Volkswagen has showcased four versions of the Beetle at this year’s New York Motor show.
The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the oldest models in the German brand’s history. The company describes the new concept models as being “tailored for diverse target groups of people who share a love for one of the most charismatic cars of our times.”
The Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Denim, Wave, Pink Edition and R-Line Concept models revealed a scope of personalisation options which could eventually lead to production versions.
The Beetle R-Line model is intended to be the sportiest in the range and it is based on the Beetle hatchback. It is equipped with bucket seats, a diffuser and an oversized rear spoiler as well as carbon-look upholstery and model-specific bumpers. The Beetle R-Line is around 14 millimetres wider than the standard production car. Under the bonnet, it is powered by a 217bhp (brake horse power) 2.0 litre petrol engine (borrowed from the Golf GTI) that gives the vehicle a top speed of 150 miles per hour.
The other hard-top comes with ‘Fuschine Metallic’ paint and contrasting internal and external accents in gloss black, brushed aluminum and chrome. The Pink Edition model has 19 inch alloy wheels and a sporty chrome trim.
Next up is the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Denim featuring a denim-coloured convertible roof and Stonewashed Blue Metallic paint. The concept model features a 168bhp (brake horse power) 1.8 litre TSI petrol engine for the American market and the European market would get a lower-powered diesel engine. The Denim theme extends to the car’s interior too, with blue door panels, blue sports seats as well as a unique trim for the steering wheel, gear lever and front centre armrest.
Following the convertible theme, the VW Beetle Cabriolet Wave is equally bright in its ‘Habanero Orange Metallic’ paint job. The whole car is inspired by the ‘American spirit on the beaches of the USA’ and takes styling features from the 1950s’ and the 1960s’. The model in the image, features 19-inch Tornado alloy wheels and R-Line bumpers. Inside there are classic fabrics and a surf board-inspired wood dashboard panel.
None of the models are officially confirmed for production – however, it’s always nice to get a hint at what we could expect in the future. Volkswagen comment that these new Beetle concepts could easily go into production, if there is a demand.