If you want a Volkswagen Beetle that does more than get noticed, then you should try ABT Sportsline’s tuned-up Beetle Limousine 5CO. Considered a rival to the Beetle R, the German tuner made tweaks to the 2.0-liter turbo-engine-enabled Volkswagen model, and added 40 horsepower.
There is a front spoiler, wheels that ranges from 18-20 inches in diameter, and oval tailpipes that boost aggression. It also boasts mean-looking headlight covers and a carbon-look deco set with red trim.
Meet ABT Sportsline’s New Beetle
Compared to its mass-consumption vehicle predecessor, Herbie, the Beetle Limousine 5CO has a tweaked 2-liter turbo-engine control unit that can yield 176 kW. To make it more appropriate in the fast lane, it also has an extra ABT Power of 40 PS that a driver can really feel on whatever road and using whatever gear. Running on 240 horsepower, the exhaust system includes two oval ABT rear mufflers.
Meanwhile, the design elements turn this tuned-up car from something unusual to a cheeky and dynamic sports car. Originally from Kempten, the Beetle is Herbie’s real great-grandson. The everyday car has a combined retro and modern design because of its carbon-look deco set. Also highlighting the car’s charming individuality are the headlight covers that give it a more aggressive look.
Other than that, ABT Sportsline’s Beetle Limousine 5CO has rear light covers and a license plate insert that lend the rear end more originality. The front spoiler is an indication that it is a sports car that will never get off the ground. Its 18-20 inch sports tires, with their powerful DR and CR designs, make the car look more perfect. The whole unit is completed by ABT’s brake system and suspension springs, which make corner turns even better.
Unfortunately, the car offers only embroidered interior mats, and ABT has yet to release any performance figures for the upgraded Beetle. Australian industry website Car Sales estimates that the car is capable of clocking 0-1000 km/h sprints in a 6-seconds bracket. Thus, the vehicle should emit a favorable exhaust note, as ABT is known to bin the standard exhaust in favor of its oval rear mufflers’ free-flow system.
The vehicle is available for order either individually or as a comprehensive makeover unit. What makes the Beetle Limousine 5CO even better is that ABT Sportsline allows potential buyers to configure their own Beetle.