personally, i like de sooper beetles. they're overall a better car really
as far as i know, most super beetles are "IRS" (independent rear suspension) vs the old style swing axle (which is still technically independent rear suspension but i don't know i didn't name this shit). IRS transmissions use CV joints instead of solid axles. in a swing axle rear end, the rear wheels will "tuck" (positive camber) if the transmission is above the center of the wheel because of the solid axle. every time you lift the rear end of a swing axle car, the wheels tuck in REALLY far (there are little tricks to prevent this but that's not the point) and ultimately will cause a premature death of your swing axle boots from flexing them/squishing them against the frame horns (did i mention that the gear oil from the transaxle goes out into the boots to lubricate the axle?) and ultimately dump out your gear oil all over the fucking place and leave you with one shitty situation (and they're a pain in the ass to change). this can also lead to some really funky handling in, so to say, "bad" conditions (ie really bumpy roads, poor traction conditions etc), basically it's a gaddam death trap in the right situations.
the front suspension of super beetles is part integrated into the front fenders, iirc they switched to mcpherson struts in the supers. this resulted in much smoother handling, a much tighter turning radius (yea, regular beetle turning radius is surprisingly wide) and all that fun stuff but *technically* unlike the beetle which has totally independent body and chassis, the super beetle front suspension REQUIRES the body.
the stock engine in the supers is a 1600 dual port, meaning it's 100cc larger and has 1 intake port per cylinder (though still only a single barrel center mount carburetor, the dual port heads still flow better) as opposed to the 1500 single port (biggest engine available in the regular Beetles starting 66? i believe). there ARE 1600 single port engines but if i'm not mistaken the dual ports are more common (especially now) and they're really just different heads + intake manifolds. a lot of people like the single port heads on 1600s because they're more beefy, they can handle more abuse without cracking (1600DP heads are very, very prone to cracking or warping if they're overheated) but fuck those guys right? pfff
uhhhmm.. Super beetles have a windshield wiper squirter motor unlike regular beetles which rely on the spare tire's air pressure to pressurize the windshield wiper fluid jug.
i think i'm out of stuff for now but really the only "negative" i can think of in super vs regular is that the supers (at this age) have a tendency to develop a really bad front end wobble (especially at highway speed) because the front end is much more reliant on all those wonderful bushings and such. most people usually end up replacing pretty much all the front end parts at once because if you replace them one at a time, one bad part will ruin everything you put in so it's best to just replace pretty much everything and not have to worry about it - if it has a front end wobble, that is.
oh jeez page king what a shitty post for a page king.
i feel bad, guys, real bad. golly gee now i'm really on the spot, oh geez, oh golly what do i do