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USA premiere at the 2011 Los Angeles auto show
Volkswagen Beetle R Concept design study
Third variation after Golf R and Scirocco R

Volkswagen Beetle R Concept, front view.

Alloy wheels (20'') with blue brake callipers in R design.

17 Nov. 2011 : Based on its new 2012  Beetle model, Volkswagen is presenting the Beetle R Concept study in a USA premiere at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show (18 to 27 November 2011), after its recent world premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show last September.

Coming as a third variation of the VW R versions – the brand's high performance models, read R for racing – the Beetle R Concept joins the high performance, turbo boosted Golf R (199 kW, 270 PS, 267 bhp) and Scirocco R (currently only in Europe with 195 kW, 265 PS, 261 bhp).

VW Beetle R Concept, rear view.

‘Black High Gloss’ for the roof, the upper part of the boot lid connecting to it, the door mirror housings and door handles.

While the Beetle R Concept is still a design study, Europe's largest car maker (the VW group includes the SEAT, Skoda, Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti brands, in addition to 20% of Suzuki) says that compared with the Beetle 2.0 TSI (147 kW, 200 PS, 197 bhp), the Beetle ‘R’ could have a performance potential similar to that of the Golf R and Scirocco R which were also designed by the Volkswagen subsidiary Volkswagen R GmbH.


Painted in what VW calls the ‘Serious Grey’, the Beetle R Concept offers a glimpse of what a production version might (or probably, should) look like.

Volkswagen Beetle R Concept, profile view.

The redesigned bumpers were widened by 30 mm (1.18 inch).

Outside, the concept is equipped with 20-inch ‘Talladega’ alloy wheels similar to those of the Golf R and Scirocco R (18- and 19-inch wheels are mounted on the latter two cars), with five triple spokes and blue brake callipers in R design.

The redesigned front and rear bumpers were widened by 30 mm (1.18 inch). The front bumper module consists of three air intakes styled in contrasting ‘Black High Gloss’. The middle air intake feeds the engine while the outer two contribute to cooling the brakes.

Volkswagen Beetle R Concept, instrument cluster with the tachometer in the middle.

Instrument cluster with the tachometer in the middle.

Also painted in ‘Black High Gloss’, the front spoiler is designed as a flat splitter (with a chrome strip), as those found in motorsport applications. Ventilation slots were added on the right and left sides of the engine bonnet to enhance engine temperature regulation under hard conditions.

The profile shows a transition from the bumpers into the free-standing wings, which were also widened 15 mm (0.59 inch) on each side. The side sills are styled in ‘Black High Gloss’ with a high-end chrome trim strip.

The roof, the upper part of the boot lid connecting to it, the door mirror housings and door handles are also painted in ‘Black High Gloss’.

In addition to the air exhaust slots, the rear bumper also has a diffuser in its lower area. Together with the rear spoiler – which is larger than the one on Beetle production models with up to 200 PS (147 kW, 197 bhp) in power – and its black trailing edge, they add downforce at the rear axle. The exhaust system ends with two sets of dual chrome tailpipes.


Both driver and passenger sit in motorsport shell seats with Ergopads made of grey nubuck leather. The seats are upholstered in black Nappa leather, with an embossed R logo. The ‘Space Blue’ coloured seams and piping are matched with fabric floor mats with blue-black double borders.

Volkswagen Beetle R Concept, front seats view.

The seats are upholstered in black Nappa leather.

Brushed aluminium is used for all pedal caps and the door sill plates come with the R logo.

The contrast colour ‘Black High Gloss’ of the Beetle R exterior is used for dashboard accents and decorative elements around the gear shift grip. The instruments are also R-specific, with modifications in the central instrument cluster (with tachometer in the middle) and auxiliary instruments laid out above the centre console.


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