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Meet the Volkswagen ID. Buggy. It marks the acknowledgment of the archetypal VW bank buggy of the 1960s, and, aloof like that acclaimed car, this new one promises to action the aforementioned agitative mix of amphitheater thrills and fun active charm. But aloof afore you appointment your bounded VW banker with flowers in your beard and singing the Bank Boys to abode your order, there’s a bite in the tail.
Before we get to the rub, a baby history lesson: the ID. Buggy harks aback to the iconic dune-bashed conception of the sixties, with its big wheels, collapsed windscreen, bug-like eyes, sit-up-and-beg active position and a Beetle agent slung out the back, abaft the absolute wheels.
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It was never a Volkswagen-designed car, though. Californian architect Bruce Meyers came up with the abstraction of demography a VW Beetle chassis, abridgement it and bolting on a fiberglass body. With a set of beefy tyres and the able and tuneable Beetle agent fitted, it was abominably acknowledged in 1960s arid racing. Initially offered in kit form, the buggy was put into assembly as the Meyers Manx. But by 1971 the aboriginal aggregation had folded.
Fast-forward to 2019 and we’re active a car that’s declared to be evoking the spirit of the Manx. The ID. Buggy takes the actual aforementioned abstraction as Meyers’s and brings it blast up to date. There’s the aforementioned bug-eyed advanced end, beefy tyres, a alpine windscreen, two seats and simple bodywork anchored on that seems to be amphibian aloft the wheels. There’s a abreast belvedere beneath – Volkswagen’s new ‘MEB’ architectonics – and drive goes to the rear wheels, aloof like the Meyers Manx’s did. But it’s powered by article rather different.
The MEB belvedere is Volkswagen’s new architecture, advised accurately for its electric cars. There’s a accomplished ambit of them on their way, starting with the crucial, Golf-sized ID. 3 aboriginal abutting year. You can anticipate of the ID. Buggy as application the ID. 3’s underpinnings – aloof like how the Manx buggy acclimated the Beetle’s active gear.
There’s no agent but instead a 202bhp electric motor at the back, with an cyberbanking differential. It’s powered by 62kWh lithium-ion battery. VW says a additional motor, giving about 100bhp, could be added to the advanced auto to accomplish the Buggy four-wheel drive, article the Manx never was.
Inside, there’s the aforementioned abecedarian Manx spirit, with direct surfaces, washable seats, a cesspool bung in the floor, and a council wheel. As a nod to its avant-garde DNA, though, the council caster has aggregate controls on it, the gearbox is operated by a axis and the pedals accept comedy and abeyance icons on them. There’s additionally a roof – but it’s aloof a tarpaulin continued from the rear targa bar to the top of the windscreen.
On the road, there’s no air-cooled soundtrack, but this aside, the ID. Buggy does drive like the aboriginal bank buggy in abounding ways. There’s the aforementioned wind-in-the-hair sensation, the appearance out over the beanie is akin and there’s the accepted activity of fun.
It’s acceptable to drive, too, as the council – adopted from the ID. 3 – is ablaze and decidedly authentic – and (despite a 35kph limiter on the abstraction car) it’s actual quick to accelerate. The ride is accurately bendable too; the added you drive it, the added you realise this is like no added typical, creaky, abominably accomplished motor appearance abstraction car. It feels assembly ready.
That’s because it is – and, what’s added tantalizing, Volkswagen still hasn’t fabricated up its apperception whether or not to body it. Officially the ID. Buggy is a able one-off to appearance how adjustable its new MEB belvedere is. VW has already active a accord with Ford for it to booty the MEB architectonics and body its own ambit of electric cars cutting the Blue Oval badge, and the Buggy is a chic way of assuming what could be done, aloof like the Manx did 50 years ago. It’s a pristine, set-dressed showhome in a new apartment development.
However, there are signs VW is abating to the abstraction of architecture it, whether by authoritative it internally or licensing it to low-volume manufacturers. VW administration accept the activity will ultimately appear bottomward to whether the sums add up and whether there’s absolutely a bazaar for the car.
Of course, VW has its easily abounding with its new bread-and-butter electric car, the ID.3, and authoritative that a success. But the ID. Buggy could happen, and that’s a actual agitative thought.
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