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Rare VW Beetle RSi V6 Thrashed Around The ‘Ring 1
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Nurburgring, video, VW, VW Beetle, VW Videos on 12 1st, 2017


When it comes to unicorns from within the Volkswagen Group, the exceptionally rare Beetle RSi is unquestionably one of the most intriguing.

Built for just two years between 2001 and 2003 and restricted to 250 examples worldwide, the Beetle RSi has a 3.2-liter VR6 engine shoehorned under the hood. Delivering a total of 221 hp, the engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission sending power to the ground through all four wheels.

Just in case the engine note wasn’t enough of a giveaway that the vehicle isn’t just an ordinary Beetle, VW designed a custom bodykit for the car, including revised front and rear fascias, new side skirts, wheel arches, and a large rear wing.

A few days ago, one of these rare Beetle’s was taken out of hibernation by its owner and brought to the famous Nurburgring.

The driver took the track quite gingerly but that’s no surprise because when new, the Beetle RSi sold for roughly $80,000 in Europe!

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Next VW Beetle To Be Reinvented As An Electric Rear-Drive Model 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Reports, VW, VW Beetle on 11 10th, 2017


Volkswagen is thinking about reintroducing the iconic Beetle to the public as a battery-electric rear-wheel drive model based on their MEB platform, according to the company’s chairman Herbert Diess.

If the project gets the green light, the new Beetle EV will be a sister model to the upcoming electric VW Bus that was previewed by the ID Buzz concept at the last Detroit Motor Show.

So far the idea of an electric Beetle is still a proposal among others that are planned to be put before VW’s board members but the odds look pretty good. “The next decision on electric cars will be what kind of emotional concepts we need,” said Diess to Autocar.

“If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive,” he adds. Having the electric-only MEB platform also makes it a lot easier for VW to build one. “We have a very flexible platform. We can do nice things: rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive.”

VW’s first battery-electric model, which was previewed by the ID hatchback concept last year, will also come with a rear-drive, rear-engine layout, utilizing a 168hp electric motor that’s mounted within the rear axle assembly.

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This Classic Beetle Is Running The Baja 1000 With VW’s Blessing 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars, VW, VW Beetle, VW Videos on 11 9th, 2017


To compete in an event as punishing and exhausting as the SCORE Baja 1000, you need a vehicle that’s as rugged and robust as it is powerful and capable. Something like… a 1970 VW Beetle?

That’s what the team at ProjectBaja.com has in store for this year’s rally raid, and it’s doing it with backing from Volkswagen itself.

The vintage bug packs its original 1.6-liter boxer four, air-cooled, with a type-1 transaxle. Fortunately the rest of the vehicle has been beefed up for the rigors of the famously grueling cross-country rally.

The cabin’s been stripped out, for starters, and fitted with a full roll cage, buckets, and harnesses – along with essential communication and navigation equipment. The gas tank was also replaced by a 22-gallon safety cell, and the tires with BFGoodrich all-terrain rubber, mounted to 15-inch wheels and a beefed-up suspension with external-reservoir Fox dampers, stiffer springs, and a heavy-duty rear torsion bar.

The modified Beetle will compete in Class 11 when the 50th running of the Baja 1000 kicks off a week from now in Ensenada, Mexico, before finishing 1,134 miles later in La Paz on the other side of the Baja California peninsula.

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This Classic Beetle Is Running The Baja 1000 With VW’s Blessing 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Motorsport, rally, Rally Cars, VW, VW Beetle, VW Videos on 11 9th, 2017


To compete in an event as punishing and exhausting as the SCORE Baja 1000, you need a vehicle that’s as rugged and robust as it is powerful and capable. Something like… a 1970 VW Beetle?

That’s what the team at ProjectBaja.com has in store for this year’s rally raid, and it’s doing it with backing from Volkswagen itself.

The vintage bug packs its original 1.6-liter boxer four, air-cooled, with a type-1 transaxle. Fortunately the rest of the vehicle has been beefed up for the rigors of the famously grueling cross-country rally.

The cabin’s been stripped out, for starters, and fitted with a full roll cage, buckets, and harnesses – along with essential communication and navigation equipment. The gas tank was also replaced by a 22-gallon safety cell, and the tires with BFGoodrich all-terrain rubber, mounted to 15-inch wheels and a beefed-up suspension with external-reservoir Fox dampers, stiffer springs, and a heavy-duty rear torsion bar.

The modified Beetle will compete in Class 11 when the 50th running of the Baja 1000 kicks off a week from now in Ensenada, Mexico, before finishing 1,134 miles later in La Paz on the other side of the Baja California peninsula.

