Volkswagen shows off Beetle with juice

Volkswagen featured a concept version of the new Beetle at Frankfurt that hints that a high-performance version of the model could be added to the range in the future.

The Beetle R is just a design study for now, and therefore Volkswagen has not released any official performance figures, but has pointed to the Golf R with its 266bhp and the 261bhp Scirocco R as indicators to the sort of power level that could be expected.In any case, this would be a large leap on from the 197bhp of the current most powerful Beetle, the 197bhp 2.0-litre TSI.

The biggest changes to the standard new Beetle are visual, with the R version riding on 20-inch versions of the alloy wheels used on the most powerful Golf and Scirocco models, although those rims are just 18- and 19-inches wide respectively.

It is painted in 'Serious Grey' and features a set of completely redesigned front and rear bumpers to set it apart from the sensible version of the Beetle. Both have been widened by 30mm, and the front one features three air intakes painted in black gloss. It also has ventilation slots on the right and left sides of the engine bonnet to regulate engine temperature.

The wings have also been widened by 15mm on either side, while the sills are painted in black gloss, as is the roof, the upper part of the bootlid, the door mirror housings and the door handles.

The interior has had a work over too, with black leather sports seats, aluminium pedals and a bespoke designed instrument cluster.
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