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 |  Oct 02 2013, 2:46 PM

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Volkswagen has begun development on its wildest bug ever: the Beetle R. 

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 |  Sep 12 2012, 10:33 AM

Based on the top of the line Beetle Sport model, Volkswagen now offers the R-Line appearance package, which kicks up the small cars style both inside and out. 

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 |  Apr 19 2011, 6:19 AM

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Now that Volkswagen has unveiled the upcoming 2012 Beetle to the general public, it’s exciting to hear that the German automaker will also be bringing a Beetle R version, as well as a Beetle convertible to America. The convertible version will be available next year while Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed when the Beetle R will arrive.

The safe assumption for the Beetle R’s powerplant will be the 2.0L turbocharged unit from the Golf R, though it’s not confirmed. VW did express that the Beetle R will remain a front-wheel-drive application, but it’s nice to know those who yearn for a Beetle with slightly more power output than the 200-hp 2.0 TSI will have a viable option in the future.

GALLERY: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

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[Source: Car and Driver]