Memminger Roadster 2.7 Is A Mid-Engined, High-Performance Beetle

To the chagrin of a lot of small-car lovers out there, Volkswagen has decided to kill off the Beetle. It’s a sad decision, as the nameplate is one of the oldest in the automotive industry and the car brought out a laid back side to VW, which is known for being pretty serious.

The Beetle may be dead, but that hasn’t stopped Memminger Feine-Cabrios, a German-based company, from creating its own high-performance variant.

Georg Memming, founder of Memminger, started restoring classic Beetles back in 1992. Apparently, he was pretty good at it and now, the company he founded has branched out from just doing restorations. From the looks of things, the man knows what he’s doing.

The Roadster 2.7 is aptly called that because of its air-cooled 2.7-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, which takes some inspiration from the Type 4 that powered the VW 411 and 412 models. The output is pretty impressive, as the motor is rated to 210 HP (156 kW) and 182 lb-ft (247 Nm) of torque.

Memminger Roadster 2.7

Unlike the latest Beetle, the Roadster 2.7’s motor sits in the middle of the car and is paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. The company isn’t giving away any of the vehicle’s specs, but believes that the car should be able to hit a top speed of at least 124 mph (200 km/h), so it’s not a slouch.

In addition to get an upgraded engine, the vehicle also gets disc brakes from a classic Porsche 911, reinforced suspension, lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels and chunky tires. The result is a vehicle that weighs in at just 1,763 lbs (800 kg) and should be pretty fun to throw around.

Speaking of driving, the company wanted that part to be the focus of the vehicle, so there’s not a lot in terms of amenities or electronics. There’s no multimedia system in the cabin, just a simple tachometer, speedometer, a temperature gauge, an oil pressure gauge, and an analogue clock. Memminger doesn’t want anything to take away from actually driving.

Memminger Roadster 2.7

As with other vehicles from Memminger, the Roadster 2.7 is based off of an older Beetle, but the company doesn’t state which one they’ve utilized. Our best guess is that it started off in life as a Beetle sometime between ’70 to ’79. To ensure the engine fit snugly behind the two passengers, the company lengthened the wheelbase, but shortened the overall length of the vehicle compared to a classic Beetle and also increased the width considerably.

Visually, it’s a lot more aggressive thanks to all sorts of swoops, widened components and gorgeous curves. Those black targa-like components behind the seats are to hide the roll bars, but also help feed air into the engine. The company has also tacked a spoiler onto the back of the Roadster 2.7 that looks really good.

Memminger Roadster 2.7

At the moment, Memminger is just using the Roadster 2.7 as a concept. If the company gets enough interest, they may be persuaded to make exactly 20 units. From the looks of it, they shouldn’t have much trouble finding customers. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but the company charges five figures for its restorations, so this could sneak into the six-figure mark.

Still, for something that looks like it could’ve come from Stinger if the 911 builder decided to start making Beetles, we’re sure the 20 individuals that do pay up for the Roadster 2.7 will be very happy. To get more information, check out the video below.

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  • Mynameis Taylor

    it’s different. I want to like it. but….

  • Six_Tymes

    amazing design work.

  • toni796

    uber cool imo

  • Matt

    You’re trying to tell us this is based on a Beetle?

    The taillights look like the only thing from the original, everything else looks bespoke.

  • Nice. I can see them selling lots of these with various engine combos…

  • Ilbirs

    I thought it was a rebodied Boxster…

  • MarketAndChurch

    So pretty

  • You should mention in the article, pretty sure it is based on the current Boxster

  • I LOVE IT.

  • jaykit

    Wonder what this would go for at Barrett Jackson today.

  • CarCzarDesigner


  • Bash

    Some would argue that a mid engine, high performance beetle is called a porche. But I like this so much.

    • paulgdeaton

      Most of us would argue that it is called a “Porsche”

  • Biggsy

    Nice, just not six figure nice.

  • SteersUright

    Beautiful work, can definitely see the Porsche family resemblance even more so in this Beetle. Too bad it doesn’t use a modern Porsche 2.7 flat-6 which makes 275hp stock. Also, whats with the awful Miami/Ibiza cheesy house music in every other youtube video???

  • Six Thousand Times

    What a weird and delightful car. I don’t know how many takers there are for an extreme Beetle but I really like the execution.

  • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

    Stinger? Really? Try Singer.

  • I actually like it, but I was wondering if they can based it out of 1960s Oval window Beetle rather than 1303.

    Also some people claimed it’s a Boxster underneath, the German sites didn’t help either. Anyone can confirm this?

  • TheBelltower

    Amazing. Memminger should also do a VW Thing.

  • pxsupply

    Uber cool

  • GoofyGotKilos

    Reboot done right, especially the front end. Would love to see the hardtop version of this.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Stinger? Comon’ guys!! Don’t make me delete my Kudos comment from a week or so ago.

  • exeptor

    I can’t imagine how cool and exclusive (I can’t even find them) Stinger cars are when even more mainstream (I can find them on Internet :)) Singer’s are masterpieces.

  • Vassilis

    This is cool as fuck!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Sigh…another Porsche being called a high-performance Beetle.

    Oh wait.

  • KareKakk

    “Photo Gallery”? Looks more like a “Rendering Gallery”…

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