In a word, the New Beetle is cute. Okay, the Turbo is reasonably fun, and the not-for-US-sale RSi was a hairy-enough beast that the flower vase could have been replaced with a holster, but this erases all of it. The lug nuts are pink. Does that mean your little sister will learn to change a tire? Maybe thatâ€™s what this is: an educational opportunity aimed at involving more women in the ownership experience.
Not too many more, though. VW only plans on selling thirteen. Too bad the oil isnâ€™t pink, too, or at least the filter. If the connecting rod bolts were pink, would we see a new demographic doing engine rebuilds?
Actually, itâ€™s too bad more of the interior isnâ€™t pink. Since when did Barbie drive a car with a black interior merely trimmed in pink? If you must build a Barbie special edition, at least do it right. If we remember correctly, Barbieâ€™s interiors are always white with pink and purple trim. Not that we ever played with Barbiesâ€¦. Um, but we saw a pink Corvette in our sisterâ€™s room once. Just once. When we were trying on those adorable lace-trimmed socks. They didnâ€™t fit, and then she cried when we stretched them out. But now sheâ€™s bigger, so we donâ€™t bring it up.
If you want a Barbie Beetle, too bad. Like we said, VW is only making thirteen, and not even one is making it out of Mexico. Of course, if youâ€™d like to try to land one second-hand, or sneak one across the border, the MSRP is $24,368. Remember to bribe the border patrol, and try the tamales![Car and Driver]