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 |  Jul 19 2012, 1:02 PM

We’ve known for quite some time now that the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible will debut at this year’s LA Auto Show, and the automaker has also revealed that it would launch with retro special edition models.

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 |  May 25 2012, 9:45 AM

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is scheduled to be revealed at the LA Auto Show this year and the German automaker will kick off its launch with at least three special edition variants.

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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]