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by Tim Beissmann

Volkswagen is bringing back the love, unveiling the nostalgic Volkswagen Beetle 53 Edition ahead of a limited production run exclusively for Spain.

Inspired by Herbie – the anthropomorphic 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that shot to fame in the 1968 film The Love Bug – the Beetle 53 Edition sports the iconic movie star car’s famous ’53’ racing number and tri-colour body stripes.

The Volkswagen Beetle 53 Edition also features unique 17-inch alloy wheels and a ‘Beetle 53’ badge on the glove box.

The 21st century Love Bug will be available with three engines – a 77kW 1.2-litre petrol, a 77kW 1.6-litre diesel and a 103kW 2.0-litre diesel – although surprisingly the 53 Edition package is not available with the top-performance 125kW 2.5-litre petrol powerplant from the Beetle Turbo.

The all-new Volkswagen Beetle is set to launch in Australia in the second quarter of 2013.

The Beetle Convertible headed for next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show is yet to be confirmed for our market.




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