Volkswagen’s Beetle Dune first appeared at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2014, it was the perfect combo—and now the real version is hitting the road. But note we said road, not beach.
The original Beetle spawned the Baja Bug kit cars of the 1960s, but when the modern Beetle came onto the market 30 years later, it was more an exercise in retro chic and less about making an inexpensive car for the masses.
The Beetle Dune tips its hat to California’s golden age without any intention of getting its wheels dirty. Like the rest of its order, the Dune is front-wheel drive only and not meant for sand. What you do get is something that looks great in its natural habitat, whether you’re driving through the desert, tooling around a cityscape or parked outside a coffee shop.
Available as a hatchback or cabriolet, the Dune sits 10mm higher than a standard Beetle and has a slightly wider track, but the standout elements are in the bodywork: a new grille, side strips, graphics and a large spoiler. Inside there are sport seats, leather upholstery and the option of a Fender sound system. Wherever you go, it definitely looks the part.
Best of both worlds
A family car that comes with super powers
Audi’s RS lineup has long been a favorite of those who want a supercar and a family vehicle but only have room for one. With the latest Performance models of the RS 6 Avant and RS 7, there are five seats and plenty of space for strollers and luggage, plus there’s an over-the-top power output. The Avant and RS 7 have an increase of 45 horsepower, pushing 600 hp out of a 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo gas engine.
The models go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds, zoom to top speeds of 180 mph, and have an overboost function that can increase torque by 50Nm up to an impressive 750Nm. Those are supercar stats—though not many supercars can fit quite so many grocery bags in the trunk.
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