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Tony O'Kane | Feb 17, 2009

Volkswagen of America has announced the addition of a new special-edition model to its lineup - the New Beetle Convertible "Blush".

The Blush, which will be built in limited numbers, comes with no mechanical improvements over the regular model, although it does get the same 112kW (150hp), 230Nm (170lb/ft) 2.5-litre engine that's standard fitment to US-market Beetles - a good deal more powerful than the 75kW (101hp) unit we get here in Oz.

What sets it apart from the cooking model Beetle, however, is a unique White Gold metallic paint scheme and luscious red leather interior, as well as a red soft-top. Fun fact: the Blush is the only model in the Beetle range that comes with a genuine leather interior. All the others make do with a synthetic "Leatherette" substitute.

2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Blush

There's also a red boot to cover the soft top when it's retracted and a set of unique 17-inch alloys, but aside from these minor cosmetic additions there's nothing new to report. An all-new Beetle is rumoured to be on the way though, and we suspect that the Blush edition Beetle is a final attempt by VW to empty its lots of the existing model before its replacement arrives. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for that one.

If you'd like to learn more about the current New Beetle, check out our recent review of the 10th Anniversary Edition version here.

VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES LATEST SPECIAL EDITION NEW BEETLE CONVERTIBLE—“BLUSH”

HERNDON, Va.—Volkswagen of America, Inc. has long been known for offering special edition models with unique characteristics that create excitement in showrooms and individuality among owners. Volkswagen’s latest special edition, the New Beetle convertible “Blush”, builds on the already great features of the standard version with added elements and design cues that are exclusive to this limited edition.

The special edition 2009 New Beetle convertible “Blush” features an exclusive exterior and interior color not offered on the standard version. An elegant metallic White Gold paint on the exterior nicely compliments the rich red leather interior, and red convertible top that gives this limited edition its namesake. The “Blush” edition is the only current New Beetle convertible available with genuine leather seating surfaces. Other unique features include a red boot for when the convertible top is down, and unique17-inch alloy wheels.

Like the New Beetle and New Beetle convertible the “Blush” edition features a 2.5L engine that produces 150 horsepower, and 170 lbs.ft. of torque. The “Blush” edition comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, and like all 2009 Volkswagen’s Electronic Stabilization Program comes standard. The New Beetle convertible “Blush” edition is value priced at $26,990 and only a limited number will be produced.

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