Fender & Volkswagen Announce The Beetle Fender Edition

Fender and Volkswagen are proud to announce the VW Beetle Fender Edition, which made its world debut at the Leipzig International Auto Show.

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Fender and Volkswagen are proud to announce the VW Beetle Fender Edition, which made its world debut at the Leipzig International Auto Show. 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.

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    Jesus_Dean
    ...or I could just buy an old, beat-up Beetle and have a lot of money left over for new gear.
    cbabb7
    I think it looks pretty good actually. That interior is quite.....snazzy. Mhmmmm
    stef123
    travs2448 wrote: What kind of dude would drive this? Volkswagens are complete shit anyway.
    Oh do be quiet!
    Nickpocalypse
    THE76GOAT wrote: Nickpocalypse wrote: THE76GOAT wrote: Beetle = Chick car I feel like I'm man enough for a car to not let a car dictate my sexuality... Shame not everyone is as lucky as I am. Then maybe next you can try on a skirt and high heels since it won't dictace your sexuality... it is only clothes, right?
    Well, no, clothes don't dictate my sexuality either, but due to personal taste I probably won't be wearing any skirts. The car on the other hand, I could see myself driving. Try to remember, though, that neither of this will in fact make you a girl.
    thejester
    in my mind its still a gutless pig of a car. i only hope that in the fender edition we can still get the flower holder
    Agent 00Awesome
    That's pretty damn sweet. I like how they're turning it into a more manly car like it used to be. Screw the rounder, bubbley chick bugs.
    Nickpocalypse
    I like it; great interior. I've driven a beetle only once, but I remember it being really nice.
    iommi600
    Phila457 wrote: Should have made a "pickup" truck. Ha.
    This might be the worst joke I've ever seen around here, but I lol'd so ****ing hard, thanks sir
    say5ss2
    Can we please do something concerning spam comments on EVERY article on UG now days. On topic, the car is way too gimmicky for me. Not to mention they could chosen way nicer VW models to play with.
    Maestro1600
    Jesus_Dean wrote: ...or I could just buy an old, beat-up Beetle and have a lot of money left over for new gear.
    You could make that argument for any new car. Buy a really old Nissan Micra and have even more money for gear...
    sk8aman23
    It needs to come with a guitar!!! Like the First Act VW's a few years ago, even though the guitar was meh, it's so damn cool to plug it into the stereo and play!
    travs2448
    What kind of dude would drive this? Volkswagens are complete shit anyway.
    Nickpocalypse
    THE76GOAT wrote: Beetle = Chick car
    I feel like I'm man enough for a car to not let a car dictate my sexuality... Shame not everyone is as lucky as I am.
    Dave_Mc
    nice to see it's using that historically accurate fender wood, flamed maple...
    jrodgers
    Remember back in like 06' when in every VW you bought, it came with a First Act electric guitar you could plug in to the dashboard and play through the sound system? Had the commercials with Slash and John Mayer? That was probably the coolest thing ever, how could they leave that feature out of a FENDER BEETLE?
    Dooley666
    WhiteStripesIII wrote: Should have picked a manlier VW to do it.
    I drive a VW, and i'm a man... honestly non of them are manly
    KyleKoester
    I respectfully disagree with you guys. This car looks amazing and I would drive it any day anywhere
    S7A1ND
    The interior is definately VERY sharp! I'm all for the design, but I would have chose a different car. I know it's not a VW, but I think a Mustang would have rocked the Fender look!
    metallicaftwlp
    T7E wrote: Definitely lacks the sex appeal on an old one
    The old ones are anti-sex appeal. Have you even seen one recently? they look like old beat up pieces of shit and something that someone with no money would drive.
    ne14t
    n00bje wrote: Sideview looks a bit like a Porsche.
    Same group of owners and designers so they frequently steal little ideas from each other because they cant get in trouble for it! The 2.0L turbo is a step in the right direction 200hp for a small light car like that is great, as long as you don't load it with 1200lbs of people or something. Good idea for a car seeing as the whole toaster car fad thing is still pretty hot, people will buy it for sure.
    Way Cool JR.
    I really like the new Beetle design but I do not like the Fender edition. I just never been a fan of Fender guitars or their Vintage color schemes like the burst on the dash. I really like the new chop top look tho it looks pretty rad!