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Volkswagen previews the Volkswagen Beetle R concept: Aggressive enough for you?

By Rigval on 19 Sep 2011

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Volkswagen has previewed the Volkswagen Beetle R concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. What this concept car shows is basically the Full Monty of Volkswagen Beetles if they put it into production. It shows off a redesigned and more aggressive bodykit, a bonnet with vents on it, a rear diffuser with quad-tailpipes and 20 inch wheel combo for the exterior. It also shows off a more luxuriously trimmed interior featuring nappa leather wrapped sports seats, a revised aluminium meter cluster, aluminium pedals and other unique to the Beetle R trim.

As for what sits in the engine bay, we do not know as yet as Volkswagen has only hinted that it may have the same power output as the 266hp Volkswagen Golf R. So the question that begs asking is this: Do all the mods make the Volkswagen Beetle R a more macho car? One that motorheads, petrolheads and gearheads would drool over, go weak in the knees or feel that driving one is better than sex or one still destined like its less brutal looking siblings and be the favourite of hairdressers or crossdressers alike?

I think the Volkswagen Beetle R is still for the latter group of people. You know why? If you really took a long look at the new, slightly lower, wider Beetle you could see that it looks like a slightly taller Porsche 911 (930 series) from the 1970s -1980s. What the bodykit needs to ape a little more is the whale tail of the 930 911 Turbo. The front already has modern day Porsche aping looks, why not add a retro but totally outrageous touch like that Porsche whale tail? And while they're at it, add wider rear arches so that the car goes truly aggressive. I can vouch that there will be people who would love a Beetle with some early Porsche DNA built into them. Retro may work well with the Beetle R.

What the Volkswagen Beetle R concept to me is something still incomplete. It looks quite aggressive, but not gut wrenching aggressive enough.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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ER-3682 Sep 19 2011 07:33 PM
"Cheap Porsche 911".
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