Catching the Desert Bug

Edgy. Flare. Attitude. Tough. Perhaps the most unique Beetle design to date, Volkswagen graced 2016 with a modern street going dune buggy: quite literally, the Beetle Dune.

Built for those who want a hard edge Beetle, the making of the Dune was supposedly inspired by the swarming of the Baja bugs in California deserts during the late 60s.

IMG_0134Most of the Dune is established in cosmetic upgrades, so it’s best that you don’t try to run it in the next desert Baja race. However, it does feature an upgraded and raised suspension -about .4 inches- to add to the dune buggy look.

Cosmetically, the Dune features exclusive black bumpers and air intakes, large rear spoiler, Dune striping, black lower trim that commemorates old buggy running boards, airbrushed silver inserts, black wheel well trim, black and silver mirrors, fog lights, and LED taillights. The car is available in three colors: Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, and a unique Sandstorm Yellow.


Inside is just as unique. Exclusive cloth and leatherette seating surfaces are a two-tone Dune gray/black with Yellow contrast stitching and piping throughout. Standard tech in the Dune features a 6.3-inch Composition Color touch screen, MIB II infotainment system, backup camera, and Park Distance Control. A special Dune badge sits at the bottom of the steering wheel, and ours was fitted with a Dune Technology Package that included a sunroof, climate control, keyless entry with push button start, and premium Fender sound system. A Lightning Package is also available (ours was equipped with such) that includes Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED rear license plate light.


Powered by a 1.8L TSI DOHC 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, the Dune certainly has a bit of pep producing 170 horsepower, but unfortunately lacks all-wheel drive. An automatic trans with Sport and manual modes in the only option available.

IMG_0194If you love this timeless bug, but want a bit of edge and toughness, the Beetle Dune is for you.

Go check out our blog on another 2016 special edition Bug, here!

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