Volkswagen has recently unveiled a one-off convertible version of its Virtus sedan in Brazil. The car was specially designed to transport the Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva around the Volkswagen factory in Sao Bernardo do Campo.
The Virtus convertible features a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine that delivers 148 bhp and is paired with a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The car also has a redesigned suspension, modified doors, and a strengthening rod to enhance its stability and safety. The interior is decorated with Bisque Blue accents and electric seats, while the exterior sports 18-inch wheels and a Deep Black Pearl paint.
Volkswagen Virtus Convertible in Production?
The Virtus convertible is not a production model and is only meant to be a showcase of Volkswagen’s engineering prowess and creativity. However, it does raise the question of whether there is a market for such a car in India, where the Virtus sedan is expected to launch later this year. The Virtus sedan is a 5-seater car that competes with the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna, and Skoda Rapid. It offers a spacious cabin, a large boot, and a range of engine and transmission options. It also has a 5-star NCAP rating and comes with 6 airbags.
Would you buy one?
A convertible version of the Virtus sedan would certainly add some flair and fun to the car, but it would also come with some drawbacks. For one, it would likely be more expensive than the regular sedan, as it would require additional modifications and features. It would also compromise on the practicality and comfort of the car, as it would reduce the boot space, the rear seat space, and the insulation from noise and weather. Moreover, it would face the challenge of finding buyers in a country where convertibles are not very popular, due to factors such as road conditions, traffic, pollution, and security5.
Therefore, while the Virtus convertible is an impressive and attractive car, it may not be a viable option for the Indian market. It may appeal to a niche segment of enthusiasts who are looking for a unique and stylish car, but it may not find mass acceptance among the general public. The Virtus sedan, on the other hand, is a more practical and affordable car that can cater to the needs and preferences of a wider audience. It remains to be seen how the Virtus sedan will perform in India, and whether Volkswagen will ever consider bringing the Virtus convertible to the country.