Volkswagen invited me (and 1107B) to take part in a week-long press event in Las Vegas and Palm Springs, where reporters came in to test drive the new Beetle Dune. After driving the Dune, I didn’t thing anyone would be interested driving an 11 car (particularly in the freezing rain in Pahrump), but, as usual, I was wrong.
At least 1107B has a windshield (1107A does not), so a number of folks layered-up and took the car out for a spin, and the reviews were pretty positive.
Everything kicked off with a briefing at the Vdara on Tuesday, then it was off to drive the cars.
I actually got to drive the convertible model from Vegas to Pahrump and back while Chris Stahl of VW did a phoner in the passenger seat.
No, I did not take it off any sweet jumps.
From there it was off to Palm Springs, me by plane, the cars at the hands of international automotive writers. I got there first. Winning! Also, that’s James Halfacre right there making both cars look awesome.
VW put on a fantastic event and the PR team were wonderful hosts. This greeted me in my room. I wasn’t sure whether to eat it or just admire it (I eventually ate it).