First impressions of Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept vehicle

First impressions of Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept vehicle

If there is one thing that the Volkswagen Beetle has an abundance of, it is heritage. With the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept car the company has picked up where it left off with the original Dune Concept car from 14 years ago; however, this one is a brand new modern-day version and the really good news is that it is not going to remain a concept car but will actually make it to the production line.

With convertible and coupe versions based on the Beetle Dune Concept scheduled to make their debut in 2015, the press was recently invited to get a closer look at things to come.

Firstly, the Beetle Dune Concept is significantly bigger than the standard model. It is 50mm taller, 12mm longer and 48mm wider, while Volkswagen has also increased both the rear and front track by 29mm to give the car a more aggressive stance on the road.

The gearbox/engine combination makes the latest Dune Concept faster than any production Beetle you will ever get your hands on. It can sprint from 0-62mph in a mere 7.3 seconds and its top speed is around 141 miles per hour.

Despite its utilitarian and rugged image, the Beetle Dune will be available as a front-wheel-drive only. Volkswagen says the economy impacts, additional weight and - even more importantly - the additional cost of fitting a four-wheel drive system would scare off too many customers.

The Beetle Dune will be equipped with the same refined multi-link suspension at the rear and electronic differential as the Golf GTI.