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Walk Off The Earth

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen music made with the help of cars, but it’s pretty inventive all the same. Walk Off The Earth, a Canadian band perhaps best known for its cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” teamed up with Volkswagen to film its latest music video.

The song, entitled “Gang of Rhythm,” is a catchy pop anthem of sorts, and three separate versions were recorded for the video. The first, called “Playful,” is the one that uses the car, in this case a red VW Beetle, to best effect. The second and third styles, “Soulful” and “Powerful,” don’t make nearly as much use of the Bug.

Want to see and hear the music video yourself? Scroll down below to check it out.

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Band turns Beetle Convertible into percussion section originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 02 Nov 2013 19:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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.

VW Beetle R is one mean bug originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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A knit Beetle wins the 2013 Volkswagen Sunshine Tour

Well, now we’ve really seen everything. At the ninth New Beetle Convertible enrobed in 40 kilograms – that’s about 88 pounds – of colorful, knitted wool. According to VW’s press release, it took Marthe and Magnus Schwarz, who met at a previous Sunshine Tour (where else?), seven months to create their unique work of stitchery. As you can see in the photo above, Marthe even went the extra mile by knitting her husband a special beard for the occasion.

The annual Sunshine Tour takes place in Germany and is the largest private gathering of lovers of all three Beetle generations (the original Beetle, New Beetle and The Beetle). People came from across Europe for the August 17 event, bringing a record 414 Beetles of all themes, colors, shapes and sizes.

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As the presenting sponsor of Discovery Channel‘s Shark Week for the second year in a row, Beetle Shark Cage by removing the top of its marketing masterpiece to create what is surely the least cagey shark cage ever made.

In addition to this “car,” Volkswagen will also help create a better social and mobile experience, but the coolest part is the Subaquatic Road Trip, which will give viewers a 360-degree underwater look at what is surrounding the shark cage. Shark Week 2013 starts August 4, and you can read more info about the program and this topless Beetle Shark Cage in the press release Comments

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR on show stand - front three-quarter view, yellow

Chicago Auto Show and will be limited to just 3,500 units worldwide.

The prominent black-and-yellow paint scheme sets the GSR apart from lesser turbocharged Beetle models, and the car rides on 19-inch Tornado alloy wheels wrapped in 235/40-series tires. That same color combination makes its way inside the Bug, with yellow contrast stitching on the black leather surfaces. Additionally, there are sport seats, a sport steering wheel (with a serialized number plaque), plus a unique R-Line dash pad and GSR shift lever.

The Beetle GSR builds off the R-Line model, powered by Volkswagen’s tried-and-true 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that puts out 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque in this application. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, though Volkswagen will offer the GSR with its six-speed DSG dual-clutch ‘box for an additional $1,100. Hitting 60 miles per hour takes just 6.6 seconds in the GSR, and top speed is limited to 130 mph.

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Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

With summer quickly approaching, we’re eagerly awaiting some seat time in our favorite droptop models, cars that allow us to take in the sunshine and the warm air afforded by the summer months – especially for those of us who reside in states with bitterly cold winters. And while many Volkswagen Top News team members are already happy convertible owners (fun fact: three of us own 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible – the topless version of the second-generation New Beetle that launched in 2011 as a 2012 model.

According to Volkswagen, roughly 6,500 Beetle Convertible models have been sold in the first five months of this year. Behind the Vee-Dub are the Eos.

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2013.5 VW Beetle Turbo R Line

Jetta GLI now makes 210 horsepower, an increase of 10 ponies over the previous version of the long-running engine. Torque remains unchanged at 207 pound-feet.

According to VW, the Beetle Turbo can accelerate from 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, which is a .2-second improvement over the previous car. The Jetta GLI does the run to 60 in 6.7 seconds, according to the automaker. Those worried about economy will be pleased to know that the increase in performance extends to the pump – VW claims increases of four to eight percent in city and combined fuel economy.

The Beetle Turbo is fitted with new R Line bumpers for 2013.5; a separate R Line package that includes the new bumpers, a diffuser at the rear, 19-inch Tornado wheels and badging inside and out will start at $30,135. Meanwhile, the Jetta GLI gets LED taillamps, and the automaker isn’t mentioning any increase in price. Want to know more? Click on the lone image above to enlarge, then scroll down Comments

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Petrolicious Beetle

No matter what your feelings toward the Petrolicious has finally gotten around to paying homage to the ubiquitous rear-engine German machine in its latest video, Kindred Spirits. The clip puts a close eye on Stephan Ruiz’s über-clean 1967 Beetle. Tastefully modified and mechanically sorted, the Bug is exactly what we think of when we think “Beetle.”

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