The quickest Volkswagen Beetle in the world has a 2.0-liter turbo engine delivering in excess of 540 hp and has been recently clocked hitting 205.122 mph on the Bonneville salt flats.
Volkswagen teamed up with California tuner THR Manufacturing to deliver this quirky Beetle, which has the regular 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TSi turbo engine pumped up via new blower, camshaft, pistons, connecting rods, and cylinder head to no less than 543 horsepower (405 kilowatts) and 421 pound-feet (571 Newton meters) of torque. This astonishing power has delivered the 330.111 kilometers-per-hour record run also with the assistance of just the front wheels, as well as a limited-slip differential, lowered suspension, and special Salt Flats wheels and tires.
All the safety gear is there as well, complete with a pair of parachutes that will assist in the process of slowing. Motoring journalist Preston Lerner was at the helm: “Exceeding 200 mph [320 km/h] in the Beetle LSR was a serious thrill. We had enough power to go even faster it the salt hadn’t been so sketchy. But seeing 208 mph [335 km/h] briefly on the digital readout was an experience I’ll never forget.” The best beetle money can buy right now is the R-Line model, packing the same engine but with “just” 210 hp and capable of topping out at a limited maximum speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).