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Four Exhaust Pipes?! Beetle R Shows Stateside

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On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 11:34AM | By: Chris Salamone

Four Exhaust Pipes?! Beetle R Shows Stateside

Since VW’s booming announcement that a Golf R model would be coming down the pipeline soon, US fans of Das Auto have waited patiently – toes tapping all the while. But before the Golf R has even hit US showrooms, VW has seen fit to release another race-inspired prototype cast from an altogether different mold. During the vehicle’s initial debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Beetle R landed in US headlines with an appropriate level of enthusiasm and jealousy. We wanted the seemingly more virile Beetle R, and we wanted it first.

The LA Auto Show may not be the first Beetle R showing, but at least we finally get a close-up.

Since the vehicle’s initial concept launch, Volkswagen has kept hush about model specs like price and power. What we can speculate, though, is that this latest performance Beetle must at least out-do the Beetle Turbo, which makes a substantive 200 horsepower.

Exterior changes include 20 inch aluminum-alloy wheels, R-themed brake calipers, three intakes, a front spoiler, a wider stance, and – most notably – two sets of dual exhaust pipes. On the inside, VW has opted for an uber-aggressive update, featuring embossed R logos, macho bucket seats with nubuck leather inserts, and an upgraded instrument cluster (including a brushed aluminum gas pedal).

Taking everything into account, so far VW has not indicated any upgrades to the engine other than increased air flow derived from extra intakes and two sets of dual exhaust pipes. So, generally speaking, the Beetle R might not be able to blow the current edition Beetle Turbo out of the water. However aesthetics, braking and handling for the Beetle R get a pretty significant bump.

From the start, VW has made it a priority to capture a wider male audience with the latest Beetle. If the concept Beetle shown at Frankfurt or LA comes close to the company’s final product, then VW may just succeed in that goal. The Beetle R appears strong, confident, and authoritative – especially the interior. What’s more, future buyers hopefully won’t have to be embarrassed by those cheerful colors of the past like Sundown Orange, Cyber Green, or Sunflower Yellow. Instead, the company has opted to show the Beetle R in the City of Angles in the more austere, Serious Gray.

For more info, check out KBB’s Beetle R video from the showroom floor:

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dwalter | 1:14PM (Thu, Nov 17, 2011)

yeah, I'd drive that Beetle


Stephy21 | 9:47AM (Fri, Nov 18, 2011)

The new beetle is awesome i love it, i want one.

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