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VW Boss Hints At An Electric Thing, Says Beetle’s Fate Is Still Being Determined 23
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Reports, VW, VW Beetle on 10 23rd, 2017


Volkswagen is planning to launch an assortment of electric vehicles including production versions of the ID, ID Buzz, and ID Crozz concepts. The models will arrive in the next few years and they could eventually be joined by a modern-day Kübelwagen or Thing.
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We’re Pretty Sure This Diesel VW Wouldn’t Pass Emissions Testing 4
Jun
Posted by Carscoops Staff in diesel, used cars, VW, VW Beetle on 06 4th, 2017


No matter which side of the debate you may fall on, you have to admit that Volkswagen was pretty clever about the way it worked around emissions regulations for its diesel engines. This, however… this isn't clever. It's just crude – deliciously so, to some, we're sure.
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VW Beetle And Passat To Receive New 2.0-Liter TSI 1
Jun
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, VW, VW Beetle, VW Passat, VW Tiguan on 06 1st, 2017


Shortly after it was confirmed that the 2018 VW Tiguan will arrive in dealers with a new 2.0-liter TSI engine, we’ve received word that the same engine will be available in the 2018 Passat and Beetle.
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VW Introduces Five New Concepts For The SOWO European Experience Festival 19
May
Posted by Michael Gauthier in VW, VW Beetle, VW Concepts, VW Golf, VW Golf GTI, VW Golf R, VW Jetta on 05 19th, 2017


Volkswagen of America has unveiled five new concepts for the SOWO festival in Savannah, Georgia.
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VW Could Pull The Plug On Beetle And Scirocco 5
May
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Reports, VW, VW Beetle, VW Scirocco on 05 5th, 2017


Remember when a new VW Scirocco was supposed to arrive this year, and the Beetle was allegedly on track for electrification? Pepperidge farm remembers.
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Tanner Foust Rallycrossing His VW On Public Roads Is The Best Thing You’ll Watch Today 12
Feb
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Rally Cars, Rallycross, Videos, VW, VW Beetle, VW Videos on 02 12th, 2017


There was a time when racers would drive their cars to the track, race them, then drive them back home again on public streets. Those times may be far behind us now, but every once in a while, that spirit is revived. And the resulting spectacle can be thrilling.
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This Low Mileage 1966 VW Beetle Could Fetch Up To £20,000 30
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in auction, Classics, UK, used cars, VW, VW Beetle on 01 30th, 2017


A 50-year old Volkswagen Beetle with just 17,556 miles (28,254km) on the clock is getting ready to go under the hammer.
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An Electric Volkswagen Beetle Is Possible 20
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Reports, VW, VW Beetle on 01 20th, 2017


Volkswagen has pledged to roll out more than 30 electrified models by 2025, and one of these could be a zero-emission version of the Beetle.
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Tanner Foust Drifts Anything And Everything 21
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, video, VW, VW Beetle, VW Passat, VW Videos on 12 21st, 2016


Professional drifting videos are becoming more and more popular, thanks in no small part to Ken Block’s hugely successful Gymkhana series. The latest driver to jump on the bandwagon is driving ace Tanner Foust.
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Volkswagen Of America’s Sales Increase By 24.2% In November 3
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Reports, VW, VW Beetle, VW CC, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Passat, VW Tiguan, VW Touareg on 12 3rd, 2016


Volkswagen delivered 29,672 units in the US in November 2016, recording a 24.2% increased over the same month last year when it sold 23,882 vehicles.

The brand’s best-seller was the Jetta Sedan, which accounted for 10,212 units, followed by the Golf lineup at 6,484, and the Passat, with 6,441 examples delivered.

Being left out of the podium, the Volkswagen Tiguan settled for fourth place, with 4,516 units, while just 348 customers selected its larger and more expensive sibling, the Touareg.

The cheating emissions scandal, which has made some consumers lose interest in Volkswagen Group-made vehicles, has left deep scars on the German giant’s sales in the Americas. In the first 11 months of the year, sales dropped by 10.29 percent, to 285,719.

The Jetta family was, again, the favored choice, as it captured first place with 108,028 deliveries, followed by the Passat, with 65,761, and the Golf lineup, which accounted for 51,719.

Without counting in the Jetta SportWagen, which has been transformed into the Golf SportWagen, or the discontinued Eos, the biggest drop was recorded by the CC (-49.3 percent), the Beetle Convertible (-42.6 percent) and the Touareg (-41.6 percent) – all figures year-to-date. The Tiguan is  the only model in the brand’s lineup that witnessed a YTD sales increase at 23 percent.

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U.S. Judge Approves Volkswagen’s 2.0L Diesel Settlement 26
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in A3, audi a3, diesel, Reports, VW, VW Beetle, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Passat on 10 26th, 2016


A judge in the U.S. has approved Volkswagen's settlement program for its 2.0-liter models embroiled in the dieselgate scandal.
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