This week we get to revisit an old friend, the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible R-Line with 210 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a (DSG) 6-speed automated dual-clutch transmission. Check back soon for our quick spin review.
Currently, the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line has pricing that starts at $25,450 and ranges up to $31,375, but it isn’t clear what sort of plans, if any, VW has in store for the R-Line Concept.
The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible carries over the newly designed style first introduced as a 2013 model year offering several trims and powertrain options. Featuring an efficient yet capable 210 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque direct-injection turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed DSG automated dual-clutch transmission, the Beetle Convertible R-Line is the performance pinnacle for the model proving to be rather peppy in its steps. Sixty miles per hour is reached in just 6.7 seconds and the confidence in its handling appeals to light hearted enthusiasts. Getting out of the hole may be a mixed bag as the automated clutch of the DSG transmission takes a while to slip and fully engage first gear in addition to turbo lag averting a spirited launch. After hitting a few miles per hour, the Beetle Convertible R-Line scoots along with authority slightly breaking the front wheels loose at the mercy of the non- defeatable traction and stability control softly stepping in. The larger 19-inch alloy wheels and tires do their job to keep the Beetle Convertible planted.
With the Volkswagen Beetle design going on four years now, though, there is also a chance that this concept hints a potential next-gen version of the Beetle R-Line. This trim level was introduced for the 2014 model year as a replacement for the Beetle Turbo, and it is currently the sportiest version of the iconic hatchback. The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line Concept takes this a step further by tweaking the R-Line’s styling and performance.