Check Out The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible Live

I’ve got one more day with this 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune convertible, and I thought that before a full review, you nice people might like some time with it live–well, as live as possible with current technology. You can’t really taste it, yet.

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The Dune is interesting in that it’s the first car put out by a major automaker to commemorate a famous work of science fiction: in this case, it’s Frank Herbert’s Nebula award-winning novel, Dune.


Technically, VW has yet to confirm this, but the one I have seems to be one of the limited-run Frank Herbert Signature Series ones, because it has Frank Herbert’s signature right there on the dash.

There’s a few other interesting Arrakis-related touches in the car, which I’ll be happy to point out to everyone.

So, join me in checking out this latest re-imagining of the Beetle! I’ll try to do my best to address every question I can, so please, ask away!

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1973 Reliant Scimitar, 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!)

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Should have just let your wife drive it and give the review so we could at least get the thoughts from someone who could actually own and drive this.

Clearly no man would ever purchase a new beetle - and I’m pretty sure I’ve never even seen another male until your video driving one.

100% chick car. In this Dune theme, dirty mustard color scheme, not sure what kind of chick, but still a chick car.

But I did like the “rear engine”, that at least gives it a little more street cred!