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2000 Volkswagen Beetle Given Off-Road Capabilities

Due to the very compact and low stance of the Volkswagen Beetle, many people may not realize that it has off-road potentials. Since the 1960s, however, we have been seeing the Baja Bug versions of the car, which is rigged with off-road modifications. The video above shows one example of this amazing car in action on a snowy and muddy track.

The subject is based on a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle GLS. It features a few cosmetic modifications such as orange accents, off-road lights, skid plate, and bumper guard. Beneath the car is a suspension kit that adds around three inches to its ride height. Then it is equipped with 16-inch wheels wrapped in off-road tires. A spray-on bed coating has been applied to its body for extra paint protection. Meanwhile, it is also fitted with a Magnaflow exhaust to provide the Beetle with a louder engine sound, and because of the age of the car, its exhaust needed to be replaced already.

The rest of the Beetle appears to be stock. There are no indications that the interior has been touched by the upgrade. The bug is still using its original 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 115 hp while a four-speed automatic transmission distributes power to the front wheels.

The Beetle here was christened as Baja Bob. It was taken on a trip in the cold snowy trails of Moab in Utah by the people at TFLoffroad to test its off-road potential.

They drove over at the muddy road, tested its climb on snow, and crossed it over a creek. Although it encountered a few hiccups on its way to Utah as narrated in the video, and it struggled in the ditch due to lack of momentum, it surprisingly withstood the whole ordeal.

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