Following its unveiling in Frankfurt earlier this year, Volkswagen Beetle R Concept has made its American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The US was the biggest market for the previous New Beetle, and that’s likely to remain the same with the new Beetle.
Volkswagen Beetle R Concept adds the kind of muscled enhancements of the latest Beetle. The front and rear bumpers are completely redesigned and now 30 mm wider than standard. Three chunky air intakes in a black high-gloss finish dominate the front; the central one to provide air to the radiator, and the side two to aid cooling of the brakes. Additional engine cooling is provided by vents on either side of the top of the bonnet.
The Beetle R Concept is also 15 mm wider on its rear wings than the standard, helping to flow wider rear bumper, which houses a quartet of exhaust pipes – two either side. Above this sits a large spoiler with a gloss black finish on top and body-coloured finish beneath.
Along the sides flashes of gloss black give the Beetle R a distinctive look: it can be found on the door mirror caps, the door handles, the 15 mm wider side sills and also on the roof.
The wheels are five-spoke Talladega alloys, which will be familiar to drivers of the Golf R or Scirocco R, though in this instance they measure 20 inches in diameter. Behind these sit blue-painted brake callipers.
Powering the Beetle R Concept is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit providing 270 PS and 265 PS respectively.
In the interior, both driver and front passenger are held snugly in hard-shell racing seats covered in black Nappa leather offset by grippy grey nubuck panels. The seat seams and piping are in Volkswagen R’s trademark blue colour, while the dashboard is accented with high gloss black. The instrument panel highlights the Beetle R’s sporting intent.