Volkswagen Beetle R Concept

November 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Volkswagen brought along the Beetle R Concept, shown previously in Frankfurt, to the Los Angeles Motor Show to announce production of this hotted-up Beetle.

This is not the car for typical Beetle buyers, but the more hard-core ones! he front and rear bumpers are completely redesigned, and are a generous 30 mm wider than standard. Three chunky air intakes in a black high-gloss finish dominate the front; the central one to provide air to the radiator, and the side two to aid cooling of the brakes. Additional engine cooling is provided by vents on either side of the top of the bonnet.

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The rear wings are also 15 mm wider than is standard, helping them to flow purposefully into the wider rear bumper, which houses not only a diffuser, but also a quartet of exhaust pipes – two either side. Above this sits a large spoiler with a gloss black finish on top and body-coloured finish beneath. It also gets 20-inch wheels.

The engine is yet to be confirmed, but it’s almost certainly will be the one from the Golf R and Scirocco R, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit providing 270 PS.