ABT Unveils Modified Volkswagen Beetle

German tuning group ABT Sportsline has a thing for tuning Volkswagen Group products; the company offers upgrade kits for everything from the Škoda Fabia to the Audi R8. Now ABT has turned its attention to the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, offering tuning kits to extract up to 240 hp from the new hatchback.

While ABT will create tuning packages for Beetle engines not available in the U.S. market, we’re most excited about the company’s promise to extract between 230 and 240 hp from the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine. The engine makes just 200 hp in stock trim. Additionally, ABT plans to improve the 2.0-liter TDI diesel’s power output from 140 hp to 170 hp. No modifications were announced for the normally aspirated, 2.5-liter inline-five that will be the Beetle’s based engine in the U.S. market.

To match the extra power, the tuning firm is planning to launch a performance suspension kit for the new Beetle. The ABT Beetle will ride on special 19-inch wheels wearing high-performance tires. A new styling kit comprising of new fascias, side skirts, and oval exhaust tips is also included. As seen here, the car wears garish black-and-white stripes over the hood and roof, with orange accent graphics.

ABT says the Beetle performance upgrades are still under development, so full specifications and pricing won’t be released until later. Bring it on -- 240 hp in a VW Beetle sounds like a riot.

Source: ABT Sportsline

Patrick M. Hoey
ABT makes great GO!-parts for ze Volkswagens und Audis, and "aero" bits look good, too. But that vinyl work is not my taste. I hate being the guy to compare the offerings of a tuner co. to another factory model or trim, but I think the reported Beetle R would be worth waiting for as ABT is pricey and at the end of the day a third party.
Melissa
needs more low
Phil Macaluso
Can a real man drive even this Bug? Does it still have a "bud vase"?
Ray T
The light eyelids are a little too Herbie.

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