Nothing is official, but sources have told the magazine the high-performance model will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with approximately 240 PS (177 kW / 237 hp). If that is correct, the output is less than the Golf R’s 270 PS (199 kW / 266 hp) but more than the 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp) offered in the Beetle Turbo.
2012 Volkswagen Beetle R 240HP
Additionally, the model is expected to feature front-wheel drive, a sport-tuned suspension and the usual styling tweaks.
A Beetle R convertible is also under consideration, but Volkswagen is still evaluating if demand would be sufficient to put it into production.