Tony O'Kane | Mar 15, 2010

VOLKSWAGEN AUSTRALIA has announced the arrival of a new special-edition model for the New Beetle range: the BlackOrange.

The BlackOrange edition is offered in two colours: solid black with silver mirrors and silver side decals, or a metallic orange with black mirror caps, black roof and black decals.

A set of 17-inch alloys are also standard for the BlackOrange, and are colour-coded black for the orange paint scheme and silver for the black paint scheme.

A sports suspension package lowers the Beetle and improves cornering performance, while front foglights are standard fit. The BlackOrange is also equipped with privacy glass for the rear cabin.

The BlackOrange special edition can be had with the same 75kW 1.6 litre petrol, 2.0 litre petrol or 77kW 1.9 litre turbodiesel that are offered in the rest of the New Beetle hatch and cabriolet line-up.

Transmission options for the BlackOrange are also identical to regular New Beetle models, with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic available.

Inside, faux-leather upholstery covers all four seats, with the steering wheel and gearknob trimmed in genuine leather. The pedals are finished in aluminium, and cruise control is standard.

New Beetle BlackOrange pricing starts at $27,500 for the petrol manual hatch - an $800 premium over the base model New Beetle Miami. Opting for an automatic transmission adds $2500 to the sticker price.

The BlackOrange Cabriolet, however, is priced identically to the standard New Beetle Cabriolet, starting at $37,700 for the manual-equipped convertible.


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