The Volkswagen Beetle, one of the oldest surviving nameplates in automotive history, has always had more female aficionados due to its inevitably-cute design. Yet, folks at Volkswagen seemingly have not given up trying to inject doses of masculinity into this cute-o-mobile, evident from the Beetle R Concept which debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The ‘R’ badge on the Beetle R signifies its rubber-burning intentions, aided by the same powertrain powering the Golf R and Scirocco R, though no official figures have been announced. Adding to the mean looks are the 20-inch “Talladega” alloy wheels, redesigned fascias with three air intakes – the center one for making the engine breathe more air and one on each side meant to cool the brakes, ventilation slots to keep the furious engine cool enough and a larger rear spoiler for better downforce on the rear axle. The interior houses sports seats clad in black Nappa leather with embossed “R” logo, ‘R-specific’ instrument cluster and upgraded door-sill plates with ‘R’ logos.
Judging by the pictures, the Beetle R Concept is not far away from production. And regardless of the numerous attempts to make it look serious and manly, it only looks cuter.
Posted: September 21st, 2011
at 4:33pm by The Editor
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