic lifters
Emissions System OBD II, 3-way catalytic converter with 2 oxygen sensors(upstream and downstream), enhanced evaporation system
Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery(ORVR)

Altenator 14/90
Battery 12(60)
Ignition Digital electronic, Distributorless coil block, with knock sensor
5-Speed
Manual
Gasoline Diesel
City, mpg 23 41
Highway, mpg 29 48
4-Speed Automatic Gasoline Diesel
City, mpg 22 34
Highway, mpg 27 44

VW has set up a great site for the Beetle where you can find answers to all your questions. Its at:
New Beetle
Here are some articles on the New beetle from well known magazines:


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