• Jun 12, 2011
For all those who look at a Porsche 911 and see a gussied-up Volkswagen Beetle, wait'll you get a load of this.

The Volkswagen gurus at enthusiast website VWvortex were given early access to the new 2012 Beetle, and this is what they came up with: a visual makeover of the new bug that draws its inspiration from the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, complete with bright orange 20-inch alloys on low-profile Continental rubber and a matching stripe with the words Beetle RS carved out, just like on the Porsche. The look is further enhanced by blacked-out chrome and badges coated in a 3M brushed-titanium wrap.

Behind those wheels are 14" brake discs from Brembo, but that's about the extent of the mechanical upgrades for the moment. VWvortex is apparently waiting for the car to actually hit the production line before it starts tweaking the engine, after which it plans extensive mods such as a turbocharger upgrade, new exhaust and even a locking diff, along with a GT3 RS-style rear wing to cap it all off. We'll be keeping an eye on the project, but for a closer look, head on over to VWvortex.com.


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      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome!
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome!
      lojkyelo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Suddenly what Clarkson has been saying all along makes perfect sense.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      zmatt
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always say that dubbers are the ricers of the German car scene and i think this is ample proof. They take a thoroughly boring car and try to make it look like a real performance car. I'm sorry, but a beetle will never be a GT3RS.
        Brad Klodowski
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zmatt
        Why is this man being downvoted? He speaks pure truth... this is completely pointless. You can make a Beetle look like anything you want, but unless you put a Porsche engine and a Porsche suspension in it, IT'S STILL JUST A BEETLE.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Brad Klodowski
          It's not supposed to be a Porsche. It's supposed to be an exciting Beetle, and Cooper S 500 Abarth competitor. I hope VW does something similar. It needs to.
      Peter T
      • 3 Years Ago
      doesn't contain Porsche GT3 RS engine nor does it perform like one. not interested.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is a great looking car. This the beetle for the men.
      Davis Levon
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is based off the same platform as the Audi TT correct? If so then put that 300+ hp 2.5 turbo in it and add AWD too.
        zamafir
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Davis Levon
        i'm amused you're downrated considering a) it'll fit, b) it'll most certainly be in the next generation golf r , c) it'd be a highly desirable iteration, d) people are already discussing the possibility
        evilzibob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Davis Levon
        Can someone explain "platform" to me? I mean, how can 2 cars have the same "platform" the chassis and body aren't independent of one another. The chassis and body are one.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @evilzibob
          There's still a chassis, it just doesn't carry all the weight of the car. Two cars can be built on the same platform, they just have to be similar in some ways so that the loads can be carried.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        I can get on board with that, but an awd option would be nice too. More importantly, let's hope the performance variant(s) are more often than not 6sp m/t, and not automatics. Otherwise, such a car is practically pointless.
          badgeless
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          deff agree here bro, i understand the flappy paddles are quicker and all but its not like we're all f1 drivers and will actuall need that .00 whatever it is now millisecond gear shift, i am glad that porsche refuses to let go of the manual, that mentality needs to trickle into the rest of the VAG umbrella as well... hell for that matter every manufacture. even companies like ferrari, i have had the privilage of driving a 308 and a 360. sure the 360 was faster(shifting wise) but especially with a gate shifter, there is just something about rowing your own gears
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          I don't think it takes a consumer base full of f1 drivers to justify most performance oriented Beetles being 6spds. The Mini Cooper and Golf GTI alone are proof of that. If VW wants to shed the Beetle's "girl car" image and broaden its appeal, they need to take it in a different direction, with the Cooper S in its sights. They need to rekindle a sense of enthusiasm for the Beetle that reaches beyond women and aging hipsters. Given VWs and the Beetles name recognition, restoring the image of the Beetle should not be hard to do. Styling alone will not accomplish this though.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the lower stance of the new Beetle. It looks less like a fish-bowl and more like a legit Mini-fighter, and can no longer be considered something that is exclusively for women and effeminate men. Way to go VW.
        badgeless
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LUSTSTANG S-197
        the stance you see here is on coils bro. but yea vw hit the new beetle on the head, looks nice and agressive
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LUSTSTANG S-197
        I was talking about the new Beetle in general there bro. Regardless of the coils on this particular car, you can't argue that the new Beetle has a lower, more aggressive stance than the bubble it replaces. It's funny how I complement the car and get down voted 4 times. I guess I offended 4 effeminate men in doing so. You gotta love "political correctness". LOL
          badgeless
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          i wasnt saying anything like that, the way you were talking i mistaked you for a newbie and who thought the car was built by vw that way, my bad bro
      sparrk
      • 3 Years Ago
      this looks great ! but VW messed it up , they have put the engine in the wrong place.
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