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1970-1975 VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1302/1303 specifications


Although they looked the same as previous models, the 1302 and 1303 ‘Super’ Beetles were the most radical reworks of the car during its long life. MacPherson strut front suspension was adopted, which allowed more front boot space and improved handling. The struts also allowed front disc brakes to be fitted too. The 1303, from 1972, had a more safety-conscious padded dashboard and wraparound windscreen, plus bigger tail lights. Engines were the usual air-cooled units of 1285cc and 44bhp, and 1584cc and 50bhp. Not quite as liked as other Bugs.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £875
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,750
  • Price (good):
    £2,750
  • Price (average):
    £1,600
  • Price (project):
    £600

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    18.3secs
  • Top speed:
    81.0mph
  • Power:
    50.0bhp
  • Torque:
    78.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    27.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    Flat 4
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, MacPherson strut, coil spring, anti-roll bar, trailing arm
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, semi-swing axle, trailing arms, torsion bar
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    worm and roller
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4080mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2420mm
  • Width:
    1585mm
  • Height:
    1500mm
  • Weight:
    870kgs

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