0-62 mph takes just 5.2 seconds in this modified Beetle.
The iconic Volkswagen Beetle may no longer be in production, but that hasn't stopped Berlin-based tuning company B&B AutomobilTechnik from giving the humble Bug a massive power boost. Whereas Volkswagen recently converted the old-school Beetle into an electric car, B&B AutomobilTechnik has given the modern Beetle Convertible the tuning treatment.
In stock form, the Beetle's 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 gas engine generates a modest 174 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, but the German tuner has increased the Beetle's output to a more impressive 375 hp and 387 lb-ft of torque. That's a lot more power than you get in the current Volkswagen Golf R hot hatch, which has 292 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. This considerable power boost was achieved by installing a larger turbo, improved air intake, and an engine software remap among other changes.
With these modifications, 0-62 mph in the Beetle Convertible now takes 5.2 seconds – that's 1.5 seconds less than the standard model. 0-124 mph now takes 17.8 seconds, which is eight seconds faster than the regular version, and top speed has increased to 155 mph, up from 144 mph.
Thanks to the tuner's spring set, the Beetle Convertible rides 1.2 inches lower to the ground, and a KW coilover suspension and high-performance brakes are also available to improve the handling. B&B AutomobilTechnik is also offering a choice of 20-, 18-, and 19-inch wheels, but these upgrades all cost extra.
The tuner's Stage 4 tune kit will set you back €9,950 ($10,992), but a Kat sports exhaust will cost an extra €998 ($1,103), which is also available with a €1,498 ($1,655) sound booster. Alternatively, a racing exhaust system can be fitted for €2,950 ($3,259). A Stage 3 kit is also available for €3,950 ($4,364) and increases the power to 321 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, while the Stage 2 kit produces 296 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque and costs €1,498 ($1,655).