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

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

  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle interior
  • 2012 Volkswagen Beetle interior

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

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Volkswagen has been positioning its forthcoming 2012 Beetle as more masculine and more of a driver's car, and while we've yet to get the chance to drive one, we continue to hear promising rumors emanating from both within and beyond Wolfsburg about the reimagined icon's newfound athleticism.

If the sort of dynamic goodness has been baked-in that we've been lead to believe, we're right for getting even more excited about a promised R variation. Car and Driver is reporting that the higher-performance Beetle will bow at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and predictably enough, it will arrive with an uprated version of the 2.0-liter turbo already slung in between the Beetle Turbo's bulbous fenders. In that model, the force-fed four produces 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, but the R is expected to offer significantly more chutzpah. How much more? We can't be sure, but the pending Golf R, which uses the same engine, generates 270 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque overseas (it's also due in the U.S. shortly). C/D thinks that the Beetle R won't receive the Golf's all-wheel-drive system for cost reasons, however, so we'd expect a decrease in power in order to avoid excessive torque steer.

According to the story, there's word that VW is considering building a Beetle R Cabriolet, as well. We'd normally be skeptical of the chances for such a specialized model to ever see the States, but VW has already confirmed that it will sell a TDI diesel-powered Beetle convertible in North America, so at this point, we're not going to rule anything out.


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      Compliance
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't believe I'm starting to warm up to this thing.
        Jay
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Compliance
        My thoughts exactly. And with those wheels... I don't know how it works, but it just does. It looks classy... like a stretched, sleeker and more muscular Fiat 500 from the side and a classic Beetle from the front. I want to hate it more than anything in this world, but I just can't. It's brilliant.
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      My wife want's to trade in her year old Forte coupe for this....i'm thinking it's a good idea.
      rbmako69
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a '03 Beetle Turbo S, and I loved it. I am really digging the new look of this thing, and since I cannot afford a 911, why not get a car that looks similar? BTW it was quicker than the GTI. Now all I need to hear is that VW is going to make and import the Beetle RS.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL german ricers
      Codeman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would any male VW fan want this over a Scirocco, Golf GTI/R, or Polo GTI?
        zamafir
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Codeman
        Go sit in one, or stand next to one in person. I'd take a beetle with golf r bits over the golf r, the interior is loads better very mini tt and the exterior is a vast improvement, and, crucially, they'd be secure about themselves - to which your question speaks volumes
          Codeman
          • 3 Years Ago
          @zamafir
          I'm sure the build quality is great, but I think the design of this car is still very feminine. In particular, the round headlights, the round roof-line, and the round, protruded wheel arches make it look girly.
        Tippy Dobbs
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Codeman
        I completely agree. Yes, this Beetle certainly looks much more masculine than its predecessor, but it still looks pretty goofy sitting next to a Golf R or Scirocco R.
          zamafir
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tippy Dobbs
          In what way specifically? Having seen both sitting next to each other in the paddock and on the track i'm still trying to understand where you're coming from. The proportions are significantly better than the Golf R, making the R look narrow and tall in comparison. Just curious what your initial reaction to seeing them out in the real world was to come up with this opinion.
      Alan Ko
      • 3 Years Ago
      There already has been a muscular, masculine Beetle for more than 50 years: It's called Porsche.
      zamafir
      • 3 Years Ago
      "C/D thinks that the Beetle R won't receive the Golf's all-wheel-drive system for cost reasons" Or they could just touch base with VW and learn it's being actively considered as a possibility...
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mazda sees it perfectly fine to have 270hp in a FWD car, and if you've ever driven one you'd have to agree. Torque steer only matters for a few seconds on takeoff, and it's not enough reason to give up power just to try to avoid it. If the new Beetle were RWD I MIGHT consider it, but I doubt it would happen either way. I am all for VW coming out with a hot Beetle, because it will fuel development for other (better looking) cars from other manufacturers.
        oRenj9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Mazda also put an LSD in their Speed3. If VW decides to cut costs - which they like to do - and forgo one, then driving this thing will be an exercise in one-wheel-peel frustrations. However, adding an LSD will make the GTI (maybe even the Golf R) look bad from a performance perspective. Here's to hoping VW actively targets the Speed3 as a performance benchmark to exceed. It is such a great car to drive.
      Atlanta VW
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new Beetle is already making huge waves, but increasing the engine power is going to make this car even more attractive to the "guy" market. Smart move, but sooner is better getting it to market.
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