As one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger vans, the VW microbus gave rise to forward control competitors in the United States in the 1960s, including the Ford Econoline, the Dodge A100, and the Chevrolet Corvair 95 Corvan, the latter adopting the Type 2's rear-engine configuration. This custom-built stretch version by Aspen247 is currently on sale for $220,000. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Volkswagen's GTI Roadster Concept debuted in Gran Turismo 6, but a real working model of the car was unveiled this week at the LA Auto Show. At 3,133-pounds, this sporty 4MOTION all-wheel-drive car is powered by a 3.0L bi-turbocharged V6 that delivers 503-horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, mated to a a 7-speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission. It goes from 0-60mph (96km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 192mph (309km/h). Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the first real Apple Store in London.
Momir Bojic, a 56-year-old auto enthusiast from Bosnia, recently showcased his unique Volkswagen Beetle, which is made almost entirely from wood. This idea came to him approximately 9-years-ago, and took him an entire year to make it a reality. This is not museum piece, but rather a real drivable vehicle, complete with wooden steering wheel, hub caps, and even dashboard. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a magical sunset at Norway's Mt. Torghatten.
What happens when you combine Lamborghini doors, the body of a Maserati MC12 and the engine of a Ducati Superlegerra V2 bike? The Volkswagen XL Sport. Its a 1199cc 197hp V-Twin engine, transplanted from a Ducati racing bike can rev up to 11,000 rpm, with a top speed of 168mph (270 km/h) and a 0-100km/h time of 5.7 seconds. No word yet on pricing or availability. Continue reading for a video shot at the Paris Motor Show, more images and additional information.
We've featured the DoubleBack before, but it's always nice to see something that makes great use of space. DoubleBack basically took a standard Volkswagen T5 Transporter van and then added an exclusive pod package, which stays tucked up inside the back of the vehicle when on the road. However, once the driver decides to settle down someplace, it electrically extends out of the rear in under 45 seconds, adding approximately two meters (6.5 feet) of useable interior space. There are also two legs that fold out from the bottom of the pod, enabling it to support up 600 kilograms (1,323 lbs). Continue reading for more cool products.
When vehicles in Gran Turismo become a reality, you get concepts like the stunning Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision. This roaster isn't just for looks, it boasts a 503-hp, twin-turbocharged V6 that powers all four wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. VW estimates that if it fired up the Roadster it could hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and top out around 192 mph. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
Why get a glitzy custom paint job, when you can just cover your car in wood? That's exactly what Bosnian auto enthusiast Momir Bojic, 71, made from over 50,000 separate pieces of oak. He spent more than 2-years covering the bodywork of a regular Beetle in thousands of oak tiles, each one of which required no fewer than 23 separate procedures. Plus, he also made all of the wooden fittings, including the steering wheel, gearstick, hubcaps, and radio, in his home workshop. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see 10 game-changing pizza inventions.
We may still be a decade away from real flying / hover cars hitting the streets, but here's another look at Volkswagen's interesting concept. Designed by student Wang Jia, it's a wheel-less pod that uses electromagnetic levitation to float just above the road. Her dream is to help decongest the roadways in her hometown of Chengdu in China's Sichuan province. Continue reading to see it in-action and for more information.
Here's another look at the Volkswagen XL1, the world's most efficient car. This two-seat diesel-electric hybrid car emits 24 g/km of carbon dioxide and can achieve fuel efficiency of 313 miles per gallon. It was designed from scratch and is lightweight as some steel components, including the chassis, have been replaced by carbon fiber so that the car weighs in at just 795kg. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Volkswagen first started offering "pop tops" on its camper vans over thirty years ago, and since then, the soft-sided interior height-extenders have become a common sight on the company's vans parked in campgrounds all around the world. Introducing the Transporter T5 DoubleBack by Welsh-based Overlander Motorhomes. Featuring a sliding insulated pod that extends the interior length of Volkwagen's T5 Transporter van in under 45-seconds. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.