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Volkswagen E-Bugster: an angry, electric Beetle

If you're not convinced that VW's new Beetle is more masculine than ever before, then check out this even more aggressive concept model.

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Derek Fung
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Car ninja

If you're not convinced that VW's new Beetle is more masculine than ever before, then check out this even more aggressive concept model.

Compared to the sufficiently macho regular Beetle, the E-Bugster features a chopped and flattened roof line, as well as pumped-up wheel arches.

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E-mote

As the "E-" prefix suggests, this concept Beetle has an electric motor up front, instead of its regular petrol or diesel forms of motivation.

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Wanderer

Where the rear seats would otherwise be is a lightweight (80kg) battery module, capable of delivering 180km of range.

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Slow beetle

With 85kW at the driver's disposal, the E-Bugster can hit 96km/h in just over 10 seconds.

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Wired

Opt for the company's quick charger, and the E-Bugster can be recharged in around 35 minutes. VW won't say how long it takes to replenish the E-Bugster's batteries via a regular 240V outlet, though.

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White out

If you're not a fan of stark white, you're fresh out of luck.

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Electric this, touchscreen that

Instead of the familiar VW entertainment and nav system, there's an LG tablet. Below that is another touchscreen for the climate-control system. These are joined by electronic readouts at the top of the dash and instrument panel.

Derek Fung travelled to the Detroit Motor Show as a guest of Ford.

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