Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle

Much is happening at the Chicago Auto Show today, even some racing news. Volkswagen is partnering with Andretti Autosport to form the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, and today it also announced the upcoming 2014 rallycross program, including the drivers and their cars.

The well-known Tanner Foust and his colleague driver Scott Speed will start the season off in two modified Polo rally cars, but will switch mid-season to the new GRC Volkswagen Beetle . The menacing little bug pushes some 560 horsepower to all four wheels via its turbocharged, direct-injected TSI engine.

Rallycross is one of the fastest growing motorsports within the U.S. and it’s garnering more and more attention. The rally cars race both each other and the clock for the win, conquering varying terrains and spectacular 70-foot jumps.

In a statement to the press, Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti, son of the famous Mario Andretti, said, "I’m thrilled to be entering the series, and especially happy about teaming with Volkswagen. We are excited about our driver lineup of Tanner and Scott; I believe we have the best drivers in the series and will be a top contender.”

The team and its two drivers will compete in the Red Bull Global Rallycross series, which opens in May. Foust and Speed will drive the Polo cars during that event before switching to the Beetle GRC for the X Games in June.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Volkswagen Beetle.

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We know its been a while since we last brought you something "nice" to look at, so today we decided it’s time to bring you a rather "nice" tuning calendar. Of course there are some cars in there too, but the stars of the pictures are these rather cute bikini girls.

In case you’re interested in knowing what cars are costarring with the bikini-clad women, they are a Volkswagen Beetle , BMW M3 and a Jeep Wrangler .

Nearly all of the images were taken in Budapest, Germany and Croatia, and the girl you’ll see in most of the pictures is Leonie Hagmeyer-Reyinger — a woman that posed as Miss Tuning plenty of times.

We hope you liked our little surprise to kick off your Friday morning, and these picture will help keep you upbeat in these cold temperatures spanning the majority of the country.

Click past the jump for some additional photos.

Source: Driven
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Volkswagen unveiled its first Dune Concept back in 2000 and now the company decided to roll out another version of it based on the 2014 Beetle . This new version made its world debut today at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and comes with a very cool news: unlike the 2000 concept, this new Dune Concept actually has a chance to hit the production line, and we could see it as early as 2015.

When compared to the base Beetle , the Dune Concept features an increased ride height, a crossover-style look and oversized alloy wheels, which will all play important roles in making the Beetle sand dune ready.

The concept features a very cool combination or "Arizona" orange and black on both the exterior and the interior, comes with a wider body and wheels equipped to take any kind of roads out there.

Updated 01/13/2014: Volkswagen unveiled the new Beelte Concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and we’ve updated the review with the official details, images and specs.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen New Beetle Dune Concept.

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The Volkswagen Beetle — especially the original one — is a very appreciated model among tuners and enthusiasts alike. It has an infinite tuning capacity, so you rarely ever see two like-tuned Beetles roaming the streets.

MR Car Design announced today a new tuning kit based on the newest-generation Volkswagen Beetle that improves both the look and the performance figures of the little "Bug." The kit includes software optimization, car body ennobling, an exhaust system, a set of wheels and a set of upgraded brakes.

MR Car Design spent the majority of its time under the Beetle’s hood where it updated the 2.0-liter, TDI engine with a new software that increased the total output up to 210 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque — a healthy bump from the standard 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The kit also includes a new exhaust system, a new G-Ride air suspension and coilovers.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Beetle by MR Car Design.

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At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Beetle R concept as the preview to a sportier and more powerful version of the Beetle. Now, two years later, the VW finally started testing the Beetle R, and our spy photographers managed to catch a mule testing on German roads.

The new Beetle R will likely be powered by the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-banger found in the 2014 Golf R , putting its output at about 300 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a four-wheel-drive system for maximum launch traction. With this engine and drivetrain in tow, we estimate a 5.5-second run to 60 mph for the Beetle R

The mule caught testing today wears just the optional R-Line package, but we expect the production version to look a little more aggressive when it hits the market in late 2014.

The Beetle R will also inherit the 18-inch wheels and large disc brakes from the Golf R. There will also be a new exhaust system with dual chrome tailpipes.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle R.

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The latest VW Beetle upgrades from ABT Sportsline add some real machismo to the styling, performance and handling of this lovable coupe and ragtop. Typically sold on a individual basis, the full ABT kit is also available to turn a stock Beetle into something much more sinister.

The beauty of these ABT upgrades, despite the Euro-market’s sometimes trashy appetite for car modifying products, is that they can generally be applied across any of the engines or trims from the 2011 to present Volkswagen Beetle coupe and cabriolet. This full-line strategy is smart for ABT, and with only a few pieces that are model-year or trim-specific, providing other options to fit a diesel engine or GSR . These guys know Beetles inside and out, so they are a good resource for personalizing your love bug.

