2017 VW Beetle R-Line Image: VW
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Sporty Beetle R-Line joins historic journey

  • VW UK has added a sporty R-Line model to its Beetle line-up
  • Enhancements and options throughout the Beetle range
  • UK entry-level Beetle costs equivalent of R295 000

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2017 VW Beetle R-Line Image: VW

The Volkswagen Beetle is a genuine motoring icon – one of a handful of cars that, in the 20th Century, brought motoring to the masses as more than 20-million units of the original Beetle were sold around the world.

When it was reborn in 1998 as the New Beetle another million brought the Beetle’s distinctive character to a new generation.

2017 VW Beetle R-Line Image: VW
2017 VW Beetle R-Line Image: VW

The ‘New’ moniker was dropped in 2011 and the car was comprehensively redesigned. Its new shape was lower and wider, with a longer bonnet, and the Beetle’s more sporting and masculine stance, VW said, captured the world’s imagination all over again.

Now this the latest iteration of perhaps the best-loved VW is being refreshed with changes that include a more sculptured body and a fresh interior design.

“The styling enhancements and new options,” VW says, “further enrich the appeal and value inherent in the Beetle range in coupe and cabriolet form and, with the new Beetle Dune, as a crossover.”

The styling changes comprise sharpened lines for the front bumpers and larger openings around the indicator and fog-light surrounds to, VW says, give extra depth to the car’s appearance. The new Beetle R-Line trim has a more sporty bumper design unique to the model

It features extra air-intake openings along the upper edge of the bumper.

In the cabin there are brighter instrument panel lighting, new dials and facia styling for the Design and R-Line models and new upholstery materials bring further styling options.

The Beetle R-Line replaces the previous Sport trim level. The R-Line will be available (in the UK, at least) with VW’s two-litre TDI 112kW diesel engine and a choice of either six-speed manual or six-speed DSG transmission.

The R-Line also has a sports suspension, a choice of two 18″ alloy wheel rim designs and the unique new R-Line bumper.

2017 VW Beetle R-Line Image: VW
2017 VW Beetle R-Line Image: VW

The car also gets a body-coloured rear diffuser and chromed twin exhausts, gloss black external mirrors and door protectors, and a rear spoiler.

The pedals are trimmed with aluminium and the scuff plates feature the distinctive R-Line logo, there’s a leather-trimmed, three-spoked, multi-unction steering-wheel, the seats are finished in ‘Kyalami’ cloth and the R-Line badge appears on the head restraints of seats which have height and lumbar adjustment.

Auto aircon, ambient lighting, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control are standard.

Dune models also benefit from the upgrades.

For more details on all the cars in the Volkswagen Beetle range, together with brochures and UK pricing, and to use Volkswagen’s online configurator, click here.

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