Watch a Lifted Beetle Take On Moab in the Snow

Modern Beetles never had the off-road bona fides of the Type 1 and that makes sense. But as we all know, the most entertaining off-roaders are the cars that were never really designed to go off-road.

Enter Baja Bob, TFL Offroad’s latest project car. Based on a 2000 Beetle GLS, it’s been lifted 2-3-inches and has had meaty BFGs slapped on under it.

It’s also been painted with bed-liner to resemble the Porsche Cayenne Transsyberia. It’s got a bash plate and an orange bumper extension that doubles as a light bar.

Although the driveline is unchanged—which will prove to be its downfall—they have gone to the trouble of adding Magnaflow exhausts, which make the Beetle sound pretty mean.

As I alluded to above, the driveline is ultimately the weak point here. The car still has VW’s 115 hp 2.0-liter engine and it’s mated to a four-speed automatic. All of which was fine for the car’s standard setup, but proves to be a little less than you’d hope for when you’ve got 28-inch diameter wheels.

It also still has an open differential, so when the going gets slippery, the Beetle won’t get you going. Its one saving grace, though, is that it doesn’t weigh very much. Although all the mods add weight, the curb weight of a New Beetle was only around 2,700 lbs. 

And so, with a little convincing from friend-of-the-site and Canadian snow driving expert Stephen Elmer, Baja Bob can scamper through Moab Snoab without too much trouble.