Volkswagen Virtus convertible revealed as a one-off project

Volkswagen Virtus convertible front quarter

Volkswagen has unveiled a specially developed Virtus convertible in Brazil. The one-off prototype was showcased at the Volkswagen factory in Sao Bernardo do Campo (SP) on the occasion of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's visit to the facility.

  1. Virtus convertible is based on Brazilian-spec car
  2. Comes with a 1.4-litre TSI petrol
  3. Built as a special project

Volkswagen Virtus convertible: what's different?

Volkswagen Brazil says the Virtus Cabriolet is not just a chop-top iteration of the standard sedan. Along with removing the roof, the car’s structure was strengthened at key points and it has also received different suspension components. Additionally, the doors have been slightly realigned and are pillarless, thanks to the removed roof.

An additional strengthening rod has been installed connecting the left and the right B-pillar in order to add stability. Also, it has a lightly lengthened floor with more legroom, which meant changes to the car's fuel tank and rear seats.

The Virtus show car is painted in Biscay Blue and gets 18-inch wheels with a darkened finish and an all-black interior. It is powered by a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, which is not available on the Virtus sold in India.

Volkswagen Brazil says the custom Virtus convertible prototype was built in just six weeks by a team of 30 professionals. The specially designed Virtus was used to transport the president around the plant's facilities.

The Volkswagen Group is known for creating one-off models for special projects. In India, the brand created a special project based on the Rapid convertible as a student project in 2023. 

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