Based on the overwhelming response to the concept car displayed at the Frankfurt International Auto Show in 2011, Fender and VW have partnered to create the production version of the Beetle Fender Edition. Volkswagen's iconic coupe is now not only fitted with the award-winning Fender Premium Audio system, but it also incorporates key attributes of the American music icon. This car exudes passion, attitude and creativity and is the first automobile whose foundation is The Spirit of Rock-N-Roll.
The Beetle Fender Edition stands out with unique interior and exterior styling. Its distinctively painted dashboard features the quintessential sunburst color of Fender instruments, and the vehicle's interior is accented with color-contrasting seams that complement the dash's colors. Beetle Fender Edition vehicles equipped with the 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine will receive seats with exclusive fabric inserts. Outside, all Beetle Fender Edition vehicles are painted in Deep Black Metallic and also feature brushed chrome exterior mirrors, 18-inch "Disc" aluminum-alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, and the famous Fender logo.
The Fender Premium Audio System debuted in the Jetta GLI, Passat and Beetle vehicles in the US, and is available in the Beetle globally. It includes nine speakers along with a 10-channel amplifier providing 400 Watts of system power. Using proprietary Panasonic speaker technology, the system cuts through noise and other distractions with front dual-voice coil speakers to create a soundstage closely akin to a true, live performance. The concert-quality audio won CNET.com's "Best-Sounding Car Stereo" award.
For decades, automotive enthusiasts have driven the world's roads accompanied by the varied sounds of the music they love. It is exactly this natural combination of motoring and music that fuels the distinctive partnership between Fender and Volkswagen and has led to the remarkable Beetle Fender Edition vehicle.
The Beetle Fender Edition will first go on sale in Europe and will be available in the United States in the fall of 2012. Pricing will be announced at a later date.