A turbocharged VW Beetle isn’t normally all that exciting, but it also doesn’t usually make 544 hp.
Volkswagen revealed its GRC rallycross car today based on the third-generation Beetle. It uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and will replace the Polo GRC car starting in the third round of this season’s competition to be driven by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.
“After Volkswagen of America’s impressive start on the rallycross scene with the Polo, the launch of the new Beetle GRC rallycross car represents the next major milestone. The Beetle boasts a unique appearance and state-of-the-art technology. It will sweep fans off their feet,” Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito said.
Volkswagen previewed the car during the Chicago Auto Show in February wearing Rockstar Energy livery. The company engineered it specifically to compete in GRC including 9.1 inches of suspension travel, 14-inch brakes in the front and 11.8 inches in the rear. While VW isn’t revealing what the car weighs, it ought to run from 0-60 mph in 2.1 seconds.
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