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2015 Volkswagen Beetle R

2015 Volkswagen Beetle R

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.

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Video: Volkswagen Golf R VII Pushed Hard at Nürburgring

Video: Volkswagen Golf R VII Pushed Hard at Nürburgring

Now that Volkswagen unveiled both the standard and GTI version of the seventh-generation Golf, the next model we expect is, of course, the R version. We’ve brought you plenty of spy photos of the 2014 Golf R, but this time we present to you a video showing the upcoming Golf R taking a beating on Nürburgring.

The upcoming Golf R will be powered by a revised version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a DSG or a six-speed transmission. The revised engine will deliver 256 horsepower in the U.S. version and 270 horsepower in the European model.

As for aesthetics, the next-gen Golf R will receive the same R treatment as the current model, but it will get the some of the design improvements seen on the other seventh-gen Golf variants, including: revised headlights and taillights; a new grille and front bumper; and a revised backside.

Stay tuned for more information and spy shots on the new Golf R as we slowly approach its debut.

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Spy Shots: Volkswagen Golf R Caught Testing at Nürburgring

It’s been a while since Volkswagen last took the new-generation Golf R out for a test session. With spring officially hitting Europe, VW took it for a cruise around the Nürburgring and our spy photographers caught it. Of course, Volkswagen tried to hide it with fake red GTI badges on the front fender, but that didn’t fool us.

The only changes visible in these latest spy shots are those big air intakes and the quad exhaust pipes, but expect the new Golf R to also receive sharper brakes and an updated chassis. Rumors suggest that the new-generation Golf R will also be the most powerful Golf ever. It will be powered by a revised version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the current model, with output taken up to an impressive 300 horsepower. It is also believed that the next Golf R will be about 150 pounds lighter than the current model.

Expect the new generation Volkswagen Golf R to be unveiled sometime in 2013.

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Spy Shots: Volkswagen Golf VII Variant Caught Without Camo

Now that VW has officially dropped the new-generation Golf onto the market, our spy photographers have also caught the upcoming station wagon version out for a testing session. As you can see, the car is almost camo-free, meaning that the world debut is getting closer.

As you can see, the taillights are in the right positions and not as seen in the previously captured prototypes. On both the exterior and the interior, the upcoming station wagon version will be similar to the hatchback version, except, of course, the rear that will be specially design to suit the station wagon body.

Under the hood, Volkswagen will offer the same engine found in the standard Golf, meaning a choice of four engines: an 85-horsepower, 1.2-liter TSI; a 140-horsepower, 1.4-liter TSI; a 105-horsepower, 1.6-liter diesel unit; and a 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter diesel unit.

The new-generation Volkswagen Golf Variant will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Car Show.

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Spy Shots: Volkswagen XL1 Caught Testing in Sub-Zero Temperatures

Last time we caught the upcoming 235 mpgVolkswagen XL1 was back in August. Now our spy photographers have caught the production version of Volkswagen XL1</b during-cold weather testing. To be completely honest, it was more like freezing-weather testing, as the temperatures were below -30 degrees C (-22 degrees F).

The production-version XL1 will combine two engines: a small two-cylinder Turbo Diesel Injection (TDI) engine delivering a total of 30 horsepower and a 30-horsepower electric motor. Both engines will send the power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed DSG transmission.

The XL1 will be offered with gullwing doors and an interior that looks pretty similar to the one revealed in the concept version. It will also borrow from its concept cousin the very narrow rear track and the wheels sitting far inside the body. The wheels will be covered by full wheel covers to help the aerodynamics.

The new Volkswagen XL1 is expected to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will hit the market later this year.

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2013 Volkswagen Cross Up

2013 Volkswagen Cross Up

At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Cross Up concept as a preview for the 5-door version of the Up. One year later, Vee-Dub-Ya is testing the production version of the Cross Up and our spy photographers managed to catch one in action without camouflage. To make things even more official, the prototype even has the Cross Up stickers on the rear doors – at least VW didn’t try to put pasties on a prototype this time around. This will be the fourth model in the Cross lineup, which includes the CrossPolo, CrossGolf and CrossTouran.

