• Apr 18th 2011 at 6:20PM
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The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is fresh off its global unveiling earlier today, and the good-looking hatch appears to be dead serious about appealing to the masses. Volkswagen will offer the Beetle with diesel and petrol powerplants and a convertible is expected to arrive for the 2013 model year.

Good stuff, but what about red-blooded enthusiasts? The German automaker could have simply pointed out the availability of the 2.0T model as the driver's Beetle, but Team VW apparently has bigger and hopefully better plans. Car and Driver is reporting that VW has officially announced that a high-performance Beetle R will be available for U.S. consumption. C/D points out that the last Beetle also came in a hi-po RSi variant, though the hatchback was a Euro-only affair and it was a complete bust.

We're more hopeful for the Beetle R, if only because the Beetle is more attractive and far more masculine in appearance than its predecessor. It could help, too, if VW offers the high-output 2.0T as the powertrain of choice. Under the hood of the Golf R, the boosted powerplant cranks out 265 horsepower, which should be more than enough motivation to make the Beetle R feel like a hot hatch star.


2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior in white
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior in white
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior in white

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior from side in white
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior from side in white

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior from rear in white
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior from rear in white

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior in white
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior in white

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior from rear in white
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior from rear in white

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior in white
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior in white

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior from rear in white
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle exterior from rear in white

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in red, exterior
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in red, exterior

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in red, exterior in motion
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in red, exterior in motion

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in red, rear exterior in motion
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in red, rear exterior in motion

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in red
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in red

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in red from rear
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle in red from rear

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle interior
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle interior

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  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle interior seating

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle interior
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle interior

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle interior seating
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle interior seating


[Source: Car and Driver]


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      Turbo_S60
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cant believe Im saying this but I like it! The current new beetle is way to feminine this is at least cool along lines of a Mini Cooper. Id still wait for the R version
      ElvisOnVelvet
      • 4 Years Ago
      cool now VW just offer us the Scirocco too
      Phontsolo
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know. I really don't dislike it...
        hokieflea
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Phontsolo
        im right there with you...the last one i was ok with saying 'girly crap' bu tthis one....eh i wouldnt mind stealing it from my girlfriend for a drive...
        6MT
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Phontsolo
        Here's a closeup of the rear lights.. http://www.industryleadersmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/vw_black_beetle_rear.jpg
      subierider
      • 4 Years Ago
      RWD? AWD? I really like the new Beetle. But it's hard to move away from Toyobaru excitement...
        You guy
        • 4 Years Ago
        @subierider
        As a current Impreza owner, I'm not terribly excited about sharing parts in future purchases with Toyota Dangerous Manufacturing and Recalls.
          subierider
          • 4 Years Ago
          @You guy
          I have a very mixed feeling about your reply. My first personal car was 2001 WRX wagon. Although I loved that car... It had a very bad transmission... Which Subaru never dealt with... I got into car crash in 2002 that totalled my Subie... One thing I really miss from that car is the feeling of the boxer engine. How the car shakes when you first turn the engine on... the low grunt it spewed out... I've been falling in love with RWD lately. So the news about Toyobaru marrying the boxer with RWD platform was a music to my ear... I understand the brand loyal sentiment. But I think some changes are good sometimes... Oh, I also think Toyota's recall situation was blown out of proportion.
      MM
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, I have never wanted a Beetle, but I can picture that black on black with Nav, a panoramic roof, and blacked out windows. I think it would resemble an Audi TT somewhat. I will save my opinion till I see one in person. And with all of those things, just wonder if the price could get close to 30K, cause I know when you start adding stuff to the GTI the price starts to climb pretty quick.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      artandcolour2010
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it's going to be one helluva car. this is definitely going to be a future collectible. I'm gonna chop a hot 4-door coupe version, totally inappropriate, but I think this design can take it.
      tributetodrive
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahh beetle you will always be a little hippy girls car to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tributetodrive
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      Rob Gomes
      • 4 Years Ago
      Q: What's the only thing worse than getting smoked by a sleeper? A: Getting smoked by an adorable sleeper. Miatas with an LS6/T56/CTS-V rear-end also work, but ticking off people in a Beetle has its appeal.
      stagetech
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, am I the only one asking where the hell the "economy" portion of the VW Beetle went? When they re-designed it for the 21st century, this sure as hell wasn't an affordable college kid car like the old one. Hopefully they can keep the base price around 14k-ish, and hopefully they give us an option for the 1.2 liter gas or the TDI for those of us who actually want a car that is good on fuel. I like a speedy car, but if I want a hot hatch, I'll buy a Golf.
        psy-q
        • 4 Years Ago
        @stagetech
        get out of this site
          psy-q
          • 4 Years Ago
          @psy-q
          Jk.Jk. I understand your point of view and I am sure VW will offer a TDi beetle, maybe even a hybrid. But everyone including me seems to be more excited about the turbo beetle. Thnx.
        bobmarley
        • 4 Years Ago
        @stagetech
        VW already made the jetta the "economy"/affordable option with its cheaper...everything. I would love a rear engined rwd beatle thats light as hell and cheap cheap cheap but thats not going to happen
      sparrk
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'm all for a performance Beetle, but it needs to have the engine in the back , where it belongs. basically a mini 911.
      Codeman
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stills looks way too girly for my taste. I'd take the VW Polo instead.
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