Although offered with an optional turbocharged engine and even the ultra-rare VR6-powered RS model, the previous-generation Volkswagen New Beetle could never quite totally shake its “chick car” image. The 2012 model has a shape and styling designed to appeal to a broader demographic, with VW specifically targeting a greater male market share. But if VW’s factory options aren’t distinctive or aggressive enough for you, German tuner Abt has you covered.
On the outside, the Abt Beetle features headlight “eyelids,” taillight covers and a rear license plate surround (apparently for the long, skinny Euro-style plates. To add additional styling flair, Abt offers a graphics package that includes carbon-look vinyl, and a red surround around the the side windows. Abt also offers an optional rear decklid spoiler.
For those more interested in performance than appearance, Abt offers an ECU upgrade that nets 40 more horsepower for the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, bringing the total to 240 hp. In addition to the engine software tuning, Abt offers a dual-outlet sport exhaust, and a suspension package designed to improve handling. Buyers can choose wheel sizes between 18 and 20 inches. To complement the new rolling stock, as well as improve braking performance, the Abt braking package includes new black-painted calipers with the company’s logo.