Volkswagen showed off this concept R version of the new Beetle at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Although just a concept, it signals that Volkswagen is building up R as its performance brand. The company is releasing a production Golf R early next year.
Volkswagen released few specifications about the Beetle R, but there are some obvious cosmetic differences. It is based on the new, 2012 Beetle, with its flattened roofline. The Beetle R gets big air intakes below the bumper, which has also been widened by 1.2 inches.
Volkswagen also fitted the Beetle R concept with its RN315 infotainment system, which includes navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a variety of media sources. The car also has Volkswagen's new Fender premium audio system.