Volkswagen made a big deal about trying to drill it into anyone and everyone who would listen, that the new, new Beetle was more masculine than the last one. The Volkswagen Beetle R concept was just one of the methods they come up with to try and highlight the fact this car is designed to appeal to both men and women. The more aggressive styling of the Beetle R, coupled with a significantly more potent drivetrain, meant it was more than capable of embarrassing a decent proportion of its competitors off the lights – a bit like the Beetle RSi did back in the early 2000’s.
The front and rear bumpers of the Beetle R are completely different, and 30 mm (1.2 inches) wider, than standard car. Three chunky air intakes in a black high-gloss finish dominate the front; the central intake provides air to the radiator, while the other two channel cooling air to the brakes. Additional engine cooling is provided by vents on either side of the hood.
The rear arches are also 15 mm (0.6 inches) wider than the normal car, which helps them flow more naturally into the wider rear bumper. A the rear is a gloss black diffuser housing a quartet of exhaust pipes. Above this sits a large spoiler with a gloss black finish on top and body-coloured finish beneath.
Powering the Volkswagen Beetle R is a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine which produces a healthy 270 horsepower.