Volkswagen has unveiled yet another special edition vehicle, which it has dubbed the Beetle Remix. This model adds a color-coordinated interior, extended standard features, and some flashy rims. Its price will start from €20,250 ($26,300 at the current exchange rates) and customers will have the possibility to choose between four different engines. There are two gasoline powerplants available, including a 1.2-liter with 105 horsepower and a 1.4-liter with 160 horsepower. The two optional diesel engines, a 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter, produce 105 and 140 horsepower, respectively.
The Beetle Remix will feature high-gloss black or "Reflex Silver" paint on the side-view mirror caps and the exterior side stripes, which run along the base of the car and feature the words "Beetle" or "Bug," and will feature the same color. The dash pad, door panels, and the three-spoke steering wheel are all painted to match the exterior color, giving the interior a custom look.
As standard equipment, the model will offer a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip, cruise control, VW’s Park Pilot system, air conditioning, center armrest, and multimedia interface MEDIA-IN for the RCD 310 radio. The car will sit on a set of 17-inch Turbine alloy wheels.
The Beetle Remix is currently available in Germany and shows no signs of coming to the U.S.
The Volkswagen Beetle has always been a favorite choice for tuners from all around the world, a place it shares with cars like the Mustang and the Nissan Skyline. For people who weren’t fans of the cutesy, curvaceous ’97 Beetle, there were tuners to the rescue. Replacing the modest 1.8L engine with bigger, more powerful engines, more aggressive body parts, and custom paint jobs, these tuners were able to bring the best out of the Beetle that could impress any type of audience, unlike the stock example. In brief, the VW Beetle and the performance aftermarket are good acquaintances.
So, it’s no surprise that we witnessed a swarm of tuned Bugs attacking the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. From radical creations like the chopped-top custom bug to the 500-hp all-wheel-drive ’Super Beetle,’ these tuned bugs are ready to swarm the SEMA floor with pure awesomeness.
Click past to check out few examples that VW is showing-off at this year’s SEMA Auto Show.
Wow, VW hit SEMA really hard this year, especially with the Beetle. Pretty much every model of Beetle that was heading to SEMA – Rotiform Beetle, Beach-Battle Cruiser Beetle, and the Super Beetle – were all readily available with images, but the Chopped Beetle by Gaplin Auto Sports was not, for some reason.
Well, GAS has just released an image of this chop-top Beetle and some extra information. It is based on the 2013 VW Beetle Turbo, which means it features a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a 6-speed transmission. There’s no mention of any additions to the engine, so we assume that it remains bone stock.
On the outside, GAS doused it with an Onyx Black base coat and accented the sides with Candy Apple Red metal-flake paint, giving it an awesome look. GAS then took to the top of the Beetle, hacking 5.5 inches off of the A-pillar and 2.5 inches off of the B-pillar, giving it that classic chop-top look, while retaining the classic humped roofline.
Adding to its bespoke look, GAS deleted the rear windows and added in rear air scoops in their place. If you have seen rodded beetles that retain their rear-mounted engines, this is a very common modification to get a little more airflow to the engine. Given this is a front-mounted engine, it’s just there for show.
Adding to its style is a set of 20-inch, 3-piece Forgiattos handmade rims. GAS them topped off the outside by adding tint to the headlights and taillights, giving this already sinister- and vintage-looking Beetle a little more darkness.
On the inside, the vintage treatment continued, as GAS tossed in vintage-style black leather that features red accent stitching. The headliner is dyed to match the vintage cow hide on the rest of the interior. Wrapping the inside and outside together, GAS painted the interior trim panels and dashboard with the same Candy Apple Red metal flake that sets off the exterior. We are still awaiting images of the interior and we will get them to you ASAP.
Overall, we think this was well worth the delay in getting the images, we just wish it had a little something extra under the hood.
One of these models is called the Beetle "Beach Battle-Cruiser" by European Car Magazine. The surf-inspired Beetle has everything you need to make your day at the beach run as smoothly as possible. It comes with all the amenities for weekend runs in the sand, including a roof rack where you can place surfboards and other beach paraphernalia.
