Volkswagen just announced that its new, limited-edition 2015 Beetle Classic will have a starting price of $20,195 (plus a destination charge of $820). That’s a full $100 less than the base Beetle, money you can use to purchase things like fashion accessories made from hemp, or a small tattoo that reads “Flower Child.”
The 2015 Beetle Classic will still have a bevy of standard amenities like a multi-function steering wheel, satellite navigation, satellite radio, etc. But the seats are decked-out in deliciously-retro two-tone, composed of coffee-brown artificial leather on the sides and backs, with cream white cloth inserts, and the shifter and handbrake are wrapped in leather. The wheels on the 2015 Beetle Classic are reminiscent of the polished chrome dog dish hub caps of yore, and the car will be available in three colors: white, black, and silver.
The same 1.8 liter turbo that powers the base Beetle will be used on the limited-edition 2015 Beetle Classic, albeit still in the front end of the car (a thoroughly un-classic decision). Power is sent through a 6-speed automatic to the front wheels, a transmission which previously came at a premium of $1,100 over the base 5-speed manual.
Beyond that, the 2015 Beetle Classic also features a spoiler and, if Volkswagen has done its job well, a waft of vintage, time-machine classicism every time you open the door.