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Volkswagen Beetle Fender rocks on and on

Volkswagen is up to some pretty exciting things of late, but this one-off Fenderised Beetle has us bewitched.

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Derek Fung

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Hi!

Volkswagen is up to some pretty exciting things of late, but this one-off Fenderised Beetle has us bewitched.

The previous Beetle loved women and was, in turn, loved by them. It's fair to say that men felt differently.

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Flatter, wider, beefier

To help chase that other 50 per cent, VW added an extra level of butch to the new car.

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Brrrraaaaang!

Let's say we were unconvinced until we happened upon this Fender-branded one-off version hiding off to the left of VW's main stage in Tokyo.

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Sunshine, lollipops, rainbows

We're not usually a fan of wood-style trim in cars, but this sunburst insert looks pretty darn sweet.

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Amped

A 400W 10-channel amplifier lies at the heart of the sound system. There's also a subwoofer to boot. Geddit?

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A birdie told me

In addition to door-mounted speakers, the Fender boasts two sets of tweeters — one set in the doors and another beside the rear-seat passengers.

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Lemme finish

Since the Frankfurt Motor Show, VW has ditched the RNS510 entertainment and nav system in favour of an iPhone-controlled system.

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Switch it up style

Orange stitching and a leather-coated roof are some of the car's other embellishments.

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Pod-like flavour

To help show-goers experience the Beetle Fender, VW helpfully supplied this little immersion pod.

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In your face

Want a bit of suited-up rock? Well, there are three full screens of it.

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More, please

We love the orange strip light, but the dial's missing an 11.

Derek Fung travelled to the Tokyo Motor Show as a guest of Toyota.

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