Vijay Pattni20 June 2014

Meet the 544bhp VW Beetle

VW Andretti RX team unveils a Beetle with many horsepowers and much ANGER

This is a Volkswagen Beetle that has been made angry. So angry in fact, it's sprouted some 544bhp. Welcome to the world of Global Rallycross.

Specifically, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, who will be entering this white hot Beetle later in the Red Bull GRC championship. As the name suggests, the team is run by Michael Andretti.

So, what are we looking at? Underneath sits a 1.6-litre very turbocharged and very intercooled four cylinder engine producing that headline grabbing 544bhp. There's also a six-speed sequential gearbox thrown in for good measure, as well as a fixed ratio all-wheel-drive system featuring multiplate limited slip diffs front and back.

There are ZF dampers, 14in diameter front and 11.8in rear vented brakes and four-pot aluminium calipers, 17in wheels and of course, a monster rear wing. Because racecar. It's also considerably fatter than the regular Beetle, too, and weighs in at a lithe 1210kg.

Which is all fine and dandy, but the other stat you really should consider is the 0-60mph time: 2.1 seconds. Woah.

"I can't wait to race the No.34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle," said driver and TG USA host Tanner Foust. We'd like a go too, please. We suspect it might be a little quicker than the 500bhp, 2.0-litre turbocharged one-off Beetle we drove last year in Los Angeles...

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