Volkswagen Beetle R confirmed for the US

Yesterday, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle was unveiled leading into the Shanghai and New York auto shows and shortly after, the news broke that the high performance Beetle R will hit US shores.

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.

Pages

Share on Facebook submit to reddit Share on Google+

Sign-up to our email newsletter for daily perspectives on car design, trends, events and news, not found elsewhere.

Comments

I have owned 2 bugs (1962 in Europe, 1970 in US) 2 square backs in Europe, 3 van/campers and quit buying VW when they put the engine in the front!! BRING BACK THE REAR ENGINE VW!!!!!

Pages