The California-looking Bug also gets a slew of exterior updates, including a unique body kit by FMS Automotive that has a deployable shower system. You read that right: this Beetle has its own shower. Moving into more salient upgrades, the Beetle Beach Battle-Cruiser also received a new set of 19" CustomFuchs Performance wheels wrapped in Continental Extreme Contact DW tires and a revamped interior with Katzkin leather seats featuring a midnight black color with matching military green suede inserts.
The Beetle Beach Battle-Cruiser also comes with a performance upgrade, which isn’t all that surprising considering the nature of the event it’s going to. Revo Technik took the lead in this front, adding its own turbocharger into the Beetle’s 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine. With the turbocharger, as well as the addition of a new intake and exhaust system, as well as the cursory software upgrade, the Beetle Beach Battle-Cruiser is now capable of producing a mouth-watering 400 horsepower.
It doesn’t wink at other cars - at least we don’t think so - nor does it scale up walls - this we’re pretty sure of - but if you’re interested in owning a Herbie-inspired Volkswagen Beetle, then this special edition Beetle is just the car for you.
It’s called the Beetle 53 Edition and if you’re familiar with the lovable Herbie Beetle, then you’ll recognize that the Beetle 53 Edition carries the exact same livery and graphics as that of Herbie itself.
Take a look and you’ll see the Beetle 53 Edition dressed in a Pearl White body color complete with Herbie’s distinctive red and blue stripes running down the length of the car. As an added bonus, the number "53" is prominently displayed on the hood of the car.
The Beetle 53 Edition is available on all engine trims of the Beetle except the Turbo model. If you’re looking to own a piece of the Beetle 53 Edition, you can choose to own the 1.2 TSI model for €22,090 ($28,500 at the current rates), the 1.6 TDI for €23,770 ($30,700 at the current rates), the 2.0 TDI for €26,150 ($33,800 at the current rates), and the 2.0 TDI 6-speed DSG for €27,980 ($36,100 at the current rates).
For their program, Rotiform decided to integrate the Beetle’s heritage and add a more modern look to it. The company accomplished this by combining custom touches from the past through today, beginning with the installation of an all-new rear axle to accommodate the similarly new air suspension system from AirLift.
Once they accomplished this, Rotiform fitted the Beetle with its very own set of new - and very red - concave wheels, which were then wrapped in Nitto performance tires. Moving on from the suspension and wheels upgrades, the Beetle was also treated to a matte gray aluminum vinyl wrap courtesy of 3M and a retooled interior that saw plenty of the vehicle’s standard factory pieces replaced with parts from other available trims.
The last order of business for Rotiform was to shave the engine bay to give the Beetle a much smoother look. In the end, the aftermarket company accomplished what it set out to do: build a classic-looking Beetle that carries modern touches.
The Volkswagen Beetle is one of those cars that people either love or hate. It has a style that not everyone can really grasp in a positive way, which is evident in the lack of tuning packages developed for the economy car during its history. That being said, the new Beetle is attempting to gain momentum with a slew of new tuning packages scouring the show floor of the 2012 SEMA Show. One of these packages comes from VWvortex and is being dubbed the ultimate Super Beetle.
At first glance, the suped up Beetle doesn’t appear to have any super powers. It features a matte Azure Blue Metallic vinyl film and sits on a new set of 19" fifteen52 three-piece Split Formula TR wheels. The interior was only provided with new Recaro Sportster CS seats, and that’s it.
Under the hood is when the super powers start to show themselves. The SuperBeetle was co-developed with performance specialist APR and is based on a 2013 Beetle Turbo. The car’s standard 2.0 TSI engine has been updated with an APR Stage IV GTX Turbocharger System that boosts the output from 200 to more than 500 HP! This setup is combined with a high-performance intercooler system, as well as a host of Stage IV components including, an ECU upgrade and a new APR RSC Turboback Exhaust System. In order to improve the car’s traction, the tuner also installed a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system from the limited-edition Golf R and an upgraded Haldex all-wheel drive race controller.
