VW says it’s meant to show “the potential for an ever sportier version of the Beetle” and that the turbocharged 2.0-liter of the Beetle Turbo “could offer even more performance, similar to that of the Golf R and Scirocco R”. Although VW did not mention what is under the hood, we can expect the 2.0 liter TFSI lump to pump out an extra 60 to70 hp as compared to the standard Beetle Turbo, as evidenced by the R GmbH-fettled Golf and Scirocco.
To differentiate the car from the regular Beetle, the Beetle R concept gets 30 mm wider front bumper along with beefier wheel arches widened by 15 mm to make room for the 20-inch “Talladega” five-spoke alloys and bigger brakes with blue “R” calipers. The Porsche-inspired rear wing, diffuser and four tail pipes complete the makeover. On the inside there are bucket sport seats trimmed in Nappa-leather, glossy black accents on the dashboard, redesigned instruments and aluminum pedals.
When the concept was first displayed in September at Frankfurt, it was widely believed that VW was gauging reactions for a production version.