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Published Date: 08/04/2015

Quadruple of Volkswagen Beetle concepts hit the New York motor show

Volkswagen has used the New York motor show to reveal four new Beetle concepts, including a sporty R-Line edition that could preview the sportiest version of the iconic model yet.

In all, there are two cabriolet and two coupe examples on Volkswagen’s stand in New York; the Beetle Cabriolet Denim and Beetle Wave convertible make up the topless duo, while the Beetle Pink Edition and R-Line Concept are the hardtop examples.

Starting with the Beetle Cabriolet Denim, the car is said to honour previous jean-based Beetle special editions of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s and is finished in ‘Stonewashed Blue’ which features both inside and out of the car. The seats are finished in a light blue denim and feature red and white stripes; Volkswagen says that up to nine individual colours could be available on any subsequent production version.

The second open-top Beetle, the Beetle Cabriolet Wave, has been inspired by the surf culture of the likes of the US West Coast. Evidence of this is seen in the Habanero Orange exterior paint and wood detailing in the interior; however, there is also influence from 2014’s Dune concept and it is said the Beetle Wave should go on sale next year.

There are no guesses as to the influence of the Beetle Pink Edition’s name, with the car graced with the very expressive Fuchsine Metallic colouring, with certain trim such as the door mirror housings and side body mouldings finished in Dark Adamantium. The vibrant themes carry on inside the Pink Edition and its interior features, although the seats have pink detailing rather than completely being finished in the colour.

Completing the group of new Bugs is the Beetle R-Line concept that focuses on performance as its main element. Dominating the car’s experience is the 217bhp 2.0-litre petrol powerplant from the Golf GTi, while many visual details have been added such as restyled bumpers, a large rear spoiler and 20-inch alloys. The R-Line concept is also 14mm wider than the standard Beetle.

Sports bucket seats are the interior’s predominant feature that have been given lateral supports in a leather-carbon look finish that is a styling that has been utilised on the steering wheel and door inserts. The yellow detailing from the exterior also features on the interior’s contrasting stitching.

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