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McChip boosts the Volkswagen Beetle, ABT styling

It’s not very often you hear of tuners modifying the latest Volkswagen Beetle, despite the fact the classic Beetles had and still have a huge following with enthusiasts doing all kinds of things to them. McChip-DKR has come up with a tune to give the new version a bit more zing.

McChip Volkswagen Beetle-ABT styling

Mainly consisting of an engine computer tweak with the company’s SoftwarePerformance package, the factory 2.0-litre TSI turbo four-cylinder is boosted from 155kW to a meaty 188kW. Torque is also increased from 280Nm to 365Nm.

The VW Beetle is only available with a 118kW turbo and supercharged engine in Australia. With a kit like this it would give it a similar sort of performance as the cracking Aussie-spec Volkswagen Scirocco R.

McChip Volkswagen Beetle-ABT kit

To give the iconic Bug a more aggressive, streeter look McChip has given the exterior a bit of an overhaul. There’s an ABT Sportline styling package with ‘eyelid’ headlights, revised bumper bars, and a cool set of turbine alloy wheels.

You have to admit it looks pretty darn hot, especially in the white and black theme.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.