A limited edition Volkswagen Beetle Fender will reach showrooms early next month
20 December 2012

Volkswagen has announced the limited edition Beetle Fender, which comes equipped with an audio system developed by the eponymous guitar manufacturer.

The Beetle Fender is available in pearlescent black, and is fitted with a rear spoiler, 18in alloy wheels and Fender badging. The dashboard carries a ‘sunburst’ wood inlay in reference to the iconic finish of Fender’s Stratocaster guitars.

Fender’s 400-watt audio system features a boot-mounted subwoofer and illuminated front speaker mated to a colour touch screen. Other standard-fit equipment includes two-zone climate control, bi-xenon headlights and part-leather trim.

The limited edition Fender is available exclusively with a 2.0-litre TDI engine producing 138bhp, and the choice of a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox.

The Beetle Fender is priced at £23,015, with DSG models attracting a £1595 premium. Order books open on January 2.

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20 December 2012

I know VW have gone deliberately retro with their wheel designs with this new generation Beetle but for me they don't work.

The dash is quite attractive though, even if the link to Fender is a little tenuous (and I don't believe for a second the stereo is anything other than a re-badge job, rather than their own creation).

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 December 2012

TegTypeR wrote:

I know VW have gone deliberately retro with their wheel designs with this new generation Beetle but for me they don't work.

I quite like the retro design alloy they fit to the lower models, but this one just looks like a cheap 'chrome' plastic wheel trim.

20 December 2012

Stuart Milne wrote:

Volkswagen has announced the limited edition Beetle Bender, which comes equipped with an audio system developed by the eponymous guitar manufacturer.

The Beetle Bender is available in pearlescent black, and is fitted with a rear spoiler, 18in alloy wheels and Bender badging. The dashboard carries a ‘sunburst’ wood inlay in reference to the iconic finish of Fender’s Stratocaster guitars.

Fender’s 400-watt audio system features a boot-mounted subwoofer and illuminated front speaker mated to a colour touch screen. Other standard-fit equipment includes two-zone climate control, bi-xenon headlights and part-leather trim.

The limited edition Bender is available exclusively with a 2.0-litre TDI engine producing 138bhp, and the choice of a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox.

The Beetle Bender is priced at £23,015, with DSG models attracting a £1595 premium. Order books open on January 2.

20 December 2012

Ouch, you'd really want to have a Beetle to buy this.. You could get a superior in every way Mk7 3 door Golf GT for that money with £2000 extra residual value in it after 3y/60k. 

The salesman would have to take 10% off this price for me to even start negotiating with him.

Why has the Beetle never had the strong residuals of other 'retro' cars like the 500/Mini etc? 

20 December 2012

Reminds me of snuggling up on those cloistered rear seats on those unimaginably hot days with the beetle's pop-out windows letting a tiny amount of breeze in just enough to keep us breathing. The car indeed has a personality. But few would spend so much for just a price down the memory lane.

20 December 2012

OK so it's that Fender I for some reason thought of the American term for a wing when I saw this article.

Never mind the 400W stereo, at this price it should come with one of Fender's USA built guitars and amps in the boot. I do like the dashboard though.

20 December 2012

I must be looking at adifferent interior, just looks like a PT Cruiser dash to me. 

22 December 2012

Bob Cat Brian wrote:

I must be looking at adifferent interior, just looks like a PT Cruiser dash to me. 

OK you've got me I'm a sucker for a piece of shiny wood. I even like bits of plastick made to look like shiny wood, I've got a room made of tacky dark plastics and fake wood trim from old Rovers. I have tried to seek help but the Psychiatrist just shook her head and said there was no help for me, in fact she wouldn't no couldn't give me eye contact after that. I know it's shameful but please don't turn your backs on me guys....guys?....hello is anyone there???

21 December 2012

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21 December 2012

WAY too expensive for old technology (which is what the Beetle is based upon) ...

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