Driving a fast Beetle might sound like a joke to serious GTI fans, but there is a special joy in this shape that’s still present after all these years. Additionally, a higher seating position amplifies all the senses, with the G-force feeling even more enjoyable and hilarious inside.

When you pass someone in a fast Beetle, they will be: confused, impressed, and then confused again. That is part of the fun, and ABT certainly gets it.

Click past the jump for all the details on ABT Sportsline’s upgrades to the 2011-present Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet.

Back in the 1970s, Volkswagen thought it was a good idea to release a special-edition model of the popular Beetle with the designation "GSR", which stands for "Gelb Schwarzener Renner".

Translated to English, GSR stands for "Yellow Black Racer.” As the name suggested, that Beetle was dressed in yellow and black though, more importantly, it was far sportier and more exclusive than most Beetles of its kind with only 3,500 units built.

Fast forward to today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show and Volkswagen thought it was a good idea to release the modern-day version of the Beetle GSR. And true to form, they’re calling it, well, the 2014 Beetle GSR.

Suffice to say, this is a pretty big deal, not only for those old enough to remember the original Beetle GSR, but also for the young bloods out there who can be reminded just how popular and sought after this special-edition model was back in the day.

There’s a lot to like about the new Beetle GSR and for our part, we can’t get enough of it.

UPDATE 07/17/13: Volkswagen has officially been given a sticker price. Click past the jump to see how much it’s going to cost you.

Find out more about the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR after the jump

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The world heard the Beetle name for the first time back in 1938 and with 73 long and impressive years tucked away nicely under their belts, Volkswagen has never really strayed away from their original design. The appeal for the Beetle never really faltered because it was, in fact, a unique design, but Volkswagen has made the decision to reignite the passion for the Beetle with efficient engines and innovative features combined to obtain a ‘modern classic’ in the 2012 Beetle. The vehicle will make its first appearance in China, at the Shanghai Motor Show, and then it will be brought to the 2011 New York Auto Show. Sales on the North American market will begin this autumn, while Europe sales will start in early 2012.

The new Beetle shares its platform with the new Volkswagen Jetta and will be 1,808 mm wide (84 mm wider), 1,486 mm tall (12 mm lower), and 4,278 mm long (152 mm longer). Thanks to the new proportions, the roof is extended further, the front windscreen shifted back, and the rear section follows the contour of the original Beetle.

US customers will have the possibility to choose from three trim levels - "Beetle", "Design," and "Sport" - and three engines - one diesel and two petrol.

UPDATE 05/03/13: VW has just announced a mid-model-year change for the Beetle Turbo, which includes a nice power hike and some exterior updates.

German automaker, Volkswagen , is presenting quite a roster of vehicles at the Shanghai Auto Show. One of them, though, already has a dealership future. It’s also has a name that should catch a lot of peoples’ attention.

This is the Volkswagen iBeetle.

In case you’re wondering why there’s an "i" in front of "Beetle ", that’s because the iBeetle comes with a unique feature that no other Volkswagen has ever had. It’s the first VW to carry a newly developed docking station and a special iPhone application.

Oh, ok.

Honestly, a lot of people were probably expecting a whole lot more for a Beetle with an "i" prefix of sorts. So it’s got a docking station that you can put your iPhone into and take advantage of all its capabilities? Not exactly the kind of iCar we were all thinking Apple collaborate on.

But once you dive into what the iBeetle is fully capable of, you’ll understand why Volkswagen is pretty excited about this model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen iBeetle

The Volkswagen Beetle GSR will undoubtedly garner most of the attention at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show , but nobody should sleep on another Chicago-bound Beetle .

This is the Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible R-Line, the latest member of Volkswagen’s R-Line family.

Just like its brethren, the Beetle Convertible Turbo R-Line comes packed with so many exterior and interior upgrades that spruces up the already fresh-looking Beetle. The exterior offers new bi-xenon headlights matched with LEDs to go with an R-Line badge on the front grille that makes sure everyone knows that this Beetle comes loaded with the program. Aluminum-alloy wheels measuring 19-inches and a new sport-tuned suspension was fitted into the car to further improve its driving characteristics.

As for the interior, Volkswagen went to lengths to give the Beetle a sportier look, highlighted by a "metallic-finish" dash and door trim, a flat-bottom R-Line multi-function leather steering wheel, stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates, aluminum sport pedals, and plenty of leather on the seats. Volkswagen also added a number of tech features, including an RNS 315 navigation system, keyless access with push-button start, and the totally awesome and ear-soothing Fender Premium Audio System.

At the end of the day, the R-Line upgrades are enough to spice up the Beetle Convertible Turbo. Some people might think that there’s not enough to warrant the badge, but for us, these add-ons are well worth your time.

Press Release after the jump

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