Volkswagen Goes Beetles for 2012 SEMA Aftermarket Show

On the eve of the 2012 SEMA Show, Volkswagen presented its range of customized cars that include six Beetles and one Golf Mk6 tune.

The lineup kicks off with the “Ultimate Super Beetle” show car built in collaboration with performance specialist APR and the VWvortex team. The concept is based on the 2013 Beetle Turbo with the 2.0-liter TFSI, which in factory trim, produces 200-horses.

After APR applied a long list of enhancements including an APR Stage IV GTX Turbocharger System, a high-performance intercooler system, as well as a host of Stage IV components including an ECU upgrade, high-flow cylinder head and intake manifold and high-strength coated pistons and wrist pins, output is boosted to 500hp.

To put all those ponies on the road, APR fitted the super Beetle with a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system sourced from the limited-edition Golf R, complete with an upgraded Haldex all-wheel drive race controller.

Other modifications include a DXD Racing Stage III clutch and Volkswagen Racing Short Shifter, new suspension components, some of which were sourced from the Audi TT RS, a six-piston, two-piece big brake system, 19-inch wheels, an aero package and Recaro sport seats.

VW’s SEMA Show offerings comprise four more 2013 Beetles. These include European Car Magazine’s surf-inspired “Beach Battle-Cruiser” that comes with 400-horses under its hood, FMS Automotive’s subtly tuned Beetle show car, the slammed-down Rotiform Beetle and Galpin Auto Sports'(GAS) “Chopped Top” Beetle

FMS Automotive has also prepared a classic 1956 Beetle with a ground-up restoration, while suspension specialist H&R chose a Carbon Grey Metallic 2013 Golf R as the foundation for its SEMA show concept.



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