New spy shots reveal Volkswagen is preparing a high-performance variant of the Beetle.
Having debuted in concept guise at the 2011 LA Auto Show, the hardcore VW Beetle R has finally been spied in prototype form as the German carmaker readies the car for release in 2014. Wider, more aggressive styling characterized the concept, and while the test mule appears to be wearing the R-Line package, there's little doubt the production model will be rolled out with a more menacing facade including a more sporty set of tailpipes.
VW was unable to hide the big brakes housed in the 18-inch alloys borrowed from the previous-gen Golf R, however, our spy photographer claims the prototype delivered a deeper, sportier sound than a stock bug. The new Golf R's 300-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four is expected to power the Beetle R, which will also be offered in four-wheel drive.