LA Auto Show: 2013 Vw Beetle Convertible R-Line and Exclusive models

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 28, 2012

Volkswagen introduced at the 2012 LA Auto Show, the Beetle Convertible R-Line and Exclusive models. What’s very important is that these models will not be available in the United States but seeing them here might be a sign that Volkswagen is testing people’s reaction! For those who don’t know, the R-Line vehicles have the looks of the Volkswagen R models, but unfortunately the performance hardware is not available.

In the meantime, the Exclusive models focus on unique and more luxurious styling and trim. The new 2013 Beetle Convertible Exclusive is based on the European-market "Design" and "Sport" trim lines. As a result, the exterior design is marked out by polished black 18-inch "Twister" aluminium-alloy wheels, but as an option the German manufacturer offers the 19-inch "Tornado" aluminium-alloy wheels in white or black.

There are three different colors available for the Nappa leather seating surfaces: Pepper Beige, Amber Brown and Black. Moreover, the Exclusive models offer as standard: dashboard trim in “Black Uni” finish, Stainless-steel kickplates with "Volkswagen Exclusive" lettering, three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel gearshift knob, handbrake lever, and center armrest, front sport seats, front and rear textile floormats and leather look door trim.

Pricing starts at €26,775 for the Beetle Convertible Exclusive Design (1.2-liter TSI, 103 hp) and at €30,500 for the Beetle Convertible Exclusive Sport (158 hp). Regarding the Beetle Convertible R-Line, this model shares the same trim enhancements with the R-Line coupe.

This means that the vehicle comes with aggressive front and rear bumper designs; R-Line logos beneath the A-pillars; 18-inch "Twister" aluminum-alloy wheels with the option of 19-inch "Tornado" wheels; sport seats with "Kyalami" cloth seating surfaces; front head restraints with R-Line badges; leather-trimmed sport steering wheel, gearshift knob, and handbrake lever with "Art Grey" decorative seams; and "Dark Vanadium" dashboard trim. As an option, seats can be ordered in black "Vienna" leather.

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