Volkswagen Beetle R Concept
New VW Beetle
17th July, 2011
New Volkswagen Beetle
20th April, 2011
16th September, 2011
The Beetle as a sports car:
- World debut of the design study Beetle R Concept
- Beetle R Concept has customised front and rear sections and 20-inch wheels
- Sport seat system of Beetle R Concept is upholstered in luxurious Nappa leather
At Volkswagen, the letter “R” as an added identifier promises top-notch performance. Currently, this claim is
being validated with turbo pressure by the Golf R (199 kW/270 PS) and Scirocco R (195 kW/265 PS). In a world
debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), Volkswagen is now showing a third variation of this sporty theme:
the Beetle R Concept, which is more of a show car rather than a true concept car. It is based on the newly
released Beetle. Like the Golf R and Scirocco R, the R version of the Beetle was also made at Volkswagen
subsidiary Volkswagen R GmbH located near to Wolfsburg. The Beetle R Concept is still a design study. Those who
are familiar with the Beetle 2.0 TSI (147 kW/200 PS) know the dynamic potential of this new car. As an “R”, the
Beetle could demonstrate a performance potential similar to that of the Golf R and Scirocco R.
Exterior with 20-inch wheels
Visually, the Volkswagen Beetle R Concept, painted in “Serious Grey”, offers a glimpse of what a production
version might look like. Outside, the concept is equipped with 20-inch “Talladega” alloy wheels – the same design
used on the Golf R and Scirocco R. However, 18- and 19-inch wheels are mounted on those cars. Easy to spot on the
Beetle’s wheels, which feature 5 triple spokes, are the blue brake callipers in R design.
Suzuki Kizashi Sport AWD
Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
Newly sculpted bumpers are wider
Designers completely restyled the front and rear bumpers that were widened by 30 mm. In front, the bumper
module practically consists of 3 air intakes, which are styled in contrasting “Black High Gloss”. The middle air
intake supplies the engine with oxygen, while the outer two contribute to cooling the brakes. The front spoiler,
also painted in “Black High Gloss”, is designed as a flat splitter (with a chrome strip); splitters of this kind
are typically used in motor sport. To maintain temperature regulation of the engine within an optimal range, even
under extreme conditions, ventilation slots are found on the right and left sides of the engine bonnet.
The rear bumper also has air slots – air exhaust vents – that are integrated in the aerodynamic concept of the
Beetle R Concept. There is also a diffuser that is integrated in the lower bumper area. Together with the rear
spoiler – which is significantly larger than the production models with up to 200 PS in power – and its black
trailing edge, ideal down force values are attained at the rear axle. A visual and acoustic highlight is the
exhaust system with its 2 sets of dual chrome tailpipes.
On each side, the bumpers transition into the free-standing wings; they were also widened: 15 mm per side. The
side sills are styled in “Black High Gloss”; a high-end chrome trim strip is incorporated here. Also painted in
“Black High Gloss” is the roof, the upper part of the boot lid connecting to it, the door mirror housings and
Interior with Nappa leather sport seat system
As is usual on R models, the interior also makes a customised and sporty impression. In the front, the driver
and passenger sit in motor sport shell seats with what are referred to as Ergopads made of grey nubuck leather.
The seats are upholstered in black Nappa leather. Embossed on the seats is the R logo. The seat seams and piping
are in the colour “Space Blue”.
The contrast colour “Black High Gloss” is used in the interior, such as for dashboard accents and decorative
elements around the gear shift grip. Interior designers also styled the instruments to be R-specific. The central
instrument cluster (tachometer in the middle, in the style of a sports car) and the auxiliary instruments laid out
above the centre console are both modified here. The door sill plates are upgraded with the R logo. Meanwhile,
brushed aluminium is used for all pedal caps. Matching the seats with their blue piping are the fabric floor mats
with their blue-black double borders.