Volkswagen has refreshed its iconic Beetle and introduced its sporty R-Line trim on the model.

First produced by the German carmaker in 1938, the Beetle has had an interesting and varied history, with 20 million of the ‘old’ model selling.

After it was re-introduced as the New Beetle in 1998, a million drivers snapped up the chance to get behind the wheel of the quirky car.

Most recently, it underwent a comprehensive redesign in 2012, with a longer bonnet and a much lower and wider stance introduced. Gone was the classic ‘bug’ and in its place stood a muscular, masculine model, which was released to rave reviews.

Now, Volkswagen has refreshed the car yet again, introducing a more sculptured body and a fresh interior design.?

Exterior changes can be seen on the front bumper, which boasts sharper lines, while larger openings around the indicator and fog light surrounds also feature.

Brighter instrument panel lighting and new dials and dash styling are seen in cabin of the Design and R-Line models, with the latter replacing the previous Sport trim level.

The R-Line Beetle boasts a unique sporty bumper design, with extra air intakes along its upper edge. A body-coloured rear diffuser and chromed twin exhaust add to its speed-orientated appeal.

It will be available with the carmakers 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS diesel engine and a choice of either six-speed manual or six-speed DSG transmission.

Of course, the R-Line is not just limited to aesthetic changes. Sports suspension and 18-inch ‘Twister’ alloy wheels come as standard on the model.

Other changes seen to the Beetle line-up include the introduction of a new ‘Black Style’ option pack on the Beetle Design, and two new pearlescent-effect exterior options: ‘Bottle Green’ and ‘White Silver’.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

July 29, 2016