In the spirit of near-meaningless celebration, let's look back almost a year (eek!) to last year's Frankfurt Show, where VW unveiled the high-performance Beetle R.
Dubbed a concept but earmarked for production according to VW North America CEO Jonathan Browning in LA in November, the R Concept features the same R powertrain as the Golf R and Scirocco R, a 256-hp, 2.0-litre turbocharged four and AWD.
Atop 20-inch Talladega alloys around blue brake calipers, the exterior features a unique, larger-than-standard-Beetle front fascia, flared fenders, and a unique rear diffuser. And of course, some Serious Grey paint. Inside, it's all nappa leather sport seats and high-gloss black trim.
We don't expect the production version to be exactly like it, but we are expecting the high-output four-cylinder and AWD. When? Dunno. Hello? VW? We'd like to know when, please.