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First Coast Gears: The Volkswagen Beetle gets its groove on with 2013 Fender Edition

9:53 AM, Jun 9, 2012   |    comments
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1974 Super Beetle
Picture of the author's 1974 Super Beetle at the University of Delaware.

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My first car was a 1974 Super Beetle. One of the first changes I made was supplementing the AM radio with an under-dash slide out Pioneer Supertuner. Next was installing four aftermarket speakers to replace the single speaker.

Anyone who remembers the original air-cooled Beetle knows the sound system wasn't one of its big selling points.

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How times have changed.  This fall, Volkswagen is bringing a Beetle Fender Edition into the U.S. with what it claims will be a "concert-quality" Fender audio system. Yep, we're talking same the same American company that makes the iconic guitars and amplifiers that have been used by the likes of the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and other rock legends.

The Fender premium audio system first debuted in the Jetta GLI in the U.S., winning CNET.com's "best-sounding car stereo" award.

The system is made up of four tweeters, two twin speakers, two rear speakers and one subwoofer. It's powered by a 10-channel amplifier that puts out 400 watts of system power. Although Fender gets top billing, the speakers are actually using Panasonic speaker technology, according to Volkswagen.

The sound system is just the beginning. This Beetle also comes with custom interior and exterior styling touches, including the quintessential sunburst color of Fender guitars running across the length of the dashboard. Outside, you have one color choice: Deep Black Metallic to set off those brushed chrome exterior mirrors, Fender logos and 18- aluminum-alloy wheels with disc styling. The Beetle Fender Edition also gets the 200-horsepower two-liter turbo and Bi-Xenon headlights.

While a new special edition is nice, the big news for the 2013 Beetle is expected to come out of the Los Angeles auto show in November. Multiple automotive outlets, including Car & Driver and Left Lane News, are reporting that's when the 2013 Beetle convertible is expected to be unveiled. 

No word yet on whether a Fender Edition droptop will be offered but what a great top down cruising option that would make.

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