let Sedan Transformed into Unique 4-Door Drop-top by Volkswagen

Six weeks later, the car was born.

In a surprising move, the automaker known for its unconventional T-Roc crossover featuring a retractable soft top has now unveiled a convertible sedan. Volkswagen Brazil has revealed a transformed Virtus, created by 30 engineers in just six weeks. For those unfamiliar, the Virtus is essentially a four-door iteration of the compact Polo model.

The VW factory in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo has taken on a special project for the upcoming visit of Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – a one-of-a-kind convertible sedan. However, upon closer inspection, it appears that this vehicle may not truly be a convertible as none of the released images showcase the Virtus with its roof intact. Despite this, significant modifications have been made to the car, including the removal of the B and C pillars.

Brazilian engineering team of VW extended the vehicle’s length by elongating the wheelbase, creating an expanded rear space. However, this adjustment called for a resizing of the fuel tank. Moreover, when the roof was removed, the body had to be strengthened. Furthermore, a cross bar was integrated between the front and back seats, providing a gripping point for passengers in the rear to stand securely while on the move.

Volkswagen Brazil has recently unveiled its latest presidential transportation, a unique open-top Virtus. This is the fifth vehicle that the company has specially designed for official visits, with previous models including the Fusca/Beetle (1959, 1993), Polo Sedan (2003), and Fox (2005). During a visit to the plant, the country’s leader was chauffeured in the back of this one-of-a-kind sedan-convertible. The car will now have a permanent home in the factory’s museum, alongside other significant vehicles from history.

Earlier this year, Toyota initiated a similar transformation by unveiling the Century Convertible SUV. However, this unique vehicle was not specifically created for use by the Japanese president, as Japan is a monarchy. Instead, it was designed as a parade car, to be utilized by the Japan Sumo Association.

Source: Volkswagen

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