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Volkswagen Beetle R Spy Shots

Volkswagen’s R lineup currently consists of the Golf R in North America, and the too-cool-for-school Scirocco R in Europe. It hasn’t exactly been a secret as to which VW would next get the R treatment; the German manufacturer reportedly confirmed that a hotter Beetle would be coming to the US. That announcement, in August 2011, was followed up by a production-ready Beetle R Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

After some wait, we’re finally seeing spy shots of the Beetle R in Germany. The mule shown in the images here is wearing the R-Line bodykit, which adds sportier front and rear fascias, side skirts, dual exhausts and a not-so-subtle spoiler. Topped off with Volkswagen’s traditional, five-spoke R wheels, we’d be just fine with the Beetle R coming to market as is.

Our spy photographer, though, seems to think that the production R will get even sportier sheetmetal, which we take to mean the more assertive look shown on the Frankfurt show car. Larger intakes on the front fascia, a bigger rear spoiler and vertical vents on the rear bumper could all be upcoming. Whether a production model will include the concept’s polished wheels (R cars haven’t traditionally embraced that look), vented hood and the quad-tipped exhausts remains to be seen.

Sporty brakes with bright, red calipers give the matte gray Beetle some visual flair, while our spy photographers claim the 2.0-liter mill under the mule’s curved hood will generate the same 296 horsepower that’s coming with the next Golf R. Our spies report a deep exhaust note from this uprated engine, too.

Expect the Volkswagen Beetle R to hit dealers near the end of 2014. As for a debut, it will likely be no earlier than Geneva and no later than Paris.

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Volkswagen Golf Plus Spy Shots

Golf range. The Plus sports a higher roof for improved headroom, with our spy shooter estimating an extra 15 centimeters (six inches) of noggin space over a comparable Golf hatchback.

The new model is expected to look more or less like the Mk VII Golf, outside of the taller overall design and subtle styling tweaks. Sharing its bones and its looks with the newest Golf means the Plus will get most of the same engines and transmissions, although we shouldn’t expect a hot version with the GTI’s powerplant or an all-wheel-drive model.

The main difference in the cabin should be a set of adjustable rear seats, allowing a bit more room and flexibility in the tallish hatchback. As is usual, don’t expect this Golf variant to cross the pond. Take a look above for our Comments


2014 Volkswagen Touareg camouflaged prototype - front three-quarter view

Every once in a while, we get a set of spy shot images that come through that are almost impossible to tell what’s going on. It’s just the nature of the spy shot game, but that’s exactly what we have here with these images showing a Volkswagen Touareg out testing.

While it’s totally possible that Comments


The launch of a new Golf R.

Although this prototype wears GTI lettering on the front fenders, it’s more than just the roll cage and Sparco racing seat hinting that this is something a little more serious. Unlike the Golf and GTI, this car shows that the Golf R will continue to flaunt massive air intakes on each side of the fascia, and the rear of the car (though it’s hard to see) has quadruple exhaust outlets. We still don’t have an official word on power, but rumors indicate that the next Golf R could be pushing Comments


Without a lot of information to go with them, our camera-toting spies have captured some new images of a Volkswagen Golf wagon variant that is almost completely undisguised. In fact, the one piece of camouflage on the tidy wagon would probably have gone unnoticed to most casual viewers. Look closely at the rear three-quarter view of the car and you’ll notice that the apparent taillight clusters are actually fakes – the outline of the real units is faintly visible behind the blue bodywork and the sticker-like fake taillights.

It’s a good guess then, that this Golf wagon (called a Golf Kombi by our spy photographer) is a prototype that’s pretty far along in the development cycle for Comments


Volkswagen XL1 Spy Shots

The Volkswagen XL1 is marching ever closer to production. Spy photographers recently spotted the diesel hybrid prancing through the snow during a little winter testing, giving us our first look at the vehicle’s daytime running lights, as well as the LED taillamps. The ultra-efficient two-door is said to be capable of returning up to 235 miles per gallon thanks to its two-cylinder diesel engine, 27-horsepower electric motor and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. We don’t expect the car to be quick off the line, but it’s hard to argue with triple-digit fuel economy numbers.

With its skinny tires and inset rear track, the XL1 should offer up interesting driving dynamics, too. All of the quirks of the XL1 can be attributed to the engineering quest for ever better fuel efficiency. Volkswagen says the car will have a slippery drag coefficient of just 0.186, which is far better than anything else on the road today.



Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Spy Shots

GTI and R versions. Of course, the SportWagen goes by the name Golf in the old country.

Details are scarce on what we can expect to see under the hood, and Volkswagen hasn’t said when the new Golf/Jetta SportWagen will debut, but smart money is on seeing the next-generation vehicle at either the Comments


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