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Volkswagen Beetle R at Frankfurt Motor Show

Volkswagen has unveiled a sporty Volkswagen Beetle R concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, currently under way in Germany. The Beetle R features a chunkier body compared with the normal Beetle as well as a high performance powertrain.
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Volkswagen has chosen not to release any specific performance specification details of the Volkswagen Beetle R concept, only suggesting that it would be set up similarly to a Scirocco R or Golf R - both of which use a 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder turbo engine offering 188kW and 330Nm.

Performance aspects aside, the Beetle R concept takes on a very muscular and solid-looking body design. There's an all-new more aggressive front bumper bar layout incorporating large black air intakes in the lower sections and a big central mouth.

At the back is equally aggressive, showcasing a sporty rear bumper bar with a large rear spoiler, side vents and an integrated diffuser incorporating a racy quad-tailpipe exhaust outlet design. The Beetle R also sits on chrome 20-inch alloy wheels which partly hide blue brake calipers.

Volkswagen has extended the sporty theme into the interior, where a number of R-theme trimmings and logos sit. The interior includes Nappa leather sports seats, a more sportier instrument cluster over the standard Beetle and gloss black trimmings with contrasting aluminium pedals and highlights.

Volkswagen hasn't mentioned a possible production run for the Volkswagen Beetle R concept at this stage, and is showcasing the model to test public reaction. What do you think of it? Would you like to see Volkswagen put it into the showrooms? Feel free to give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

(images courtesy of worldcarfans)