The Edmonton Motorshow started its engines yesterday at the Edmonton Expo Centre. It’s easy to get distracted by the beasty trucks and mammoth muscle cars, so I thought I’d take a time-out to showcase some of the smaller powerhouse cars that might be overlooked.
2012 Volkswagen Beetle
I’m done calling the Beetle “cute.” I won’t deny the obvious that it’s small and has some very attractive features, but Volkswagen really sharpened up its look and performance to make it an assertive competitor out there on the road.
They eliminated some of the bubble look by shaving the rear of the Beetle to have its lines run smoothly from the roof right down to the addition of its spoiler. Nothing too drastic to replace the iconic look of the VW Beetle, but just enough of a change to step up its aggressive game.
The new 21st Century 2012 VW Beetle gives you your pick between fast and faster. There’s the 2.5 L, 170 hp engine, or the 2.0 TSI Turbocharged engine that kicks out an impressive 200 hp.
2012 Fiat Abarth
I’m not going to lie; I was looking forward to checking out this little guy. The new 1.4L 16-valve MultiAir Turbo 4-Cylinder engine gives you the fun of 160 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. The MultiAir system delivers optimum combustion at any speed under any driving condition by allowing direct and dynamic control of air intake and combustion. Things like its Abarth-tuned suspension and braking systems, the latest techniques is Powertrain and Chassis technology, and its race car inspired looks let you enjoy features that are usually kept for the bigger sports cars.
The Edmonton Motorshow runs until Sunday, March 4, 2012.