That kind of power deserves a more grounded look, so the car was lowered with an H&R Adjustable Coilover Suspension combined with Volkswagen Racing StreetSport+ Camber Plates and H&R Sport Sway Bars.
Anyone sitting next to this car at a stoplight is sure to think this is just another yuppy Beetle, but as soon as the green hits, all systems are go! Unfortunately, this will not be experienced by anyone as the cars displayed in SEMA will only be trashed after the event. Anyone looking to get in on this action better give the folks at APR-VWvortex a holler. Maybe they’ll work something out...
There have been tons of spy shots of the upcoming Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio in the past few months, but all of the prototypes that were caught were donning fake body panels tacked onto the real body, making the test cars look like the old Beetle Cabrio. Today, however, our spy photographers have finally caught the 2014 Beetle Cabrio devoid of all those fake panels!
Two fresh prototypes - one red and one black - were discovered hanging out in a parking lot with some photo-realistic stickers over the headlights and taillights. There were also a few fake stickers of the turn signals on the bumper covers, but this time, Volkswagen didn’t fool anyone: This is the real 2014 Beetle Cabrio. Like the Coupe version, the convertible Beetle will feature a new design line from the front bumper and front air inlet, to the straight lines of the bonnet edges, and new bi-xenon headlights. The fabric roof has also been modified, allowing it to fold into the back in a much more discreet way.
The future Beetle Cabrio will be powered by the same engine line-up found in the coupe version. Expect to see both gasoline and diesel engines, with power ranging from 138 HP to 197 HP. The engines will be mated to either a standard 6-speed manual or an optional 6-speed DSG.
Updated: Just a few hours after we brought you the first un-camouflaged images of the next Beetle Cabrio, our spy photographers have caught the car testing again, this time with its top down.
Volkswagen has just improved their new Beetle Sport version with the addition of two new R-Line packages: one for the exterior and one for the interior. The new R-Line exterior package will add another €1,290 ($1,660 at the current exchange rates) to your car’s price, while the interior package adds another €1,675 ($2,150).
The exterior package will add new front bumpers with independent black grained air inlets and chrome surrounds for the directional indicators and of course a new diffuser at the rear. New "R-line" logos will remind you that this is a special Beetle. As for the wheel options, customers will have to choose between 18" "Twister" alloy wheels or 19" "Tornado" alloy wheels available in both white and black.
For the interior the R-Line package adds sport seats upholstered with an active-breathing fabric in "Kyalami" design. And because we are talking about a special R-Line package, special badges will be features on the front head restraints. The package also includes leather-trimmed sport steering wheel, a gear shift lever boot and handbrake grip with decorative seams in "Art Grey".
We are anxiously awaiting the release of the 2013 VW Beetle Convertible and those at Vee-Dub-Ya are being really stingy with the images and information. Well our friends over at Jalopnik managed to get a hold of some images of the new VW convertible rocking a killer disguise [dripping with sarcasm].
VW thought it could fool everyone by taking stickers, in the same shape as the previous generation VW Beetle convertible, and slapping them over the revised taillights on the 2013 Beetle convertible mule. Anyone that has ever frequented a “Gentleman’s Club” in a conservative city, county, or state knows, sticking pasties over the goodies does not really eliminate your ability to imagine what’s under them.
This is doubly true when you make the stickers so thin that the goodies show through – a trick often undertaken at said gentleman’s clubs and obviously at VW too. Someone behind this new Beetle caught it just as the taillights came on and snapped a shot of the new lights shining through in all of their glory.
What makes matters worse is in order to mimic the old New Beetle convertible’s backside a little more, Vee-Dub added in some extra tasteful stickers on the bottom of the rear fascia. One happens to have a gigantic air bubble in it and the other one is pretty crooked. By the way, VW, the last-gen Beetle convertible didn’t have dual exhaust.