2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Frankfurt 2011: Volkswagen Beetle Type R Concept

Volkswagen reveals a high-performance concept of the completely redesigned new generation Beetle.

For anyone who thought the all-new Volkswagen Beetle can't be a sports car, the German automaker is out to prove you wrong. The Beetle Type R concept, just unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, has VW's much-admired 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder under the hood and is mated to a six-speed DSG automatic. Official output wasn't revealed, but it should easily be around 230-245hp.

While it may not be as powerful as the Golf R and the Scirocco R, this Beetle would undoubtedly be a fun ride if it were to make production. The exterior is painted in what VW calls "Serious Grey" and is equipped with 20-inch "Talladega" alloy wheels (the same ones used for the Golf R and Scirocco R). There are five triple spokes and blue brake calipers. Designers have also redesigned the front and rear bumpers and have widened them by 30 mm. The front bumper has three air intakes, with the middle intake supplying the engine with oxygen, while the other two cool the brakes.

There's also a front spoiler that's been designed as a flat splitter. The rear bumper features air exhaust integrated vents and there's also a diffuser in the lower bumper area. You can also see that the rear spoiler is larger than what's available in the production model. Those rear bumpers have also been widened by 15 mm on each side. The interior features front passenger motorsport shell seats made of gray nubuck leather and are upholstered in black Nappa leather with the R logo embossed on them. Other enhancements include a tachometer that's in the middle of the console, brushed aluminum pedals, and unique seats and floor mats.

Will VW be bold enough to put the Beetle Type R into production? That all depends on public reaction and from readers like you, but we here would love to see it one day in dealerships.

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