Volkswagen releases illustration of go-anywhere Beetle Dune Concept

Homage to the sand-going Beetles of \'60s and \'70s
Jan 11, 2014


The Volkswagen Beetle is such a versatile vehicle that one popular aftermarket customization of the original model was able to turn it into a high-riding off-roader. Well, at the Detroit Auto Show next week, the German carmaker will give people a peek at what the current-generation Beetle would look like \"with a cool and rugged off-road look.\"

Called the Beetle Dune Concept, the car reportedly shows the potential of what may be the sportiest production version of the Beetle ever.

According to Volkswagen, the Beetle Dune Concept\'s name, raised ground clearance, and all-terrain look hark back to the classic Beetles that drove over the beaches and dunes in the \'60s and the \'70s.

The Beetle Dune Concept rides higher by two inches over the standard model and has a pair of skis attached to the roof \"to show the vehicle\'s go-anywhere intentions.\" Come summer, you can simply swap the skis for a sandboard.

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The concept car supposedly utilizes the running gear of the R-Line Beetle, with its 210hp turbocharged TSI engine mated to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission putting the power down to the front wheels. A strut-type front and multilink rear suspension with XDS electronic differential lock provides further traction.

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