Volkswagen Beetle Dune Photo Gallery

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Volkswagen's ski-toting dune buggy turned heads at this year's Detroit auto show, trading the Beetle's cute looks for aggressive wheels and trail-ready styling.

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The Beetle Dune concept has been raised a couple inches and wears yellow-orange metallic paint along with 19-inch alloy wheels, glossy and matte black trim, and chrome details. Based on the R-Line version of the Beetle, it uses the model's 210-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. Check out the gallery below.

Cars.com photos by Steven Pham.

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Comments 

L. Landers

What is the purpose of 19 inch wheels (which look ridiculous) - other than to be able to sell some very expensive tires!!

Bill

Well, at first I didn't think much of it, but I'm growing to like it. I would suggest they come up with a different name for it though. I think they shoot themselves in the foot calling it a Beetle. Come up with some cool sounding German name and introduce it as a new sports model. It really looks more like an a retro Porsche to me.

Judith Bronson

Words fail me. I suppose it could be because we don't do much skiing in Texas, but I think it is more likely because this is a gruesome pile of metal (or is it plastic?)

REV MARVIN E PURSER JR

1 SNUGGY BUGGY
2.GRANDMA'S BIG WHEEL
3.COLLEGE FRESHMAN
4.MALL HAULER
5.21ST CENTURY BEACH BUGGY
6.MOMMA'S TODDLER TAKER
7.THE KNIGHT SHIFT
8,BUGGER KING

Kathy

The 19 inch tires get the undercarriage up out of the snow, which is very appealing to winter outdoor sports people. During the rest of the year, there might be enough clearance for forest roads. Actually, I've been trying for about a year to talk myself out of my mid-size SUV, which I love. Something like this dune-bug might be able to do it!

Tom

Seems like a pretty half-baked attempt. If they want to evoke the whole 1970s Baja Bug thing, then jack it up another 4 inches, and 17 inch rims with plenty of sidewall, like you'd expect in off-roader. Not sure there's much else they could do. Maybe add a light bar on the roof. Yanking off the bumpers and bobbing the nose and tail ain't gonna happen. No exposed rear engine with a stinger exhaust. Aw, just forget the whole thing.

Hunter

Best described as Beetle on steroids. How creative (that's sarcasm dripping off it.)

Linda Jo Lockner

Sure beats the Juke in styling. Wish I still had my ol' '67 Bug. It could go darn near anywhere.

DLB

What doesnt beat juke in styling?

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