VW Beetle Widens Its Waistline for SEMA

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

There’s a special version of the Volkswagen Beetle heading to the SEMA Show this year and you won’t want to miss it.

Built in collaboration with Tanner Foust and Porsche tuning company RAUH-Welt Begriff, the Beetle pictured here will be officially revealed in Las Vegas during the SEMA Show tomorrow.

As you can probably tell, this is a far cry from being a stock Beetle. It is eight inches wider than the normal car hiding wheels that are significantly wider than what you would find on a stock Beetle.

“Many Porsche owners like the Beetle. The Beetle is a very good car and it looks like a Porsche a little bit,” said RAUH-Welt Begriff’s Akira Nakai. “It is similar, but a Beetle is not a Porsche, so we made a completely new design for this Beetle.”

It isn’t clear if the company has made any sort of mechanical enhancements to the car yet, but it uses a handful of accesories from VW’s R-Line including pedals and that model’s special shift knob. For now, the company says “further performance upgrades are in development for the future.”

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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