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VW Wants You To Tear The Great Outdoors A New One In The Dune Beetle

The production Dune Beetle is finally out and about.

Volkswagen has given its Beetle a shot in the arm with the Dune. The Baja-inspired Bug has been talked about for some time now and the automaker used the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show to debut the production version. The Dune pays tribute to the tons of off-road custom Bugs you’ve seen driving around on massive tires and sporting exposed engines. Yeah, those Beetles. Volkswagen’s version isn’t so crazy but it does look kind of fun, at least more fun than the current Bug.

As we said the Dune looks fun, and that’s because it’s taller (by 0.4 inches) and wider (by 0.6 inches). There are also a bunch of new exterior bits. There’s a new front end complete with a wide air intake that falls into a skid plate and a set of honeycomb vents housing fog lights. There’s a beefy new spoiler in back along with a new bumper. The Dune sits on 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in 235/45 all-season tires. Powering the Dune is a 1.8-liter direct-inject turbo-four good for 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. VW says there's a six-speed automatic but these press photos show a stick. The coupe will be released early 2016 and the convertible hits dealer lots later in the year. Pricing has not yet been revealed.

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