According to a recent report, Volkswagen will unveil the Beetle R at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

According to Car & Driver, Volkswagen will unveil the Beetle R at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Nothing is official, but sources have told the magazine the high-performance model will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with approximately 240 PS (177 kW / 237 hp). If that is correct, the output is less than the Golf R's 270 PS (199 kW / 266 hp) but more than the 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp) offered in the Beetle Turbo.

Additionally, the model is expected to feature front-wheel drive, a sport-tuned suspension and the usual styling tweaks.

A Beetle R convertible is also under consideration, but Volkswagen is still evaluating if demand would be sufficient to put it into production.

Special thanks to Luis Baston of Kane Design for the renderings!

Gallery: Volkswagen Beetle R headed for Frankfurt debut - report