Maybe you want a Volkswagen Beetle that does more than merely get noticed. Maybe you want a Beetle that... provokes. If so, you need to give German tuner ABT Sportsline a call.

Tweaks are made to the 2.0-liter turbo that add 40 horsepower. A front spoiler, wheels anywhere from 18 to 20 inches, and oval tailipes boost the aggression. Headlight covers make it look mean, and the "carbon-look deco set" with red trim makes it unforgettable.

The result is the Beetle Limousine 5CO, and if you're a configurating kind of guy, then ABT will let you toy around with the options. Otherwise there's a press release if you scroll below and a high-res gallery above.
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Think small and very fast: The new ABT Beetle

Its predecessor was an evergreen, a mass-consumption vehicle, both in Germany and worldwide. The Beetle was dependable and robust, it looked nice and was very distinct. Incidentally, it was also a sportsman and film star, if you will, and this potential for a cult following is what characterises its successor as well, especially when tuned by ABT Sportsline.

The traditional company from the Allgäu has been involved in "breeding beetles" for decades now. Way back, the basis was disrespectfully called "creepy-crawly", but the new model is much improved over its predecessor: In the ABT Beetle, the 2 litre turbo engine's 240 hp (176 kW) is the right thing for the fast lane. Compared with the standard model, this is an extra ABT POWER of 40 PS (29 kW) you can really feel – on whatever road and in whatever gear. And this extra power is what the 1965 Beetle had to show in all, mind you! So this new speedy car asserts itself wherever it goes. Don't only think small – drive fast, too! The exhaust system includes two oval ABT rear mufflers. An ABT Beetle is an everyday athlete and makes driving a real pleasure. The design elements turn this unusual car into a cheeky and dynamic sports car before you have even started the engine.

The Beetle from Kempten is a car you can use every day but also a real grand-grandson of Herbie's: The carbon-look deco set is both retro and modern. It highlights the car's charming individuality. The headlight covers make it look more aggressive. Rear light covers and a license plate insert lend the rear end more originality. The front spoiler signals that this beautiful sports car will never get off the ground. To make the Beetle's looks even more perfect, we recommend ABT wheels in their powerful DR or CR designs, which are fully in line with the Beetle's silhouette and contours. These wheels are available from 18'' to 20'' and also in conjunction with the right sport tyres. This visual unit is completed by the ABT brake system, which you can tell by its black painted callipers bearing the ABT Logo. This turns the Beetle's base into an eye-catcher, too. And ABT suspension springs make it corner even better. All these upgrades make the new Beetle a... well-rounded thing.


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      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like what a Mexican pro wrestler would roll up in.
      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's like having Justin Bieber play John McClane in the next Die Hard movie....
      Brian E Parker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Herbie looks angry
      oRenj9
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only a 40hp bump? There are several ECU reflashes that will have no problem bumping the horsepower to 260. So, you're paying how much money for a bunch of stupid red pin striping?
      SumYunGie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me - or does this thing look like it came straight out of "Cars"? It looks like it has a face and everything...
      hevace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Angry mouse in clown makeup.
      Penza2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      The angry eyes for headlights are amusing.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Randy Ward
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lame effort, especially by ABT. Show the real product instead of using platforms like this as your focus group whether to actually pull the trigger and develop the car.
      stratosrally
      • 2 Years Ago
      This would look miles better in solid black... the headlight covers, wheels, aero bits, exhaust tips, and windshield header strip all can stay. Actually, most any solid color would be fine with me!
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      240hp isn't even up to snuff with the lowest rating GM's 2.0T puts out, and the American engineers back their product for 100,000 miles.
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        It's a v-dub man. Talk to any fanboi and he'll tell you that this thing is underrated and produces like 350HP.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @oRenj9
          Talk to any fanboy about anything and they'll tell you it's underrated.
      clquake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is there some reason they can't give us photos of a real modified car instead of a textbook photoshop horror?
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