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2014-06-24 10:35

WOULD YOU OWN A DUNE BUG? Volkswagen is testing its Beetle Dune Concept (we prefer Dune Bug) in Germany. Image: Volkswagen

BERLIN, Germany - In January 2014, Wheels24 reported on Volkswagen's Beetle Dune concept, a rugged off-road version of its popular “bug”, made its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

In June 2014, the little ‘Dune bug’ is undergoing testing on Sylt island off the coast of Germany.

Though still a concept, VW is testing its feasibility and images show that the automaker is seriously considering building this rugged hatchback.

GALLERY: 2014 Volkswagen's Beetle Dune concept

The car revisits an idea from 2000 when VW first revealed its Beetle Dune concept in Los Angeles, California.  

The new Dune is based on the current Beetle and uses the same 152kW turbocharged petrol engine mated to a six-speed DSG, sending power to the front wheels. As befits its rugged design, it’s equipped with an the electronic XDS differential.

The Dune is capable of reaching 0-100km/h in 7.3seconds on to a top speed of 227km/h.


The Dune has two-part wheel-arch extensions: a 1.5mm-wide plastic blade separates the primary black extensions from the body to widen the body by 24mm to 1.8m while the front and rear cladding lengthens the vehicle by 12mm to 4.2m.  

To complement the greater width the Dune’s track has been increased by 29mm to 1.6m at the front and 1.5m at the rear.

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