From these spy shots it looks like the production version will stay faithful to the concept car, with just the door strip being changed. Also, when compared to the standard Up, the Cross Up version will receive different bumpers, wider fenders, underbody protection and alloy wheels. Under the hood, we will most likely see the same engine lineup found in the Up.

We expect to see the Cross Up unveiled during the first half of 2013.

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2014 Volkswagen Golf VII Convertible

2014 Volkswagen Golf VII Convertible

With the new generation Golf already on the market, Volkswagen is undoubtedly finishing up the execution of the rest of the model’s variants. We’ve already seen the GTI version get previewed by the concept car at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, so now it’s time to check out what the new convertible will look like.

The Volkswagen Golf Convertible will be among the latest variants to be added to the new generation Golf line-up. It will feature the same design elements launched with the standard Golf VII, but will retain the usual soft top seen in the previous generation Golf Cabriolet.

Under the hood, the convertible version will keep the same engine line-up as the hatchback version. This means customers will have the possibility to choose between four engines: two petrol - a 85 HP 1.2-liter TSI and a 140 HP 1.4-liter TSI - and two diesel - a 105 HP 1.6-liter unit and a 150 HP 2.0-liter unit.

Expect the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf Cabrio to be launched sometime in 2014.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI

This year’s Paris Auto Show will feature the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf, but we’ve long known what that will look like, so we’re eagerly waiting for its GTI version to be let out. Unfortunately, the Paris Auto Show will only bring us a concept version of the GTI, so we created rendering for the production version in an attempt to help us all get a better idea as to what it will look like. Let’s face it, the concept version always comes out looking stellar with a ton of technological goodies and the production model is always less appealing.

Rumors suggest that the production version Golf GTI will be powered by an updated version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will deliver about 260 HP. With the extra 60 HP, the next GTI will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds and will be capable of hitting a top speed of 153mph.

The official debut of the Volkswagen Golf VII GTI will be made at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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Spy Shots: Volkswagen Beetle Cabrio Flashes its Skin and More of those Fake Stickers

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.

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2014 Volkswagen Touran

2014 Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen just launched their third generation Touran back in 2010, but it seems as though the company this model needs a little more work as we have just caught the first mule for the next generation Touran in its testing phase.

The best part is that Volkswagen forget to cover up the goods on this mule, so we can easily see that the next generation Touran will feature an all new front end with a new front bumper, new headlights, a new grille, new engine hood, and new fenders. The only parts that were camouflaged were the lower part of the bumper and the headlights, so thank you Volkswagen!

We can also see that the track will be slightly wider and a few centimeters longer, but that’s pretty much all we can say at this point. More details will should follow in the upcoming months, since the new generation Volkswagen Touran will be unveiled at either the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show or the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2014 Volkswagen Golf R

We’ve seen spy shots for the upcoming Volkswagen Golf R that range from completely camouflaged to almost entirely devoid of cammo, but we though it was high time to see the final product. Unfortunately, Volkswagen is just not ready to show it to us so we decided to take matters into our own hands by coming up with a rendering for the future Golf R.

The next generation Golf R will be distinguished by a different front bumper with larger air intakes, a pair of subtly flared side skirts, gloss black exterior mirrors, and new quad exhaust pipes, as well as a new set of wheels.

Under the hood, Volkswagen has placed a revised version of the current 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with an output that has been increased to a little more than the current 256 HP. The engine will be mated to a DSG or a 6-speed transmission, and power will run through a Haldex all-wheel-drive system.

Let us know in the comments section below what you think of our rendering for the 2014 Volkswagen Golf R.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Volkswagen Golf R Drops Some Cammo

Now that Volkswagen has unveiled the new generation Golf VII, it’s time to focus on the next version to be unveiled. The next variant to be launched on the market will be the GTI version, but we’re eagerly waiting to see the upcoming generation Golf R.

Until now, the prototypes of the Golf R that were caught testing were heavily camouflaged, but the vehicle is now doing its tantalizing cammo strip tease as its debut time comes near. This allows for easier access to all of the Golf R’s new digs, including the different front bumper with bigger air intakes and the new quad exhaust pipes.

As for the engine, expect to see a revised version of the 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the current model, with its output increased to a little more than the current 256 HP. The engine will be mated to a DSG or a 6-speed transmission, and power will run through a Haldex all-wheel-drive system.

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