Volkswagen is a major automaker that has designed, produced, and distributed some of the most iconic and recognizable vehicles that have debuted in the auto industry to date 一including the Volkswagen Beetle, the Volkswagen Rabbit, the Volkswagen Jetta, and many other models. For the 2021 model year, Volkswagen is back with their Enthusiast Fleet to show off unique versions of some of their most impressive models. Keep reading to learn more about the VW Enthusiast Fleet and its latest addition一the 2021 Arteon ‘Big Sur’ concept vehicle.
What is the Enthusiast Fleet?
Volkswagen’s Enthusiast Fleet is a series of vehicle models that start out as standard Volkswagen models but are transformed into brand-new visions of their original models. These transformed vehicle models might feature a finely-tuned suspension or be carefully wrapped in a rare color inside and out.
The point of the Volkswagen Enthusiast Fleet is to showcase the true potential of Volkswagen vehicle models that remains untapped for most Volkswagen drivers who choose to purchase the standard, garden-variety version of the VW model they drive. The unique models in the Enthusiast Fleet can be attained by average drivers who choose to customize their Volkswagen vehicles with alternative parts, add-on packages, etc.
Generally, Volkswagen tours car shows across the United States to show off the vehicles in their Enthusiast Fleet. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Volkswagen did not get a chance to showcase their Enthusiast Fleet at any car shows in 2020. However, the VW Enthusiast Fleet is making up for lost time and is back with a bang for 2021. Keep reading to learn more about the latest reveal from the 2021 Volkswagen Enthusiast Fleet.
About the Arteon ‘Big Sur’
The Volkswagen Arteon is a mid-size passenger sedan that joined the VW lineup for the 2019 model year. It is designed to be an elegant sedan with an upscale look and feel and sporty style and drive performance. For the 2021 model year, the Arteon underwent multiple updates and upgrades to help it keep up with current style trends and modern standards for technology in new vehicles一making this vehicle one of the more exciting models in the current Volkswagen lineup. The Arteon’s updates and new features for 2021 are likely why Volkswagen chose to include a modified Arteon model within its 2021 Enthusiast Fleet.
The Arteon ‘Big Sur’ that is included within Volkswagen’s Enthusiast Fleet for 2021 is aptly named after a stretch of California’s central coast that is bordered by the lush green Santa Lucia Mountains on one side and the bright blue Pacific Ocean on the other. Big Sur is a very popular hiking and camping destination, and beautiful views of the mountain and the coastline along this stretch can also be seen from California highway State Route 1.
Volkswagen intended the Arteon ‘Big Sur’ to be striking, and it most certainly is just that. The Arteon ‘Big Sur’ is wrapped in forest green vinyl that is inspired by the beauty of the mountain foliage along the stretch of California coastline for which this concept vehicle is named.
The wrap on the Arteon ‘Big Sur’ pays incredible attention to detail. Its installation process took between 50 and 60 hours and required the removal of the doors, hood, and trunk lid of the Arteon. The forest green vinyl wrap covers the entire exterior of the Arteon ‘Big Sur’ as well as the sedan’s interior door jambs and side body pieces in order to ensure a unified look inside and out for this concept vehicle.
The Arteon ‘Big Sur’ concept vehicle is a 2021 Arteon SEL Premium R-Line model. Aside from its forest green vinyl wrap that gives this sedan a striking new look, the Arteon ‘Big Sur’ also features a modified front fascia and a coil-over suspension that lowers its body by 1.5 inches. It is also equipped with upgraded glossy black, 20-inch Rotiform TUF-R cast monoblock wheels that put an impressive finishing touch on this striking concept vehicle.
If you’re interested in seeing this impressive concept vehicle for yourself, keep a lookout for the Arteon ‘Big Sur’ at automotive events around the United States throughout 2021.