VW’s sell-out California Beach campervan is back… and potentially selling out, again.

It seems that customers who missed out on the California Beach Limited Edition run are quickly snapping up this new 2021 model.

It was only a month ago that we reported the previous limited-edition run of California Beaches for Australia sold out on the same day it went on sale. Now, VW Australia has introduced the model as a full-time member of the 2021 T6.1 Transporter range to appease campers, tourers and grey nomad wanderers.

You can build and buy your own at VW’s Australian website here.

VW Kombi California Beach Australia field camping

VW says that since going on sale 24 hours ago, almost 30 of the new 2021 California Beach models have sold. While this permanent line doesn’t have a cap (like the limited edition), it will become a longer and longer wait as orders pile in.

Unlike the limited edition run, you can choose different options and drivetrains. So far, 16 have been specified with retro two-tone body style paint – nine in the white/copper-bronze hue you see above. NineteenCalifornia Beaches have also been with the TDI450 4MOTION all-wheel drivetrain – 10 of those ‘fully-loaded’ with all of the equipment you need. (And not just beds and linen, we’re talking about digital driver dashes and all of the good stuff VW packs into passenger cars for this new T6.1 van update).

Like the limited edition model, pricing starts at $82,990 before on-road costs, but will now be available with all-wheel drive (4Motion) in TDI340 and TDI450 guises. The TDI340 is a 2.0-litre turbo diesel producing 110kW of power and 340Nm of torque, while the TDI450 produces 146kW and 450Nm, both using a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. Each can is all-wheel drive ($86,990 and $92,990 respectively), though only the 340 comes in front-wheel drive also.

As we’ve seen with the California already, the van is ready to tour and camp, equipped with flexible five-seat seating inside, table, kitchenette and lounge chairs, and is also equipped upfront with digital screens that seamlessly connect with Apple and Android phones for playing tunes. And for longer stays, there’s a pop-up tent on the roof.

Additional to the standard equipment is an Off-Road package with diff lock on AWD models, Appearance package with nicer interior trim materials and technology, and a Driver Assistance pack with adaptive dampers.

Available to order now, expected deliveries will begin from November this year.

2021 California Beach price

California Beach TDI340 – $82,990

California Beach TDI340 4Motion – $86,990

California Beach TDI450 4Motion – $92,99

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