Volkswagen Beetle R confirmed for the US
Very little official information has been offered on the upcoming Volkswagen Beetle R but the folks at Car and Driver have received confirmation from VW higher-ups that the high performance hatchback is on its way to the United States. The Beetle R will likely be the follow the 2013 Beetle convertible, which is expected to hit the market in 2012 with the drop-top VW Bug will be powered by the same engine options as the hard top.
The Volkswagen Beetle R will likely benefit from the same high performance 2.0T turbocharged 4-cylinder found in the Golf R, which produces 270hp and 258lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, unlike the Golf R that features the 4Motion all wheel drive system, C&D also confirmed that the Beetle R will be strictly a front wheel drive car but hopefully the US will get the dual-clutch DSG transmission automatic transmission in addition to the manual gearbox.
Volkswagen designed the 2012 Beetle to offer more masculine appeal and in addition to the sharpened (and enlarged) exterior, a 270 horsepower powerplant mated to a precision dual-clutch gearbox would certainly appeal more to the younger male buyer looking for a “hot hatch” than the standard drivetrain offerings. When you consider that models like the Golf R receive interior and exterior upgrades to add to the sporty nature of the trimline, the Beetle R could see some aesthetic and aerodynamic changes to give the car a more aggressive look – while also enhancing the performance of the car.