Volkswagen Beetle R Mooted

A hot Volkswagen Beetle R could be presented to the world as soon as the Frankfurt motor show this September, according to US mag Car & Driver.

Apparently, the Beetle R will get front-wheel drive, much like the Scirocco R. It is expected to be a little down on power compared with the Scirocco R, however, with a 237bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pot playing the Scirocco's 261bhp.

That is, however, a significant jump over the 197bhp 2.0 TFSI motor in the Beetle Turbo, which is the fastest Beetle motor for now (and features in the US-only Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo Launch Edition that you see in the picture).

C&D also surmises that a convertible Beetle R is a possibility, but points out that VW is as yet unsure whether or not there is a market for a car of this sort...

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  • MrScrot 16 Jun 2011

    Cool! Half price 911!

  • ChiChoAndy 16 Jun 2011

    Awww... Why didn;t they RWD it, as a special one off fun machine... Damn them to hell!

  • traffman 16 Jun 2011

    Is that the new 911?

  • Johnboy Mac 16 Jun 2011

    Riggers, having a slack day?

  • nadirv8 16 Jun 2011

    MrScrot said:
    Cool! Half price 911!
    ...looks like a chubby 911, or should that be a porky 911. Maybe better calling it a VW Porker

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