Who Needs a Supercar to Hit 200MPH, When You Have This VW Beetle

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Wow, who knew a Beetle could fly.  Well, at least one in particular.

A specially tuned turbocharged Volkswagen Beetle LSR hit 205 miles an hour on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah earlier this month. It achieved exactly 205.122 mph over a flying mile – the fastest speed ever recorded for a Beetle — at the 2016 World of Speed event.

Volkswagen is pretty excited about the feat given that “the Beetle is not the most aerodynamic car” in its lineup.

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Of course, the Beetle had a lot of modifications to get it done. They had to squeeze 600 horses into this little yellow devil.

They tweaked the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood with new turbochargers, pistons, camshafts, connecting rods, and head modifications. The modified engine churned out 543-horsepower and 421 pound-feet of torque at the wheels: at the flywheel, that would be more than 600 hp and nearly 500 lb-ft.


VW engineers lowered the suspension and added special Salt Flat wheels and tires, along with a limited-slip differential to aid traction. They also stripped the interior and outfitted it with full safety equipment, such as a rollcage, racing seat and harness, and a fire suppression system.

It goes without saying the Beetle was also fitted with a pair of parachutes.

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Volkswagen’s stock Beetle R-Line coupe model features a EA888 turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter TSI engine that makes 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque (achieved using premium fuel). The car shoots from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds. It’s top track speed is 130 mph.

The R-Line comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a dual-clutch DSG six-speed automatic transmission is optional.

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Photo Credit: Volkswagen



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