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Volkswagen Beetle R Promises More Sportiness

Volkswagen Beetle R Promises More Sportiness

Volkswagen Beetle R Promises More Sportiness
October 03
11:54 2013

Spy shots showing the Volkswagen Beetle R with minimal camouflage are already circling the net, meaning that the sporty coupe is very close to enter mass production. Today Volkswagen’s R lineup consists of the Golf R and the Scirocco R, the Beetle R Concept being presented at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The spy shots were taken in Germany, showing a Beetle with the R-Line body kit. The kit consists of cool-looking front and rear fascias, side skirts, dual exhausts and spoiler. The visual elements are completed with Volkswagen’s five-spoke R wheels. It is worth observing that in Frankfurt, the Beetle R Concept had an even more aggressive look: it remains to be seen which version will be chosen for the production model.

The Volkswagen Beetle R is not just about looks, though. Under the hood, there is Volkswagen’s turbocharged 2.0 TSI four-cylinder mated to a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The engine is said to generate at least 240 horsepower, and it is possible to be as powerful as the next Golf R: 296 horsepower.

Along with the engine, Volkswagen engineers changed the front brakes for bigger ones (these are easy to be recognized thanks to their blue calipers). The ventilation also had to be improved, so on the front splitter, there are three intakes: the middle supplies the engine with oxygen, while the outer two help to cool the brakes. On the hood, there are a few ventilation slots that have a role in cooling the engine.

The Volkswagen Beetle R is just as cool in the interior as it is in the outside. It has deep bucket sport seats covered with Nappa leather, and there are a few R-specific instruments placed on the dashboard, helping keep things under control. The Volkswagen Beetle R is expected to hit the showrooms at the end of 2014.

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