In an interesting development, VW Virtus in Brazil has been designed in a convertible body type. As per various reports online, this was done in order to welcome the Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to the Volkswagen production facility in Sao Bernardo do Campo. Carmakers often come up with special edition models for the public. However, only a handful of car companies devise one-off projects like this convertible Virtus. Let us take a look at the details here.
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VW Virtus Convertible
The internet is full of reports of this enticing and intriguing iteration of the Virtus. Note that India also gets the Virtus as the Honda City and Hyundai Verna rival. However, this is the Brazilian model. Hence, the powertrain is different. As per the reports online, this special model was constructed in a matter of just six weeks by 30 professionals. That is an achievement in itself. This is especially true considering the fact that this is not a simple roof-chopped model. There are some unique modifications done to this sedan to make it strong and practical.
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For starters, the strength of the structure of the vehicle has been increased by solidifying the key points for a proper load transfer. Also, the suspension has been retuned to adjust to this body style. Even the doors have been adjusted and bear the frameless theme. To bolster stability, a rod has been installed to connect the left and right B-pillars. Since this is designed to carry the President, the length of the car has been increased to offer more legroom. This Biscay Blue Virtus gets 18-inch alloy wheels and an all-black interior. All in all, there are significant changes to this model in comparison to the regular version.
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This Brazilian Virtus comes with a 1.4-litre TSI engine. However, the Indian model has different engine options. These include a 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine and a 1.5-litre EVO turbo petrol engine. The 1.0-litre engine gives 115 PS of power and 178 Nm of torque, while the 1.5-litre engine offers 150 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque. You can pair the smaller engine with either a 6-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission. The larger engine offers options of a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox. The prices for the VW Virtus range from Rs 11.56 lakh to Rs 19.41 lakh, ex-showroom.
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It is fascinating to witness a familiar product in a new avatar. This breaks the monotony a bit and offers us an opportunity to experience something truly unique. Also, it is best when the carmakers officially develop such iterations instead of the aftermarket car modification houses. The level of professionalism with the OEMs is much better and one can trust the final product because all the components are calibrated accordingly.