Volkswagen Beetle R Concept

By - November 19th, 2011

The Volkswagen Beetle R Concept made its debut this past week at the LA Auto Show. Developed by Volkswagen R GmbH — the same people who designed and built the Scirocco R and Golf R — the Beetle R Concept is styled more aggressively than the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, featuring a front bumper widened by 1.2 inches, as well as expanded wheel arches to make room for the 20-inch five-spoke wheels, with bigger brakes and visible blue “R” brake calipers. There’s an oversized lower grille that supplies cooling air to both the engine and brakes, and at the back, a massive Porsche-like rear wing and quad exhaust. The interior, meanwhile, is outfitted with racing buckets covered in black Nappa leather with grey nubuck panels, and an instrument panel that relocates the tachometer front and center. VW wouldn’t disclose what’s under the hood, but it may be similar to what’s powering the current Golf R — a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit good for 270 horsepower. Though there hasn’t been any official word, it’s likely the Beetle R will in fact see production, with most rumors pointing to a 2014 start date. via: WCF