360° Video of Volkswagen Beetle R Concept on Frankfurt Auto Show IAA 2011

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The high-power Beetle R. While it’s been slapped with the “concept” descriptor, most of what’s present will make its way to production.

We don’t yet know what resides under the hood, but this third member of the current Volkswagen R family is described as demonstrating “a performance potential similar to that of the Golf R and Scirocco R.” Those wee rockets house an uprated version of VW’s ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbo four making 270 hp (Golf) or 265 hp (Scirocco); expect a streetable Beetle R to use the same engine, and to pack a similar wallop.

The front and rear fascias are new (and wider by 1.2 inches), with the former dominated by three intakes—the center hole delivers air to the engine, while the outer inlets cool the brakes—and a splitter. At the back, exhaust vents shuttle air from under the car, while a diffuser, four chrome exhaust finishers, and a huge spoiler tell the world that the owner’s Bichon Frise wears a spiked collar. The hood now has functional vents to help keep underhood temperatures in check. The fenders have been puffed out by 0.6 inch, and they shelter 20-inch “Talladega”-style wheels, which are larger than but otherwise identical to those found on the other R models. Behind the rims sit blue-painted R brake calipers.

The rockers, front intakes, roof, side-mirror caps, door handles, and leading edge of the hatch are rendered in a glossy black. Reinforcing the overly dour reputation of the German people, the color applied to the rest of the exterior is called “Serious Grey.”

The Beetle R’s racing-inspired shell seats are cool but probably show-car pieces; the inset pads are upholstered in gray nubuck. Otherwise, the R-logoed seats are wrapped in black leather with blue stitching and piping. The shiny black stuff from outside makes an appearance inside, too, on the dash and around the shifter. The IP has been R-ified, with the tach moving to the center ring, where it belongs. Finally, the pedals get aluminum caps and the doorsill scuff plates get an R logo.

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