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VW Beetle Meets Chrysler PT Cruiser Woody In Horrific Mishmash 8
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chrysler, Chrysler PT Cruiser, eBay, Galleries, used cars, VW, VW Beetle on 01 8th, 2018


The eBay listing of this 2003 VW Beetle suggests that the car is the rare “Woody Edition” but in reality, it is just a horrific cream-colored Beetle convertible with styling inspired by the Chrysler PT Cruiser, an ugly vehicle in its own right.

Images from the listing reveal that the owner has managed to mimic the front grille of the PT Cruiser and slap the creation onto the front fascia of the Beetle. It makes an already putrid-looking car appear even worse.

Beyond the grille, fake wood paneling has also been applied to the sides and rear of the car. The Beetle itself is pretty hilarious but the description provided by the seller delivers even more laughs.

“OUR FAVORITE CUSTOMER IS SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY WANT AND HAVE MADE THEMSELVES FAMILIAR WITH MARKET PRICING *** WE GET STRAIGHT TO THE POINT *** THERE IS NO NEED FOR THE BACK AND FORTH NONSENSE *** *** REMEMBER YOU ARE BUYING A USED CAR, NOT A NEW ONE *** WE TRY OUR BEST TO BRING YOU THE NICEST CARS ON THE MARKET AND TO BE TRUTHFUL ABOUT OUR DESCRIPTION,” the listing reveals in capitals.

Perhaps it would be reassuring to ignorant buyers to know that the seller is “truthful” about the listing, but to us, it’s a little disconcerting that something like that needs to be stipulated in the listing. What’s more, we already know the description isn’t entirely truthful as there is no “Woody Edition” of the VW Beetle.

In terms of pricing, the car has a price tag $6,999, precisely $6,998 more than we’d be willing to pay.

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Seven Impossible Car Mashups That’ll Make Or Break Your Day 17
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW i8, Bugatti Chiron, Chevrolet Camaro, Classics, Dodge Charger, Ferrari LaFerrari, Fiat, Ford GT, Lamborghini Aventador, nissan gt-r, Nissan Juke, Pagani Huayra, Renderings, VW Beetle on 12 17th, 2017


Some car designs just don’t mix, and trying to force them together could make you lose your appetite. You’ve been warned.

First, worry not, because your eyes are not deceiving you. You truly are looking at seven of the most “unholy” car mashups we’ve ever seen. The only thing missing is for these cars to suddenly start speaking Latin and laugh maliciously.

But before we go looking for a priest, let’s run through each of these images, courtesy of Click Mechanic, and at least try to make some sense of what we’re looking at.

Let’s start with the Batmobile wannabe, you know, because at least it looks drivable.

#1 BMW i8 + Dodge Charger

The classic Charger and the modern BMW i8 couldn’t be more different. One is a plug-in hybrid with sporty features and futuristic looks, while the other is a gas guzzling muscle car that will mostly drive sideways if you don’t stay off the throttle.

Put them together and you might get something like this thing, which features a massive V8 with a blower, chrome bits on the wheel arches and a NASCAR-style spoiler at the rear. It’s weird, but at least it looks like it would be fun to drive, right?

#2 Bugatti Chiron + VW Beetle

This one makes sense from a branding standpoint, since VW owns Bugatti. You’ve got the all-new Chiron hypercar in one corner, and the classic VW Beetle in the other.

Make sure to take it all in, from the heavy chrome bumpers and alloys to the Beetle fenders. Overall though, you might as well put Dick Dastardly and Muttley in this car and call it a day, because it’s really wacky.

#3 Pagani Huayra + Chevy Camaro

Here’s another one you might be tempted to at least drive, since it’s comprised of a Pagani Huayra and a classic Chevrolet Camaro. It’s rugged American muscle meets crafty Italian engineering.

It’s got headlights from both vehicles, classic wheels, plus another NASCAR-style spoiler, just like on the i8 Charger. We’re not so sure about its aerodynamic properties though.

#4 Nissan GT-R + Nissan Juke

Another family affair, this time from Japanese automaker Nissan. It actually looks kind of cute, if we’re being honest, but don’t let that stop you from letting us know how much you hate it, if that’s the case.

Besides, if you’re a GT-R fan, the last thing you want is for it to be associated with something like the Juke, an urban-oriented crossover that never even got to break the Internet.

#5 Ford GT + Ford Raptor

If somebody ever managed to actually build this car, the waiting list on it might actually match that of the regular Ford GT. The mashup shows a very aggressive vehicle, one that should have no problem with going off-road, while able to win plenty of straight line races as well.

In a way, it’s the best of both worlds. The only thing missing is room for more passengers and luggage.

#6 Lamborghini Aventador + Lamborghini Tractor

If you want to take Lamborghini back to its early beginnings, you could then try to build something like this Aventador-inspired tractor and it probably wouldn’t be all that hard either.

All you need is the tractor, plus an Aventador front fascia, which doesn’t even have to come from the real car – some people can just make those for themselves. As for this one, it also features a massive winch and a connector for fitting it with a large plow.

#7 Ferrari LaFerrari + Fiat Multipla

This is a really fascinating combination, in the sense that on one hand you’ve got arguably the most beautiful car ever built in the LaFerrari, and then you’ve got one that many consider the ugliest car ever, in the Fiat Multipla. We can call this either the LaFiat or the LaMultipla, you decide.

The contrast between the two speaks volumes, and in a weird way, they kind of match, since they’re both Italian…but let’s not kid ourselves. Consider the hypercar properly insulted.

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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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