Newest VW California Camper Van Is the All-in-One Beach Cruiser

VW’s latest camper isn’t coming to the U.S., but it’s still a comfy little machine.

byPeter Holderith| PUBLISHED Mar 1, 2023 9:00 AM
Newest VW California Camper Van Is the All-in-One Beach Cruiser

Volkswagen released this week a new version of its short-wheelbase camper van ahead of their other van, you know. A trim of the Transporter 6.1, it's called the Surf. It is, for all intents and purposes, a little home on four wheels. Minus the toilet.

It has a small kitchen, a pop-up top, and fold-down seats to sleep up to four. It's powered by a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine powering to the front wheels through a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission.

The Surf is not the fanciest Transporter 6.1 camper van out there, but it still costs a pretty penny. Prices start at a hair over $82,000 (£68,234). That is if you can even buy one. As we've reported in the past, VW doesn't have much interest in selling its camper vans stateside. It would cost too much to federalize them and the market is surprisingly small, even in Europe.

Just because we may never see one stateside, doesn't mean it's not super cool. Its kitchen features a two-burner stove, and the interior with its swiveling driver and passenger seats is an interesting place to be. It's a little home on wheels that would be perfect for weekend getaways with a small family or a group of friends. America is the road trip capital of the world, and not having this here still seems like a miss, whatever VW says.

Other features include a sensor suite to help you tow a trailer, a little stainless steel sink to wash up in, and heated seats for a more comfortable driving experience. If you live in the U.K., the Surf is available to order now.

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