The biggest car company in Brazil was Volkswagen. The combination of air-cooled quality, usability and low price made Volkswagens the most popular cars in Brazil by far. However, Volkswagen didn’t have any performance credentials or a sports model, and in the early ’70s, they wanted a piece of the action.
So, they took the Beetle floorpan, a 1.7-liter flat four engine and tuned it to 75 HP. And although that wasn’t much, it was far faster than stock. They called the finished product the SP2 and it debuted in 1972. It looked modern with a long front end, low profile and sporty silhouette.
The car costs more than any other Volkswagen product. And even though it provided some performance, it failed to meet the expectations of performance-oriented car fans. The SP2 was in production for four years, until 1976. During that period Volkswagen made over 11,000 of them.