Volkswagen’s collection of Up! concepts are holding up the eco-minded end of the carmaker’s Frankfurt stand this week, but it’s the Beetle R Concept that has captured the most attention.
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. The hood now has functional vents to help keep underhood temperatures in check.
At the back of the car there are four chrome exhaust finishers, and a huge spoiler tell the world that this is the most powerful Beetle.
Impossible to miss were the large five-spoke 20-inch alloys, a first on an ‘R’ car.
At the interior the Beetle R Concept, is a mix of Beetle and typical R appointments. Seats are black leather buckets embossed with the R logo and finished off with blue piping. The dash is accented with the same high-gloss black trim found on the outside of the car, while the instrument cluster has been reworked for a sportier look.
While VW didn’t release any hard specs, the German automaker has said the car could use a similar engine to that found under the hood of the Golf R and Scirocco R, which makes 266-hp and 261-hp respectively.