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    1. 05-27-2005 02:07 AM #1
      A few more photos from VWoA's HQ:



      From this GALLERY

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    3. 05-27-2005 11:11 AM #2
      Cool, thanks [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    4. 05-27-2005 12:29 PM #3
      nice Jamie!
      You really can see now how the headlights are very different then the current ones.
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      05-27-2005 12:31 PM #4
      It's so Beautiful... think I'm gona cry!



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      05-27-2005 01:28 PM #5
      Subtle, but vast, differences. Thanks for the side by side pics!

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      05-27-2005 07:41 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by 2002turboS »
      Subtle, but vast, differences. Thanks for the side by side pics!

      I have mixed feelings. On one hand, I like that VW finally made a noticeable change to the aging NB appearance. On the other hand, I think some of the changes make the front and rear ends appear to be larger and more bulky. What really stinks is that there won't be any retrofitting of the bumpers/fenders because the rocker panels are a different shape

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      05-28-2005 04:15 PM #7
      What Pelican said. A rear end only the Aflac Duck could truly love... although the front end doesn't look too awful bad. The "cut" fenders look odd: I guess I'm too "old school" and prefer designs made with french curves instead of straight edge rulers (yes I know CAD/CAM software exists, but I still harbor the fantasy that cars are designed by hand by talented artists, designers and engineers, not someone with a mouse tablet and software wizardry).

    9. 05-28-2005 10:03 PM #8
      But is this a classic facelift on the old A4 chassis, or do we have an all new Beetle ?
      How else could Volkswagen shoe-horn in the five cylinder engine ??
      And why would VW even want to do a "facelift" - the appearance is still basically the same.
      Specs will tell the story..

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      05-29-2005 12:46 AM #9
      From what I've read, there have been no chassis updates on the older MkIV platform for the New Beetle facelift. VW was able to shoehorn the 3.2 VR6 into the New Beetle engine bay so I'm sure the new I5 fits just fine.

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      05-29-2005 02:03 PM #10
      I don't know why but I still don't like this new change. I don't see why would anyone even consider this a change. Its a shame what they had to offer for the beetle as opposed to every other VW. Maybe it will grow on me but as of now I like the older version better. And is it me or does the front of the 2006 sit higher then the older versions?
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    12. 05-29-2005 02:11 PM #11
      Actually I think the later cars in general sit a lot higher than the older ones.

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      05-29-2005 04:02 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by 13minutes »
      Actually I think the later cars in general sit a lot higher than the older ones.

      Agreed.

    14. 05-29-2005 09:00 PM #13
      I am so in love with the 2006, I want one really bad

    15. 05-29-2005 09:15 PM #14
      Looks like the 2006 interior is pretty much unchanged - as in still lots are hard plastic. Oh well, I was hoping for a standard "total black" interior similar to a GTI/GLI. Exterior looks great thought.

    16. 05-29-2005 10:38 PM #15
      I dunno - I like the old front turn signals, fogs, rear marker and back up lights better. I do like the round/oval gas door - it fits the round/oval Beetle theme beter than the rectangular one on the pre '06 Beetles. I also like the license plate location better on the new Beetle.

    17. 05-31-2005 02:44 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by Boogety Boogety »
      What Pelican said. A rear end only the Aflac Duck could truly love... although the front end doesn't look too awful bad. The "cut" fenders look odd: I guess I'm too "old school" and prefer designs made with french curves instead of straight edge rulers (yes I know CAD/CAM software exists, but I still harbor the fantasy that cars are designed by hand by talented artists, designers and engineers, not someone with a mouse tablet and software wizardry).

      Hard to "improve" on the original J. Mays design...

    18. 05-31-2005 02:54 PM #17
      i like my 01 alot better, i do like the new tails though.

    19. 05-31-2005 07:13 PM #18
      Looking at the tach in this one picture the this car seems to have a 1.9 L TD or 2.5L 5 cyclinder not the 2.0 l or 1.8T

    20. 05-31-2005 07:44 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by pasnow »
      Looking at the tach in this one picture the this car seems to have a 1.9 L TD or 2.5L 5 cyclinder not the 2.0 l or 1.8T

      Yes, the 2.0L and 1.8T are both gone.

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      05-31-2005 10:26 PM #20
      Yes, the new standard engine is the 2.5L I5 which has a 5800RPM redline. With 150HP/170lb-ft it matches the now defunct 1.8T which had 150HP/162lb-ft in the standard NB guise. Hopefully VW will offer up the new 2.0T as the optional engine!

    22. 06-01-2005 10:06 AM #21
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      06-02-2005 01:39 AM #22
      Two things I noticed:
      1. Are they eliminating hubcaps? Because every picture I've seen has shown alloy wheels?
      2. In the red Beetle above, there appears to be a slit at the top of the rear window. Previously, the auto-deploying spoiler has only been available on 1.8T models. Is this going to be available on the 2.5 now?
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      06-02-2005 07:34 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by ASurroca »
      Two things I noticed:
      1. Are they eliminating hubcaps? Because every picture I've seen has shown alloy wheels?
      2. In the red Beetle above, there appears to be a slit at the top of the rear window. Previously, the auto-deploying spoiler has only been available on 1.8T models. Is this going to be available on the 2.5 now?

      Good catch, I didn't even notice it! It would only make sense that it will be standard equipment on all the NBs because the base engine now has the same 150hp as the NB 1.8T did.

    25. 06-08-2005 12:38 PM #24
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      06-08-2005 07:04 PM #25
      I can't wait until the updated cars start showing up at dealers because then we can start figuring out part #'s, etc. for things like the instrument cluster. I want one!!

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