Beetle R Concept features a wide-body kit and 20-inch wheels - production model will come with 270 PS (199 kW / 266 bhp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

Volkswagen has debuted the Beetle R Concept in Los Angeles - and the automaker's North American chief has confirmed the model will make it to production.

The Beetle R Concept features a wide-body kit that widens the car by 30 mm at the front and rear bumpers, with gloss-black touches and a large rear spoiler. A rear diffuser also houses the quad-exhaust. Wheels are the 20-inch Talladega alloys.

According to a report by Autocar, Volkswagen of American chief Jonathan Browning told the British car magazine the Beetle R is indeed headed for production.

We've previously reported that the future Beetle R will feature the same 2.0 liter turbocharged unit as in the Golf R with an output of 270 PS (199 kW / 266 bhp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

Volkswagen Beetle R Concept unveiled in L.A. - will make production