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]