The newest generation of the Volkswagen Beetle might not have hit our showrooms yet, but that hasn’t stopped its maker from planning additional future models.
The latest rumors are that a Beetle R version will bow at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September of this year, and this will feature the engine from the Golf R. That means it will have an output of nearly 270-hp from a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit. The current engines available in the Beetle include the 2.5-liter five-cylinder motor producing 170-hp and the 2.0-liter turbo, four-cylinder that produces 200-hp.
The Beetle R would thus be a step above the Turbo model, and would be priced at nearly $30,000. Despite taking a lot of technical bits from the Golf R, it won’t be using its all-wheel drive unit.
If the demand is there, VW might even consider doing a convertible version of the Beetle R, but that only time will tell.
This is not the first time a hot Beetle has been offered, back in 2001 VW had launched the Beetle RSi, which featured a VR6 motor, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive. Only 250 examples were built, but sadly none were offered in the United States.
Let’s hope this time around, we do get our hands on this latest fast Beetle.
[Source: Car and Driver]