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The 2016 VW Beetle Dune & 2016 VW Beetle Denim are Funktastic!

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On: Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 2:21PM | By: Teddy Field

The 2016 VW Beetle Dune & 2016 VW Beetle Denim are Funktastic!

In 60s & 70s, the Volkswagen Bug was like a cheap automotive canvas. People could take their cheap little runabout, and turn it into a groovy flower-mobile, an off-road dune hopper, or a slick mini hotrod. The cultural impact of the Beetle isn't lost on VW, and they're launching two special edition Beetles to pay homage to the legendary Baja Bug and Jeans Beetle. So get ready to feel the Funk...

2016 VW Beetle Dune
Back in the day, a 'Baja Bug' was a jacked-up Beetle that was specially outfitted to ride the trails or the sand dunes. They typically rode on beefy all-terrain tires, and had lots of outboard lighting and wild paint jobs. The 2016 VW Beetle Dune is designed to capture that same go-anywhere vibe, with an elevated suspension (0.4 inch) and black wheel arch extensions. The front and rear tracks were also widened by 0.6 inches to accomodate the wide 18-inch Canyon wheels, which are wrapped in big-tread tires. Further exterior modifications include unique front and rear fascias, with aluminum-look skid plates. Aluminum side sill extensions are meant to resemble the running boards on the original Beetle. And the whole ruggedized look is completed with aluminum-look side mirror caps, a big rear spoiler, and 'Dune' graphics down the side.

The inside of the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune features sport bucket seats with orange contrast stitching, and loads of standard equipment. Sandstorm Yellow cars will have body-colored dash and door trim, while Pure White and Deep Black Pearl cars get black trim. Power for both the coupe and convertible will be supplied by the 170hp 1.8L turbo-4. VW says the Beetle Dune will be a serial production trim level, with the coupe becoming available in Q1 2016, and the droptop following in Q3.

2016 VW Beetle Denim
In 1974, Volkswagen offered a special edition called the Beetle Jeans. This groovy little Bug was fitted with denim seat covers and door panels, black exterior trim, special wheels, and a 'Jeans' decal kit. The limited-run 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim pays tribute to the Bell Bottom Beetle with a textured denim-like convertible roof, a blue/silver dash treatment, and denim-esque seat upholstery with red 'Beetle' tabs, and seatback pockets that have red/white 'pocket' stitching and metal rivets.

Besides the cool top, the outside features 17-inch Heritage wheels, and a choice of either Stonewashed Blue or Pure White. Only 2,000 copies of the 2016 VW Beetle Denim will be produced, and those will be divided evenly between the two colors.

These far out Beetles clearly know how to get down. So boogie on down to your Volkswagen dealer today... man/chick/brother!

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