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It’s no secret that convertibles are no longer popular. And despite the success of the convertible version of the T-Roc, its succession seems compromised as the investments required by the electric car monopolize budgets. It is in this context that, to everyone’s surprise, Volkswagen revealed a very strange convertible, but the initiative is an epiphenomenon.
A real Popemobile
Indeed, there is no question for Volkswagen of marketing a 4-door convertible, an extremely rare configuration in automobile production as this architecture poses problems in terms of rigidity. This is a unique model developed in just six weeks by around thirty Brazilian engineers, especially for the visit to the installations of the Volkswagen plant in São Paulo by President Lula, who was almost received like a Pope. .
A very beautiful achievement
The model chosen for this purpose is none other than a Virtus sedan, itself extrapolated from our Polo in order to give it the silhouette of a sedan sedan, equipped with a trunk. Hence the presence of this prominent stern. It was also necessary to enlarge the car by extending its wheelbase, in order to obtain a more spacious second row, requiring in passing the redesign of the size of the fuel tank, while the removal of the roof required the reinforcement of numerous points of protection. stiffening so that the hull does not twist at the slightest start of a turn. Finally, a crossbar was installed between the front and rear seats to allow rear passengers to stand on it.
A true tradition over time
This is not Volkswagen Brazil’s first attempt. It has even become a tradition since the end of the 1950s, during each presidential visit. Thus, the Beetle was transformed twice (1959 and 1993) during this type of event, while the Polo sedan met the same fate in 2003 before the Volkswagen Fox in 2005. The Virtus is therefore the fifth model of this kind and will soon join the brand’s local mausoleum.
To sum up
Obsessed with the electrification of its range, Volkswagen has other fish to fry. Yet the manufacturer has just lifted the veil on this strange convertible?
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