Saturday 22 October 2016
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Beetle Mania At The New York Auto Show

Beetle Mania At The New York Auto Show

Beetle mania is taking over the 2015 New York International Auto Show just hours before it’s officially set to get underway. Volkswagen jumped ahead of the pack and unleashed a host of new special edition and concept Beetles Tuesday, before the start of the official press days.  Without further ado, here they are in colorful fashion:

Beetle Pink Edition

Like hot pink? Well Volkswagen has you covered with a screaming metallic pink Beetle that is appropriately named the Beetle Pink Edition. VW says there is a growing demand for one of these critters, especially in the U.S. It’s a limited edition for now, but if it’s popular, anything goes.

Volkswagen is showing the concept car as a coupe, but it could also be built as a convertible. Inside, it’s black, chrome and aluminum. The dashpad is finished high-gloss Titanium Black, but most of the other elements are customized in Pink Metallic. These include details such as the door shoulder panels, air vent surrounds, steering wheel spoke trim, and the stitching around the steering wheel and shift lever and the borders of the floor mats.

Beetle Convertible Wave

Volkswagen says its Beetle Convertible Wave is all about sun, surf and summer. This particular convertible is painted in Habanero Orange Metallic, a spicy color that is offset by bright Tornado 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and chromed door mirrors.

Inside the concept car, technology and contemporary design merge with iconic styling elements such as the seating inserts in a classic houndstooth pattern that harkens back to high-end fashion and vehicles of the 1950s and 1960s.  A genuine wood dashpad was designed in the style of a traditional surfboard.

Beetle Convertible Denim

If you want something a bit more understated, there’s the Denim Edition. In fact, VW had its first so-called Jeans Bug back in the mid-1970s. In New York, Volkswagen is showing the first ever droptop version in this style with the Beetle Convertible Denim. It’s covered in Stonewashed Blue Metallic paint developed specifically for the concept car and is powered by a 170-horsepower 1.8-liter TSI engine.  It comes with 18-inch Disc aluminum-alloy wheels, too. Inside, the denim theme continues. You’ll find blue from the seat fabric to the piping. The designers also integrated denim-looking pockets on the backs and sides of the seats.

Beetle R-Line concept

Last, but certainly not least, the futuristic looking R-Line concept. It’s designed to look and act sporty and is powered by a 217-hp 2.0-liter TSI engine.

The Beetle R-Line concept gets Oryx White Pearl paint and has a customized exterior featuring aggressive bumpers that have large air vents at the front and wrap-around high-gloss black moldings that extend down the sides of the car. Other visual changes include a rear diffuser, painted black exterior mirror caps, a large rear spoiler and 20-inch Monterey aluminum-alloy wheels. It’s also  0.6 inches wider than the standard production car.

The interior is equipped with upgraded sport bucket seats. In addition, numerous interior features, including the dashpad, door inserts and steering wheel spoke trim, have a carbon fiber-style finish. Forming a distinctive contrast is the yellow finish of the instruments and the decorative stitching in the cabin.

Photo Credit: Volkswagen