Any person you ask about a Volkswagen Beetle can probably distinguish it from a lineup, and that is because this car has been very popular worldwide and has been around for a very long time now. Well, one thing we also know about it is that the VW will not produce a new model anytime soon, and this is why German tuner ABT Sportsline is showing us that there still is life in the aging vehicle. You might think that is just a show car, but the special Beetle Convertible is actually a commission by a managing director of a medium sized company.
Let us first talk about the droptop vehicle’s exterior, as it features a bronze wrap with a slightly matte finish that is complemented with the black logos. It then sits on a set of 19 inch wheels with five sets of double spokes and what the firm refers to as a silver bullet finish.
Because the Beetle is quite an old model, we won’t expect it to have a super powerful engine. This is why Abt decided to install engine upgrades that pushes the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder’s output to 286 horsepower (213 kilowatts) instead of the standard 217 horsepower (162 kilowatts). Along with the engine upgrade is a brake upgrade that includes six piston calipers and 14.57 inch (370 millimeter) rotors. The overall ride height has been lowered as well because of the new springs.
Inside the cabin of this Abt-modified Beetle Convertible, you will instantly notice a lot of new upgrades. The company covers the dashboard, portions of the center stack, and door panels with black leather, it even upholsters the door handles, pillars and the sun visors. The seats then feature attractive diamond stitching. To finish this off, the cabin is contrasted with carbon fiber for a sporty touch.
Going back to the regular Beetle, Volkswagen still plans to continue production of the said model, retaining its original build and specs. However, there won’t be a new model in the foreseeable future. The model’s popularity has dipped significantly in recent years, especially in the United States. This can be proven by the sales figured from last year, delivering 15,166 units for the entire year, which is down by 3.2 percent from 2016. Through April 2018, the automaker has only delivered 5,347 of them, a 1.1 percent year over year drop.
Speaking of the Beetle, rumours about the revival of the Beetle’s round shape have been going around, and it will supposed to come in a few years as a fully electric vehicle. The automaker has plans to take inspiration from the Type 2 van with the upcoming production version of the I.D. Buzz.