2013 Vw Beetle Fender Edition now available in the UK

Article by Christian A., on January 4, 2013

Volkswagen is introducing a new production edition of Beetle that features sound system from vaunted guitar and amp maker Fender. This special model – the new VW Beetle Fender Edition – is an offshoot of a Beetle Fender concept car that the German carmaker unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Designed as a tribute to the iconic American company, the Beetle Fender features a powerful appearance complemented with a 400-watt sound system (400 watts). The concept was well-received at Frankfurt, leading the company to develop a production version that is now being unveiled to the global public at the 2012 AMI in Leipzig.

Derived from the higher 'Design' level specification, the new VW Beetle Fender Edition is available in two shades of black: 'Black Uni' or 'Deep Black Pearl Effect.' Designers decided to employ a black finish on the VW Beetle Fender Edition to best showcase the car’s numerous chrome details, like the two Fender signs on the left and right front wings, the VW badge and the 'Beetle' wording on the boot. Also finished in chrome are the special edition’s standard 18-inch 'Disc' alloy wheels, the strip below the side windows, the side sill inserts and the wing mirrors. The new VW also features bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights as standard.

Inside, the VW Beetle Fender Edition features a black-trimmed cabin that visually links its occupant to the world of rock music. Its instrument dash features a chrome-plated Fender logo and is finished in 'Sunburst' style, a two-tone wood design of several guitars made by Fender. Interestingly, each VW Beetle Fender Edition is shipped with three exclusive Fender guitar picks.

Each VW Beetle Fender Edition is provided with redesigned sports seats which have central sections that are specified in fabric while the sides and headrests come in a black leather appearance. Its steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake lever are wrapped in leather with contrast stitching. The new VW Beetle Fender Edition also features air conditioning, color-trimmed floor mats and cruise control.

As mentioned, this special edition comes with a Fender sound system -- complete with USB interface (media in) – as controlled through the panel for the RCD 510 audio system. The RCD 510 audio system, meanwhile, includes a touchscreen, double tuner, SD card slot and integrated CD changer for six CDs.

Featured along with new Fender sound system is an adjustable interior ambient lighting in white, red and blue colors. This ambient lighting includes an illuminated ring around each of the door speakers as well as indirect lighting strips below the front side windows.

Fender sound system also includes two high-end tweeters in each mirror triangle and rear side panel, as well as woofers with double voice coils on the front doors. The rear side panels also feature woofers with a single voice coil. Fitted on the car’s boot is an enclosed bass box with a subwoofer with double voice coil. Completing the Fender sound system is a 10-channel 400-watt amplifier with class A/B power amps.

The German carmaker plans to introduce the new VW Beetle Fender Edition in autumn 2012. In Europe, Asia and Australia, the new VW Beetle Fender Edition could be powered by any of the four available direct-injection turbocharged engines – two TSI petrol engines with outputs of 77 kW (105 PS) and 118 kW (160 PS), and two TDI diesel engines with outputs of 77 kW (105 PS) and 103 kW (140 PS).

In the United States and South America, the new Beetle Fender could be powered by any of the three powerplants -- two petrol engines with outputs of 125 kW (170 PS) and 147 kW (200 PS) and one turbo diesel with output of 103 kW (140 PS). A Black Uni Beetle Fender – with a 105-PS TSI engine – has a starting price of €21,725 in Germany.

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2013 Vw Beetle Fender Edition

The VW Beetle is the first car in Europe that can be ordered with a sound system from guitar and amp makers Fender. In 2011, Volkswagen showcased a concept car at the IAA in Frankfurt that was designed to pay homage to the legendary American company. That was the exclusive Beetle Fender. With its powerful looks and no less powerful sound system (400 watts), the concept car thrilled visitors to the show so much that Volkswagen decided to make it into a production car. It is now made its world premiere at the 2012 AMI in Leipzig.

Black and chrome as an exclusive alliance

The Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition is based on the already higher 'Design' level specification. The new Beetle model can be ordered in two shades of black: 'Black Uni' or 'Deep Black Pearl Effect'. Black has been chosen so that the VW Beetle Fender Edition's numerous chrome details are shown off to best effect. These include 18-inch 'Disc' alloy wheels as standard, the wing mirrors, the strip below the side windows, the inserts in the side sills, the two Fender signs on the left and right front wings, the 'Beetle' wording on the boot and, of course, the VW badge. The exterior standard specification also includes bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights.

Interior with dash pad in electric guitar style

The car's interior also has a very refined appearance. One very striking feature is the dash pad. Complete with chrome-plated Fender logo, it is finished in 'Sunburst' style, the two-tone wood design of many Fender guitars. The instrument panel thus creates a visual link to the world of rock music. In keeping with this, Volkswagen ships each Beetle with three exclusive Fender guitar picks.

Further standard features of the black-trimmed interior include redesigned sports seats with specially created central sections in fabric and sides and headrests in a black leather look, contrast stitching on the leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake lever, colour trimmed floor mats, cruise control, air conditioning and, of course, the Fender sound system complete with USB interface (media in). The Fender system is controlled as standard via the panel for the RCD 510 audio system (featuring touchscreen, integrated CD changer for six CDs, double tuner and SD card slot).

Fender sound system inclusive of ambient lighting

Automatically included with the sound system is adjustable interior ambient lighting in three colours (white, red and blue). As well as indirect lighting strips below the front side windows, this includes an illuminated ring around each of the speakers in the doors. The sound system includes two high-end tweeters installed in each mirror triangle and rear side panel, while in the front doors are the woofers with double voice coils. Assigned to these are woofers in the rear side panels, each with a single voice coil. Additionally integrated into the system is a subwoofer with double voice coil located in an enclosed bass box in the Beetle's boot. At the centre of the sound system is a 10-channel amplifier with class A/B power amps and an output capacity of 400 watts.

VW Beetle Fender Edition for Europe, Asia, Australia and America

The Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition is being launched in autumn 2012. The new model can then be combined in Europe, Asia and Australia with any of four of the engines offered for the Beetle (all direct injection engines with turbo chargers). The petrol engines (TSI) deliver 77 kW / 105 PS and 118 kW / 160 PS respectively, while the turbo diesel engines (TDI) produce in turn 77 kW / 105 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS. In the USA and South America the Beetle Fender will be available with two petrol engines (125 kW / 170 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS) and one turbo diesel (103 kW / 140 PS). Entry-level price for the Beetle Fender in 'Black Uni' with 105 PS TSI engine: €21,725 (Germany).

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