Tuning

This 'Chick-Car' is Faster Than You Think

Mcchip-DKR upgrades too-cute Beetle to 256 horsepower.

The line is pretty clear cut: when girls head into aVolkswagen dealership, they make a beeline to the overly-sweet New Beetle, withits eccentric, retro design and soft, cushy lines. Guys, on the other hand, will optfor the Golf, preferably in GTI or R trim. Well, what if that too-cute Beetlehad its 2.0-liter TSI engine tuned to higher performance, making 256 horsepowerand 269 lb-ft of torque? That’s what German tuner Mcchip-DKRSoftwarePerformance decided to find out.

Beyond the engine tuning, this Beetle also receives severalABT Sportsline parts, like new wheels, headlight covers (“eyelids”), bumperinserts and a new, oval-tipped exhaust system. OK, these may not be themanliest parts that could have been tacked on, but they sure make this VW a lotmore appealing than your run-of-the-mill neon pink example – one that may be alittle bit less emasculating for you to drive.

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