Herbie, that loveable Volkswagen Beetle that starred in a series of Disney movies, was at least ostensibly a race car. The latest Beetle special edition from Volkswagen, the just-for-Spain Beetle Edition 53, on the other hand, is all sizzle and no steak. The Edition 53 package carries stripes, "53" numbers, and is expressly not available with the turbocharged engine; you know, the engine that would actually lend an air of raciness to the Beetle's performance.

There is some actual substance to the Edition 53 apart from its spiffy appearance. Standard wheels are 17-inchers, and gears can be swapped by a six-speed DSG. Tire pressure monitoring and Park Pilot parking assistance system are also part of the package. Prices range from 22,090 euros for the Beetle Edition 53 with 1.2 liter TSI four cylinder, and steps through 23,770 euros for a 1.6 liter TDI, 26,150 for a 2.0 liter TDI and the 2.0 TDI with 6-speed DSG will set you back 27,980 euros.

Why Spain is the only market to get this neo-Herbie is a question that hasn't been addressed, but maybe Volkswagen felt that the George Bruns theme music for the original 1968 movie had an "Espana, Verano de Amor" feel to it.


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      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I would not want to own Herbie, I wonder why VW doesn't sell these every year, everywhere, in limited quantities. (Maybe Disney somehow doesn't have the rights to Herbie in Spain?) I think there are plenty of people who would like the recognizable decal job that probably costs VW about $15. Any non-cosmetic changes on this edition are really unnecessary.
        New Beetle
        • 3 Months Ago *Edited*
        @The Wasp
        They did in 1998 they made 500 of them and in 1999 they made 511 of them  https://plus.google.com/u/1/photos/yourphotos?hl=en&pid=6051359958001960098&oid=106988040252396453704
      Greg Haverford
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ostensibly it should be rather easy to secure the decal package to add to your Turbo Beetle, if so moved. Stinks that they aren't selling it 1) with the turbo engine, and 2) in the US, but if this floats your boat it should be a pretty cheap and easy add.
      New Beetle
      • 3 Months Ago

      Here is a real 1999 New Beetle 53 edition 

      The dealers made only 511 of these in 1999

      This is a full documented car from Volkswagen even the original certificate. 

      A partial repaint was done to the car in 2014 and new stripes were put back on 

      https://plus.google.com/u/1/photos/yourphotos?hl=en&pid=6051359958001960098&oid=106988040252396453704

      razorpit
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical VW. Come out with a cool idea, fall woefully short on the execution, and by all means keep it from the NA market. It's things like this that make me believe VW hates NA. I worked closely with BMW Motorrad a few years ago and they would do the same stuff...
        Xantia10000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @razorpit
        I'd actually argue the opposite: seems like America hates VW. For decades VW has offered US customers "cool" concepts, but it seems nobody bought them. I'm thinking things like Corrado, MK4 & 5 R32, Touareg V10 TDI, Passat W8 Variant manual, etc. But everyone is now buying the "boring" stuff like new Jetta and Passat. Volkswagen isn't in business to love or hate: it's in it to make money. They figured out what the market wants, and it seems we want cheap appliances. I think we're the ones to blame...
          razorpit
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Xantia10000
          Those are and were "cool concepts" but everyone of them for the time was way too expensive compared to other vehicles in their class to have any hopes of high volume sales. In fact none of the vehicles you mentioned were meant to set sales records. Look what is today, Jetta's and Passat's. Why? Because they are relatively affordable for what they offer. Here is a vehicle that would cost no more to manufacture than a standard Beetlle, and in this case unfortunately I do mean standard. A regular Turbo Beetle would cost more than this.
      CB
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw one of these on the road here in central Pennsylvania. Had a 53 logo on the driver's side too.
      PeterJohn Catt?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chop it. Weld in a custom ladder frame by Morrison (perhaps with Panamera suspension) and install a Panamera V8Turbo (looks like there's room enough up front) - then call it Ocho Turbo - get it.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      No Turbo? Is not the TSI turbocharged and supercharged?
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      lad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Keep rounding off the body and it will becomes a Porsche Peddle Car.
      ChrisH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well we have only to wait to the end of the month to see what the VW fifties, sixties, and seventies, packages will be. When the convertible debuts there are supposed to three style packages that cover colors and interior materials to give a "feeling" of those particular generations of VW Beetles. My only problem with the current Beetle line up is that HID and such are not options available to the diesel models.
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