For the past three decades, adventurers have been exploring their world in the California VW camper van. To mark the occasion, VW is releasing a limited, special edition of the California, with only 999 examples being built.
Westfalia started the tradition of converting VW vans into camper vans back in 1988. In 2001, Daimler-Chrysler bought Westfalia, bringing that practice to a close. Fortunately, VW saw the value in camper vans and kept the movement going, producing their own camper vans. The special edition van uses the T6 Transporter as a base and uses the California Ocean model as inspiration.
VW added a pop-up bed and a bevy of additional details, including a numbered plaque on the B pillar, full LED headlamps, removable tow bar, and a contrast roof and wing mirrors. VW also installed its Discover Media Navigation Pro infotainment system. Drivers will also be glad to hear that they included front and rear parking sensors, side scan, cruise control, and heated seats. You can also connect your smartphone to the van via App-Connect.
The special edition California uses two 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engines as options. The first offers 150 horsepower and comes standard. You can opt for the 190 horsepower version instead and also get an all-wheel-drive 4MOTION system. Regardless of the engine, the van comes with a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.
As far as camping goes, the van comes with a kitchenette, a full-length cabin bed, plenty of storage, and an external shower.