With summer finally here, Volkswagen has seen to it that the Beetle Dune concept hit the road in sunny Sylt, Germany.  Originally making its first public appearance in January at this year's Detroit Auto Show, the Beetle Dune features a ride height that is 50mm taller than its production counterpart, large all-terrain tires, and a rear mounted ski-rack like those installed on many classic Beetles.  The Dune is powered by a 2.0 TSI that is identical to that used in the road-going Beetle, and routed through a six-speed DSG Gearbox and sending power to the front wheels.

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The Volkswagen Beetle Dune concept brought a splash of summer sunshine to a cold and wintry Michigan in January when it made its debut at the Detroit motor show.  It’s now made a reappearance on the road in sunny Sylt, Germany, and while it remains a concept car, everything about it is feasible – it is practically a production vehicle.

This Volkswagen was made for fun on any terrain: the body has been raised by 50 mm compared with a standard Beetle, while 19-inch wheels with large tyres lend an all-terrain look.  A rear-mounted ski-rack is reminiscent of those fitted to classic Beetles, and makes a perfect accessory for the season.  In the summer, it could hold a sandboard – the ideal accessory for surfing the sand dunes from which the Beetle Dune takes its name.

The Beetle Dune concept is based on the current production model, using the same 210 PS turbocharged petrol engine and six-speed DSG gearbox, providing power to the front wheels.