Volkswagen Beetle Now Available With R-Line Trim
While the car isn't a true R version, this appearance package should soon be available for U.S. buyers at a modest cost.
After the CC R-Line in May, Volkswagen announced the Beetle would get R'ed -- excuse us, R-Lined -- beginning this fall in Europe. This isn't to be confused with actual "R" models, such as the seriously quick 256-horsepower Golf R sold here. While a real Beetle R would be a hoot, the Beetle R-Line -- which Volkswagen has not yet confirmed for the U.S. -- offers no powertrain or suspension upgrades.
For about $2,160, Europeans can order their Beetle with a rear diffuser, a new lower fascia with chrome and black trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, and "active-breathing" seat fabric. As expected, R-Line badges are included, just as S-Line badges are on certain Audi models. While Volkswagen is launching the Beetle Cabriolet at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the company said it was "exploring additional R-Line models outside of the CC."
Whether you're concerned with the color of your Beetle's handbrake stitching or would rather spend the money on an actual performance upgrade to your Beetle -- well, that's your call.
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Having said that, I hate these sort of $2k+ appearance packages with no substantial upgrades. Couldn't they have at least thrown in stiffer springs or an LSD or something? I admit, when I first saw the headline, I thought "Cool, the Beetle is getting the Golf R treatment". Needless to say, I was disappointed as soon as I finished the full headline. Now, a true Beetle R with the 271hp engine from the Golf R would be impressive, but admittedly unlikely.
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