VWvortex only had two and a half weeks to create a tuning package for the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle and it shows. With a name like the Beetle RS Project - Stage I, it may sound like a high-performance turbocharger kit but it’s really just the appearance that changed.
Actually, it appears quite a lot like a Porsche GT3 RS. Aside from this model being recently launched a few months ago, the team was only able to obtain a preproduction autoshow car.
It can’t be driven and it didn’t have plates, registration, or airbags. There’s no sense then in boosting its top speed. The tuning team didn’t have a lot of time to accomplish much before the vehicle had to be presented to dealers this week so that they can get an idea of what can be done on the 2012 Beetle.
VWvortex thought to make it a GT3 RS Beetle. First thing the tuners did was to fit it with a set of huge Porsche VMR710 20" x 9" wheels with a 35 offset.
This was then given in orange finish and covered in Continental ExtremeContact DW 245-35ZR20 tires. The team then fit a set of H&R standard Golf/GTI 6 suspension setup that was bolted straight into the 2012 Beetle.
VWvortex unexpectedly found that most of the underbody appeared similar to the Golf. This is when the team decided to fit the Beetle with a Borla exhaust. It didn’t require any alterations except for a slight extension since the Beetle is a bit longer at the rear.
Meet the new member of the Volkswagen Beetle family. The latest generation Volkswagen Beetle is designed to stand out from the rest of the crowd. This compact car is the most fuel efficient with high performance strength of American 2.0 TDI and European 1.6 TDI standard. A famous name in itself, Beetle seems to be just as recognisable as the rest of the famous brands outside the industry like Apple, Coca Cola or even an iconic pair of Ray Bans.
So how does an independent brand reinvent itself for a total transformation? The answer is simple. According to Walter De Silva and Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen’s Design Chief and brand ambassador, it is very important to have a clear understanding about the brand and the product itself. And for that same reason, these two came up with their new objective, which is to “design a new original”.
This whole new challenge has brought them to build a team under the supervision of Bischoff. It was indeed a very inspiring experience; to redesign an iconic brand that’s entirely different from what they had done before with the ’98 New Beetle. The team also put extra effort in terms of its dynamic design. One of the interesting facts about this is that most members of the team are sharing the same idea about air cooled Beetles and they have their own design in mind. Young aspiring designers at Volkswagen are also into the same concept. No wonder, the 2011 Beetle’s design was inspired by this collaborative showdown of wits. If we’re going to put these two Beetles (past and present) side by side, we can all agree that every part is remade down to the very last detail.
The New Volkswagen Beetle is indeed more masculine, more dynamic and bolder as compared to the one we had eighteen years ago. This new model now comes with a sporty look that looks clean and confident no matter where it goes. Expect to see a much lower profile, wider front with longer bonnet. The windshield looks a little steeper, making it totally different. Meanwhile, the roof profile is a bit lower as inspired by the Ragster concept car back in 2005.
All in all, the all-new Beetle is more masculine and more dynamic than ever before. Judging from the figures, the New Volkswagen Beetle is 152mm longer, 12mm lower and 84mm wider than its predecessor. These incredible new proportions are perhaps what dynamism is all about. There’s also the C-pillar as something to look forward to, giving the rest of the New Beetle a distinct new look.