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    Thread: VWvortex Project Beetle RS - Stage I

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      06-07-2011 05:55 PM #1
      We like the new 2012 Beetle. Our readers like the new 2012 Beetle. So when VW called up and asked if we could modify one "a little bit", we simply asked how soon they could get it over to us. There were a few conditions however. For starters this is one of only a handful of preproduction autoshow cars in the U.S. and the car can't be driven on the streets as it was made to sit on a turntable and that's it. No registration, no plates, no airbags = no street legal. No problem we say, we'll steer clear of engine mods for now and concentrate on what we can do cosmetically. Secondly we needed to get the car done to what we called "Stage I" level by VW's dealer conference this week so they could show it to dealers. That meant we had about 2.5 weeks to get all the parts we needed, refinish the wheels, make sure everything actually bolted up to a brand new model and order a few other odds and ends. But the opportunity to be the first to modify a new Beetle doesn't come along very often and who's going to turn this down?

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      06-07-2011 06:00 PM #2
      Greatness!

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      06-07-2011 06:07 PM #3
      I can't wait to see the wing get grafted on there.
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      06-07-2011 06:14 PM #4
      Nice!

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      06-07-2011 06:16 PM #5
      Looks good, very GT3-esque. However, unless HPA wants to take a turn at it it's still just a FWD car. It'll never be a proper Beetle RSi.

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      06-07-2011 06:25 PM #6
      Soo Nice!
      I love the fact that I can buy the new beetle with out being laughed at.

    7. 06-07-2011 06:44 PM #7
      Digging the color combo and that 3M stuff looks great on the rear badge. Nice work.

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      06-07-2011 06:48 PM #8
      Looks great my mom really wants one
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    9. 06-07-2011 06:52 PM #9
      Could be lowered a bit more IMO, looks 4x4ish but I dig the colour combo.

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      06-07-2011 07:05 PM #10
      Love it! Any chance VW will let you display it at Waterfest this year?
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      06-07-2011 07:29 PM #11
      Needs 19's and more low... then it will be money

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      06-07-2011 07:57 PM #12
      i want!!!!

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      06-07-2011 08:03 PM #14
      wow, looks great. Never thought I would consider owning a beetle but now...
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      06-07-2011 08:06 PM #15
      Looks sick Jamie. You guys gonna have this at WF this year?

    16. 06-07-2011 08:30 PM #16
      It actually looks good, But i would have stayed with the 19's and lowers it a bit more.
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    17. 06-07-2011 08:36 PM #17
      Sorry:

      The orange wheels and decals look really tacky, especially when there's no additional "go" to back up the look.

      It may work on a Porsche, but I think understated and classy would be better on a Beetle rather than boy racer/ricer.
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      06-07-2011 08:44 PM #18
      As stated before, wheels are to large and it looks like a matchbox car.

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    19. 06-07-2011 08:52 PM #19
      Looks amazing! I think the wheels and the stance look perfect. What an exciting opportunity.

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      06-07-2011 09:20 PM #20
      It doesn't need more low to me. Stance is just right. It's beautiful.
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    21. 06-07-2011 10:05 PM #21
      I almost want one after seeing these pics

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      06-07-2011 10:07 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by imhondude View Post
      Sorry:

      The orange wheels and decals look really tacky, especially when there's no additional "go" to back up the look.

      It may work on a Porsche, but I think understated and classy would be better on a Beetle rather than boy racer/ricer.
      I have to agree... stick with 19's and loose the RS badging until you have to go-fast bits to back it up.

      It's great to hear the hardware similarities with the GTI though...
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      06-07-2011 10:29 PM #23
      i would go for 18"..and lowered it more.., but that setup is already nice..great job!
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      06-07-2011 10:45 PM #24
      Looks good it's nice to see the idea become a reality.

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      06-07-2011 10:55 PM #25
      grammar police:
      We know it is a blatant homage and some will cry fowl...
      should be "foul," not "fowl."

      come on vortex editors.

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