California dreamin’ with VW’s camper van

Volkswagen has released the details of its new, limited edition California camper van, designed in conjunction with outdoor gear brand Berghaus.

The model will be called the California Berghaus, and only 80 are to be made.

As well as all the California’s standard equipment and space for four ‘residents’, the Berghaus edition also features a bike rack, a side-mounted awning and waterproof seat covers, all of which is great news for outdoor types.

Special two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels, however, might not be such a good thing if campers’ destinations involve potentially stony fields.

Each vehicle also comes with a ‘Berghaus Pack’ to help buyers make sure that they’re prepared for life outdoors. It includes a Berghaus ‘Freeflow 25’ rucksack, two ‘Flare’ sleeping bags, gloves, hats, insulated mugs, a travel water bottle, a flask and a map case.

Sadly, though, the Kendal mint cake has been overlooked.

There is just one engine choice, called the BiTDI, which pushes out 178bhp and returns 36.2mpg with a careful mix of driving.

Priced at £47,995 on the road, the Bergaus isn’t cheap. But owners will be almost guaranteed exclusivity on the campsite, and they can also rest assured that they’re using what VW calls the “ultimate vehicle for exploring and enjoying the outdoors in comfort and style”.