2011 Volkswagen Beetle R Concept
(from Volkswagen Press Release) LA Auto Show – USA Premiere of the Beetle R Concept
Wolfsburg / Los Angeles, 16 November 2011 - At Volkswagen, the letter ‘R’ as an added identifier promises top-notch performance. Currently, this claim is being validated with turbo pressure by the Golf R with 199 kW / 270 PS of power and the Scirocco R (currently only in Europe) with 195 kW / 265 PS. In a USA premiere in Los Angeles, Volkswagen is now showing a third variation of this sporty theme: the Beetle R Concept. It is based on the 21st Century Beetle. Like its two larger siblings, the Golf R and Scirocco R, the R version of the Beetle was also created in the halls of Volkswagen subsidiary Volkswagen R GmbH. The Beetle R Concept is still a design study. Those who are familiar with the Beetle 2.0 TSI (147 kW / 200 PS) know the dynamic potential of this new car. As an ‘R’, the Beetle could demonstrate a performance potential similar to that of the Golf R and Scirocco R.
Exterior with 20-inch wheels
Visually, the Beetle R Concept, painted in ‘Serious Grey’, offers a glimpse of what a production version might look like. Outside, the concept is equipped with 20-inch ‘Talladega’ alloy wheels – whose styling is like that of the Golf R and Scirocco R. However, 18- and 19-inch wheels are mounted on those cars. Easy to spot on the Beetle’s wheels, which feature 5 triple spokes, are the blue brake callipers in R design.
Newly sculpted bumpers are wider
redesigned the front and rear bumpers that were widened by 30 mm. In
front, the bumper module practically consists of 3 air intakes,
which are styled in contrasting ‘Black High Gloss’. The middle air
intake supplies the engine with oxygen, while the outer two
contribute to cooling the brakes. The front spoiler, also painted in
‘Black High Gloss’, is designed as a flat splitter (with a chrome
strip); splitters of this kind are typically used in motorsport. To
regulate engine temperature within an optimal range, even under
extreme conditions, ventilation slots are found on the right and
left sides of the engine bonnet.
Interior with Nappa leather sport seat system
As is usual on R models,
the interior also makes a customised and sporty impression. In the
front, the driver and passenger sit in motorsport shell seats with
what are referred to as Ergopads made of gray nubuck leather. The
seats are upholstered in black Nappa leather. Embossed on the seats
is the R logo. The seat seams and piping are in the colour ‘Space