Preview: 2012 Vw Beetle by ABT Sportsline

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 6, 2011

Fans of the 2012 VW Beetle would take pleasure at the attention that the model has received from tuning companies. For instance, ABT Sportsline has recently revealed that it is developing a Kempten version of the new VW Beetle.

Just last month, the VWvortex’s RS Stage I kit -- the first tuning project for the new Beetle – was unveiled. This was most composed of cosmetic modifications. Unfortunately, no one has been able to get a hold of one yet.

VWvortex sought to use a prototype version. The good thing though is that we’ve learned that plenty of Golf VI aftermarket parts fit well.

ABT is known as the world’s biggest tuner for the VW Group. General manager Hans-Jurgen Abt said that a 90hp engine was moved from a VW Bus into the Beetle. They gave it a pert bodywork, a front spoiler lip and a rear spoiler. He said that the car is “real fun to drive” especially on the windy roads in Bavaria.

He also said that he aims to keep the reputation of “stellar reliability” that it has had for more than half a century. ABT has given an estimate of the performance levels for this project.

The 1.2 TSI will be enhanced from a standard 105hp standard to 140hp. Meanwhile, the 1.4 TSI is expected to get a boost from 160hp to 201hp. Abt also said that the two-liter turbo VW has an output of 200hp or 147 kW while the ABT version will offer 230/240 hp. But when it comes to its diesel range, the 1.6 TDI will deliver 125hp rather than 105hp. The 2.0 TDI will offer 170hp rather than 140hp.

An adorable new Beetle will be hitting the roads real soon. ABT Sportsline is working overtime to create the new VW Beetle’s Kempten version.

ABT General Manager Hans-Jürgen Abt stressed how much heart and soul is involved in its development. Until now, Abt still worships his first Beetle from Wolfsburg, saying how they embedded a 90 horsepower Volkswagen Bus engine inside the Beetle. This has allowed them to create a car that was really fun to drive.

Adding to this amazing feature are the distinct spoilers and of course, the bodyworks. Abt also thinks the car is perfect to drive along windy roads, especially in Bavaria. The Managing Director nonetheless expects the same on the new Kempten version.

The ABT “Speedle” by ABT Sportline certainly has a lot of similarities from its predecessor from 50 years back. After all, a Volkswagen Beetle is known for its reliable performance.

Hans-Jürgen Abt strongly believes that any Volkswagen should still be in good running condition over the years. Abt also wants the “POWER package” to offer all-out enjoyment, usability, and reliability for its consumers. Because of this, the new ABT Sportsline Beetle goes through stringent testing, making it difficult to point out the actual performance data at the moment.

The latest ABT Sportsline Beetle also looks undeniably impressive. Beetle’s greatest asset is still the curved, smooth edged design of a classic Volkswagen vehicle. From its standard side skirts, oval-shaped exhaust pipes, rear skirt set with rear muffler, rear skirt insert and front spoiler. Obviously, no other vehicle out there comes with a very distinct design especially at the low centre.

The Beetle’s loveable “headlight brows” are also worth every second look. This charming character gave birth to 2 Walt Disney films about the Beetle. One was in 1968 (The Love Bug) and the other was a remake in 2005 (Herbie: Fully Loaded). Both movies have expressed unwavering admiration for the car and its “unique identity”.

Today, the ABT Sportsline has incorporated all the retro designs in terms of the latest accessories. And besides, the Speedy Beetle is never going to go out of style. It looks even more impressive with its 19 –inch alloy wheels and high performance tyres. Absolutely, one can only look forward to another loveable car as soon as the new Beetle comes out.

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Coming soon at ABT - The new Beetle

ABT Sportsline is currently working flat out on the Kempten version of the new VW Beetle. Plenty of heart and soul is also put into the development of the components, as Hans-Jürgen Abt underlines. After all the General Manager of the world's largest tuner of vehicles from the Volkswagen group still raves about his first "bug" from Wolfsburg: "We implanted a 90 HP engine from a VW Bus into the Beetle, and gave it a pert bodywork, front spoiler lip and a rear spoiler. The car was real fun to drive, particularly on the windy roads here in Bavaria."

The new Beetle should also be an agile fun car, so a real Speedle. Like its successful predecessor which was built over 50 years ago, it also has to be completely reliable. A Beetle runs and runs and runs – that was how it was and how it has to be in the future. "With regards to performance improvements we can only look at combining maximum enjoyment with maximum reliability and everyday usability in balanced ABT POWER packages", explains Hans-Jürgen Abt. As a result the engines of the ABT Beetle are currently undergoing extensive testing, which is why the exact performance data will only be supplied later.

These levels are realistic, based on the experience of the Development Department at ABT: with the 1.2 TSI the series standard 105 HP (77 kW) will be increased to around 140 HP (103 kW), while with the 1.4 TSI (series standard: 160 HP/118 kW) around 210 HP (154 kW) can be expected. "The two-litre turbo VW offers 200 HP or 147 kW, and we expect that the ABT version will provide 230/240 HP", says Hans-Jürgen Abt. The diesel versions of the Beetle will be economically-conscious Speedles: the 1.6 litre diesel engine will provide 125 HP (92 kW) instead of 105 HP (77 kW), and the 2.0 TDI will have 170 HP or 125 kW (series standard: 140 HP/103 kW). The ABT Performance Springs will ensure that the cool Beetle is fun to drive not just on windy Bavarian roads.

And of course the ABT Beetle is also a special car visually – the cuddly round car is a vehicle with a real edge so to speak. Its low centre of gravity shows that it is no ordinary vehicle. The front spoiler, rear skirt insert, rear skirt set with rear muffler and oval exhaust pipes, or even the side skirts underline the classic bodywork of the Beetle. With the front and rear headlight brows the car looks pleasant, fresh and sharp. Or to express it with a quote from the hit film "The Love Bug": "Hey, he's a nice little guy" – and like "Herbie" still a real winner. Since then decorative sets have been part of the Beetle, and ABT Sportsline is now linking retro styles with the latest trends, because the "Speedy-Beetle" is certainly not out of touch. It stands for the here and now and looks good on cool ABT CR wheels in a confident 19 inch size. The extravagant alloys are of course – as usual at ABT Sportsline – also available with high-performance tyres. Even though further details and a datasheet about the new ABT Beetle will only be available later, one thing is already certain: the new car will be a well-rounded package.

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