VW SA puts exclusive shine on 50 Beetles

  • Get something special – one of 50 Beetles
  • Turbo engine, 110kW of power on tap
  • Want more? Then check the options list
2017 VW BEETLE R-LINE: Image: VW SA
2017 VW BEETLE R-LINE: Image: VW SA

WANT TO own one (or perhaps a your/significant other’s pair?) of only 50 special VW Beetles? The limited run of 50 is being offered by VW SA through participating dealers across the country and the main amendments seem to involve the non-colour black.

Couple of things you’ll need: R420 000 and a swift move to the order form.

What’s so different for the price? A redesigned front bumper, nose central air inlet; larger and framed in the vehicle body colour are bars that strive outwards in an A-shape to make, VW says, “the Beetle appear wider and sturdier”.

2017 VW BEETLE R-LINE: Image: VW SA
2017 VW BEETLE R-LINE: Image: VW SA

Each outer edge of the bumper has black trim “to emphasise the width”.

PAINT OPTIONS

There’s another narrow air inlet between number plate and and a new trim element in elegant gloss, er, black, that runs all around the car.

It frames, among other features, the central air inlet and – acting as body-wideners – the wheel arches and sills.

There’s more black on the central and lower part of the rear bumper, diffuser included, which has been remodelled in line with the front of the car. The exterior modifications are rounded off by a new optional paint finish, (ah!) called White Silver Metallic and 18″ silver alloy wheel rims and smoked diode tail lights.

Paint choices carry a premium.

The Beetle’s cabin has an (ahem!) painted-black dashpad and upper door panels.The glove box (why do we still call it that? The Corner wonders) is in the original Beetle style but the standard extra instrumentation (boost pressure, oil temperature, timer) above the instrument panel and the ambient lighting are the same.

CORNERING BOLSTERS

VW has “significantly” changed the seat fabrics with R-Line-inspired seats: front sport seats are covered in identifying cloth upholstery called ‘Kyalami’ with an ‘R-Line’ logo stitched into the skull restraints.

Grey bolsters will, VW says, boost lateral support when cornering; height and lumbar adjustment require muscle-power.

READ MORE about the VW Beetle R-Line on the VWSA website and fill in an initial interest form.

The Beetle R-Line has a Composition Media audio system with eight speakers and includes a sub-woofer . It features include a 16.5cm touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, USB interface and App-Connect (Apple CarPlay compatible only).

A Fender premium sound pack option will, VW says, “deliver a unique audio experience thanks to the 400W output from the eight speakers and a sub-woofer, all supported by a visual experience created by ambient illumination around the speakers and door panels, a light strip under the door trim and diodes on the speaker ring”.

2017 VW BEETLE R-LINE: Image: VW SA
2017 VW BEETLE R-LINE: Image: VW SA

Summing up, VW lists the Beetle R-Line as having 10 key standard-specification details: alloy wheel rims, distinctive exterior styling elements, bi-xenon headlights and diode tail lights, Composition Media with App-Connect, ambient lighting, black dashpad, R-line sport seats and not-already-mentioned brushed stainless-steel pedals, leather-suited steering-wheel with gloss black (there it is again!) inserts and R-Line logo and two-zone aircon.

Three paint finishes are possible: white, red or silver metallic – and a (guess what?) black optional black roof. There’s also the possibility of a sunroof. Bear in mind that the full extras package will cost you another R30 000 or so.

Power will come from a four-cylinder, turbocharged, 1.4-litre engine capable of 110kW/250Nm – lot of punch from a little engine

Rated fuel consumption is listed as 5.7 litres/100km. (Prices below image.)

2017 VW BEETLE R-LINE: Image: VW SA
2017 VW BEETLE R-LINE: Image: VW SA

PRICE: VW Beetle R-Line 1.4 TSI 110kW DSG – R 419 500.
Check the prices of other VW Beetles and accessories here.

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