Volkswagen presents the Beetle 53 Edition inspired by Herbie

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 8, 2012

A Herbie-themed Volkswagen Beetle is the latest in a series of special-edition models to come from the automaker. Herbie the Love Bug, which will be making a comeback in Spain, is the inspiration for the Volkswagen Beetle 53 Edition. Herbie, a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that had its own mind and could drive by itself, is a true movie star.

Google, Volvo, and other companies are presently developing technologies that may mean that there could be a real Herbie driving around soon. Similar to the classic ’63 Beetle, the new 53-Edition Beetle carries the number 53, and features red, white, and blue off-center stripes on one side of the hood. Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels as well as parking sensors and on the glovebox, there’s a reference to the special-edition model.

It is powered by any of three engines: a 1.2-liter unit that delivers about 100 hp as well as 1.6- and 2.0-liter diesels. Volkswagen has also recently released the Fender edition for U.S. customers, with an enhanced sound system and special interior trim. There had also been the Euro-spec Beetle R-Line, which is a trim package that may get to the U.S. market on either the 2013 Beetle or 2014 Beetle.

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