The VW Beetle Dune is available to order as of today here in the UK. This new evolution of the classic Beetle Dune Buggy is available as both a coupe and as a convertible, so expect some dune bashing to be happening soon. The Beetle Dune is essentially a normal VW Beetle with some slight modifications to the body and the mechanicals. The body has some slight wheel arch extensions which mean the Dune is 14mm wider than the standard Beetle, whilst a 10mm lift adds an extra off road hint.
The base model comes with a 1.2 litre engine with 104BHP, with the option of either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG auto gearbox mirrored from the standard Beetle. The interior features also mirror the standard Beetle with a 6.5 inch touchscreen with Bluetooth along with a DAB radio, auto lights and wipers, and parking sensors. The Dune also gets some new funky sports seats to complete the interior.
Whislt this may not be every mans choice, in like the look of the Dune, the new Beetle never really made the splash it intended to when it launched, but I really like the additions VW have made to create the Dune, its just enough to remind people of the original Baja Bug of the 60’s and 70’s but with all the modern creature comforts that we demand from out cars. It’s certainly better than Citroen’s reimagining of the Mehari with the C4 Cactus M.