Video: Jay Leno drives the 1938 and 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Jay Leno drives 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Many of us are stuck wondering how successful the new Volkswagen Beetle will be. Many think it will be a tough sell since it does have a significant image problem. Others say it will do fine succeeding on its already preexisting interest and customer base.

But to give us some consolation as to how the new Beetle is, Jay Leno, again, was given the opportunity to try out the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle and also drive the original 1938 design. Is the new Beetle any good?

Have a look by checking out his segment after the jump.

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Refresher: The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is offered with three powertrain choices including a 2.5L gasoline 5-cylinder, 2.0 TDI Clean Diesel and a 2.0L TSI turbocharged gasoline unit.  While a 6-speed manual is standard on the 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TSI, Volkswagen’s DSG 6-speed dual-clutch automatic is available. A 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic is available on the 2.5L models. The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.4L 5-cylinder model produces 170-hp / 177 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 5-speed manual, fuel-economy comes in at 22/31 mpg (city/highway) and 22/29 mpg when mated to a 6-speed automatic. The Beetle 2.0 TSI is the sportiest Beetle and is powered by a 2.0 4-cylinder turbo making 200-hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel, is know as the most fuel-efficient Beetle ever. Power comes from a 2.0L 4-cylinder diesel engine making 140-hp / 236 lb-ft of torque. Estimated fuel-economy comes in at 22/40 mpg or 33 mpg combined. Prices start at $19,765.

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– By: Chris Chin