• Aug 19th 2006 at 2:59PM
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The Concept Lawn in front of the Lodge at Pebble Beach will feature a number of concept cars and design studies this weekend, including Volkswagen's Eos Highway 1.

A creation of VW's California Design Center (the folks who brought you the late, lamented GX3 concept car. Sigh.), the Highway 1 design concept is intended to highlight the Eos' dual identity as a top-down cruiser and a performance coupe.

With the standard Eos already filling the bill pretty well in the cruising category, the changes in the concept version focus on the interior, with special leather upholstery and piano black lacquer trim.

On the performance side, the Eos needed more work, and the Highway 1 version gets a lower, stiffer coilover suspension upgrade from H&R, and 20x8 inch Mille Miglia wheels wrapped in 245/30 tires. Performance visuals include a small trunk lid spoiler and a flat-bottom sport steering wheel.

The Eos Highway 1 also showcases the 3.2-liter, 250 hp V6/six-speed DSG Tiptronic transmission package, which will appear in the standard Eos 3.2L production car in the U.S. in early October with a price tag of $36,850.

More pics of the design concept in its Highway 1 habitat after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sporty with an elegance touch. it is a niche car.. i like.
      • 9 Years Ago
      36k for a FWD VW? honestly, if they priced that thing at 30k i might be interested. DSG's sublime and the lure of a hardtop 4 place convertible is hard to deny. But at a price HIGHER than my 2006 330i (leather, xenons, 6 speed, sport package and a few other options), i find it impopossible to trade a great handling car for middling VW handling and FWD.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Screw VW and their reckless drivers for almost running us off the road the other day while test driving one of their concepts of these (So Cal, 15 S just past Fallbrook).

      • 9 Years Ago
      Has anyone driven one of these yet? Any reviews?
      Michelle Carroll
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not only have I drove the VW EOS, I am the first person in Brevard County to own and drive my EOS. This is an absolutely beautiful car top up or top down and it handles better than anything I have drove.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Guys !!!
      Over here the 3.2L is an AWD only Option
      Ill be pretty suprised if its not the same over there
      • 9 Years Ago
      What's with the high beltline and tall butt? It looks like a sedan with the top chopped off.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why don't they just come like this stock? It looks almost as good as athe C70 like this.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The VW Eos is a great looking car, I think that this car will be a tough match for any car in this category.

      The pictures above do it justice!! The interior looks fantastic as well and the outside.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "would be that the tires are a bit much for it"

      sorry, typing fast. I meant "wheels"
      • 9 Years Ago
      What a beautiful car. My only negative comment would be that the tires are a bit much for it. The interior is absolutely stunning to me anyway, although I can see how this wouldn't appeal as a mainstream choice. Tis a shame. Volkswagon is really encroaching on Audi territory with this one.