November 27, 2022

The CAM Journal: About Face

Beetle RS VW VortexI’ll admit, the first generation New Beetle had me laughing when I saw a guy driving one. Sure, I respect that the 1.8T has a lot of potential, the TDI is great for gas mileage, and even the Turbo S model had me looking at them through my peripheral vision, but generally, I didn’t like them. My friend’s ex-girlfriend had one, I couldn’t stand being in the back seat of that thing. Recently though, VW introduced something new…a new New Beetle, now just called Beetle.

It was intriguing, definitely harkened back to the shape of the original Beetle. It had more shapes than round and had a bit of testosterone injected into its oil filled veins. Could it be, I was falling for a chick’s car?

I didn’t think much of it until it forced itself upon me at Wuste recently. VW of America brought out a 2012 Beetle that was silver with black racing stripes. Ha! A Beetle with racing stripes?!? Somehow it worked though, and I found myself commenting loudly to the crowd gathering that I thought it had potential.

I already was swaying towards liking this car, but then VW Vortex got themselves a project 2012 VW Beetle(shown above). Black with Orange RS-style wheels, Brembo Big Brake Kit, Coilovers, and more to come. It’s looking good! Maybe this car has more potential than I would otherwise give it credit for. If American Express was in the car business, they’d give this thing a sizable credit limit, whereas the previous version would’ve been denied to ability to fill out the application.

So here I am with egg on my face, hopeful that the aftermarket runs with this car so I don’t have to duck behind a Camaro when I talk about a Beetle. And for those wondering, it does not have a flower built-in to the car. That’s a step forward for humanity in my mind.

-Trent Bray

[Photo: VW Vortex]

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