Milivié, a newly created company from Germany, announced its first product – a restomod of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle. The vehicle, visualized by a series of sketches, will be built in just 22 examples, as a reference to the 22 million production units of the Beetle. One of the highlights is the starting price of €570,000 ($ 599,511).
Milivié was founded by engineer Jonathan Engler with the aim of redesigning “defunct German automotive icons”. What better place to start than the VW Beetle, one of the most famous cars in history. Each Milivié 1 will be based on a Beetle 1303, with the team spending over 1,000 hours restoring and improving every aspect, according to the company. In the end, only the metal monoblock section of the body and the floorboards remain unchanged.
Starting from the outside, the Milivié 1 is instantly recognizable as a Beetle , but the original body panels have been modernized with cleaner lines, removing the chrome finish and adding Porsche-inspired details. All the VW emblems disappeared, replaced by Milivié's own brand.
The bespoke front and rear fenders are wider and house new LED lighting units, the redesigned hood is longer, the curved windshield base has been moved forward, the 19-inch alloy wheels are There are also new flush door handles, modern mirrors, a new duck-tail spoiler on the engine cover and dual tailpipes finished in either titanium or black chrome.
The chassis is rebuilt with independent double-wishbone front and rear suspension, twin-tube dampers and bespoke springs. The air-cooled engine 2.28-liter four-cylinder with twin Weber carbs is rebuilt and tuned specifically for each Milivié, combined with a free-flowing stainless steel exhaust system.
Interestingly, power is sent to the rear wheels via a 4-speed ZF automatic transmission provided by a Porsche Carrera 2, but will also offer a manual mode. Braking has been updated with new 343 mm (13.5-inch) discs and lightweight monoblock calipers.
Inside, the final highlight is the autonomous digital cockpit with dual 12.3-inch screens and bespoke graphics thanks to in-house developed software. The dashboard has been redesigned with open storage compartments and piano wood accents, while the door cards have been inspired by the Porsche 911.
The cabin has enough space for four passengers in four individual heated seats made of carbon fiber. Amenities include wireless charging, USB ports, a sophisticated nine-speaker audio system with a smart amplifier, dual camera, parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, electronically assisted steering and a new air conditioning system. In addition, each model will come with a bespoke piece of luggage designed by Bill Amberg, matching the colors of the cabin upholstery.
The company is already accepting reservations with a starting price of €570,000 (US$ 599,511) per vehicle. Milivié will deliver the first model in July 2023, with the entire production of 22 units scheduled to be completed in May 2025.