Despite being no longer in production, the Volkswagen Beetle is still an iconic model, so it’s no wonder that tuners continue to offer different upgrades for it.
The latest example comes from B&B AutomobilTechnik and is aimed at the Beetle Convertible, powered by the 2.0-liter TSI unit. In stock form, the petrol engine produces 220 PS (217 hp / 162 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque, yet with the addition of a larger turbo, improved air intake, software remap and a few other changes, the output has grown to 380 PS (375 hp / 279 kW) and 525 Nm (387 lb-ft) of torque.
With the extra muscle, the tuner has shaved 1.5 seconds off the Beetle’s 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint, which now takes 5.2 seconds. From 0 to 200 km/h (0-124 mph), the car is a full 8 seconds quicker, needing 17.8 sec. Top speed has also increased from 231 km/h (144 mph) to over 250 km/h (155 mph).
As for the financial part, it will cost you €9,950 ($10,992) in Germany to get the tuner’s Stage 4 upgrade, another €998 ($1,103) for the Kat sports exhaust, which can be had with a €1,498 ($1,655) sound booster, or €2,950 ($3,259) more for the racing exhaust system.
Stages 3 and 2 cost €3,950 ($4,364) and €1,498 ($1,655), respectively, and boost the output to 326 PS (321 hp / 239 kW) and 460 Nm (339 lb-ft) of torque, and 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW) and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft). All versions are offered with a removed speed limiter and models packing automatic transmission feature electronic adaptation.
Optimizing the stance of the Beetle Cabrio is B&B’s aftermarket spring set that costs €298 ($329) and drops the body by 30 mm (1.2 in). Additionally, you can opt for the €1,798 ($1,986) KW coilover suspension. A high performance braking system is also available at €3,795 ($4,192).
Finally, the 8.5×20-inch wheels, shod in 235/30-20 tires, will set you back €3,298 ($3,643), whereas the 18- and 19-inch rims start at €1,950 ($2,154).