What’s lurking under the hood? Well, while Volkswagen avoided giving a direct answer to that question, the Germans outlined their intentions by saying that the Beetle R is the third variation of the ‘R’ family after the Golf R (199 kW / 270 PS) and Scirocco R (195 kW / 265 PS), both of which use a 2.0-liter TFSI four-banger.
VW added, "as an “R”, the Beetle could demonstrate a performance potential similar to that of the Golf R and Scirocco R," which pretty much answers our question, meaning that if or rather when, the Beetle R enters production, it will most likely be powered by the same powertrain delivering somewhere between 260 and 270-horses.
“Concept You gives you a good indication of what you can expect from our next large sedan,” said Volvo CEO, Stephen Jacoby,. “The blend of contemporary Scandinavian design, exquisite craftsmanship and intuitive technology will appeal to luxury car buyers all over the world,” he added.
“The most valuable input has been used in the development of Concept You,” says Horbury. “This car features a more daring profile, while the front moves towards a more classic Volvo look.”
The cabin features a clean and minimal design with the control center comprising of four main areas: a digital Driver Information Monitor, a HUD (head-up display) on the windscreen, a touch-screen in the upper part of the center console and another one between the two rear seats.
"We used a number of touch screens to replace buttons and controls," says Horbuury. "Smart phones and pads have brought mobile infotainment into the new era. The technology helps us to create a refreshingly uncluttered interior.”
Another innovation is the Alpine sound system which features the “FreshAir” subwoofer, a technology not yet in production that uses air outside the car to optimize the car’s occupants’ listening experience.
The Concept You also demonstrates the carmaker’s new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) that will be used on a variety of vehicles together with a new range of downsized engines.
Named the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale, the special edition model is based on the race cars that participate in the one-make Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship.
The Super Trofeo Stradale’s uprated V10, along with a reduced weight of 1,340 kg, enables the latest version of the Gallardo to sprint from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and 200 km/h (125 mph) only 10.4 seconds later, while its top speed is rated at 320 km/h (200 mph).
Like the racecar, the street version uses an electronically controlled six-speed semi-automatic gearbox controlled by steering-wheel mounted paddles that powers all four wheels that are wrapped around Pirelli P-Zero Corsa-shod. The Trofeo Stradale also features a “Thrust Mode” for maximum acceleration from a standstill – in other words, Lamborghini’s version of a launch control system.
Like the Superleggera, the Trofeo Stradale’s suspension and steering are tuned for giving the driver the closest experience to a racecar possible. Braking is taken care by 365 and 356 mm front and rear discs respectively, with 380 and 356 mm carbon-ceramic brakes. A tubular roll cage, four-point seat belts and a fire extinguisher also feature on the options list.
The Trofeo Stradale also features a matte black finish on the large, race-inspired rear spoiler, the easily removed engine hood and the air intakes while the rear diffuser, mirror housings and rocker panels are made of carbon fiber.