Launched last year, the Volkswagen Beetle Club Edition is a special version of the iconic Beetle based on the top spec 1.2 TSI Sport with Luxury pack which includes bi-xenons, DRLs and Vienna leather.
Mechanically, it remains the same, equipped with a 1.2-litre TSI engine generating almost 104hp and 175Nm of torque from 1,550rpm to 4,100rpm matched with a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox, capable of going from 10-100km/h in 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 180km/h.
Unfortunately, if you’re interested in this model, only 50 units were made available for the Malaysian market, and all of them are sold out, sorry.
Fortunately, we had the chance to drive this model recently, and we really fell in love with the special Bug.
With its eye-catching Habanero Orange Metallic colour with black side mirrors and the Club decals on the sides along with the unmistakeable silhouette, this car definitely turned some heads on the road.
The Beetle Club Edition also sports 17-inch Ravenna multi-spoke alloys in Sterling Silver, and is fitted with side sills with a chrome strip and a decorative sticker above it with “Club” lettering.
On the inside, its leather sports seats are upholstered in a matching black and Calypso Orange theme, with the orange also featured in stitching on the armrest, gear lever boot, hand brake and steering wheel which also features the “Club” insignia.
Also lending a look of class is the “Twist Wave Dark” cubic film over the dash and centre console that gives it a faux carbon look.
Once we got behind the wheel, we were impressed by the comfortable seats and the luxurious feeling steering wheel which evokes a feeling of pleasure even before starting the engine.
Start the key, and the sound that greeted our ears was nothing short of breath-taking – the roar as it came to life and the bass of its steady purring can only be described as “sexy”.
On the road, the driving experience was smooth and zippy, its low centre of gravity contributing to stable ride even when cornering at speeds up to, or depending on the angle of the corner even possibly exceeding, 80km/h, with impressive pickup and maneuverability that allowed us to safely and easily nip through traffic with confidence.
Parking in this little cutie takes some getting used to though, due to its generously-sized posterior, but the parking sensors were a massive help.
Once we had parked a few times we got better at gauging the distance with the help of the sensors, although honestly at first we were rather apprehensive when we had to reverse park, as we were intimidated by the protruding front and rear bumpers, but all in all it all boiled down to practice.
Up front, the seats are comfortable and although we didn’t have the opportunity to take the car out of state, we believe it would have been very comfortable even on a long drive.
However, the back seats could get a little cramped over time, especially if the passenger has long legs, as we found the legroom was just nice for a person with a height of 165cm and shorter leg to body ratio.
Accessibility to the back seats is also slightly difficult, as there is no electronic way to adjust the seat position, so everything would have to be adjusted manually before climbing into the back.
We believe the sound system also deserves a shout out, as it didn’t crackle at higher volumes as many are wont to do, and wasn’t drowned out by outside noise.
Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) was minimal; the whole driving experience was rather silent, with little to no wind noise coming in from outside and a silent engine that would only roar at low gears and when shifting gears.
Overall, we believe this take on the iconic Beetle is truly a collector’s edition, perfect for enthusiasts due to its exclusivity and eye-catching appearance.
Too bad we can’t have one.
|Price (RM)||RM153,620 OTR without insurance|
|Engine Type||4-cylinder TSI petrol engine|
|Power||104hp @ 5,000rpm|
|Torque||175Nm @ 1,550-4,100rpm|
|Gearbox||DSG 7-speed direct shift gearbox|
|Tyres Size||215/60 R16|