1302 and 1303 Super Beetles were with MacPherson strut front suspension with improved handling and more space for feet. Front discs were also set, larger taillights and a more safety-conscious padded dashboard. The engines could be chosen, either 1285 cc and 44bhp or 1584 cc and 50 bhp, air cooled.
It was called 1302 Super Beetle, and it was available in the USA with 60hp 1600cc engine, and with the same and 1300cc version in Europe. Later on, is introduced in Europe and 1302S engine. It was known as the most powerful, exciting and comfortable Beetle ever produced. The spare tire was placed horizontally in the front trunk floor. It was with improved carrying capacity. An external oil cooler was set, and the tinwork was redesigned to improve the fresh air coming in. Lighter strut front suspension and more precise steering were added. After the improvements, it became more similar to Ford than Beetle. It was first for sale in 1970 with 700,000 produced in that year. An automatic transmission was on offer to increase sales as customers did not desire the model in the beginning. The production was moved to Yugoslavia, and a joint venture was made with TAS.
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