Just seven days after the world premiere of the new Golf, Volkswagen presents a further facet of automobile fascination: The roadster prototype concept R. The design, sharp in every aspect, is in the style of an animal about to jump. This combined with the outstanding functional solutions indicates a view to the future of the Brand and possible commitments in the sports car segment.

  • 2003 Volkswagen Concept R
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    6 speed automatic
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  • 0-60 time:
    5.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
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Design Features

The basis for the highly dynamic exterior design forms a very clear linear structure, which distinguishes all of today’s Volkswagens. But these lines are set sharper than ever and, with a new appearance, frame extremely exciting and well formed surfaces. This new three dimensionality in the important body elements forms a path to tomorrow’s world.

A particularly avante garde appearance of the Concept R is evident in the front end with its newly created radiator grille. The chrome badge is also an opening through which the V6 engine breathes and the new look of the eye-like headlights form a face that maintains the Brand tradition whilst also reinterpreting the design. The headlights have a dominant form with their outer, round main element and an inner part that leans diagonally towards the centre of the vehicle. Inline with the Phaeton, Touareg and new Golf, the wing area is extended prominently to the front above the headlights like an eyebrow and underlines in this way the athletic character of the concept vehicle.

The bucket seats of the Concept R do not have an adjustment feature. In fact, there is no way of adjusting them at all. Instead of the seat, the driver moves the polished metal operating and information block of the instrument panel, including steering wheel and pedal cluster, back or forth. The adjusting mechanism is activated electrically. At the press of a button, the co-driver can also find an optimal seating position by moving a highly polished support element back or forth in the footwell.

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