VW unveils ultra-performance 500 hp VWvortex Super Beetle
Volkswagen is celebrating 75 years of the Beetle in 2013 and the German automaker is starting the celebration early at the 2012 SEMA Show. The Beetle has always been the perfect platform for customization here in the U.S and a popular car for tuners for decades. To honor this rich history, Volkswagen has partnered with a number of suppliers and customizers to show what the Beetle is capable of in a highly customized form. VW has brought a fleet of highly tuned Beetle show cars to celebrate the three-quarter century mark.
The most customized Beetle of the show will be the VWvortex Super Beetle. How do you build the ultimate performance Beetle? The head of Product Planning at Volkswagen of America, Rainer Michael and the Chief Product and Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney met with the VWvortex team and asked them what they would do if they could build the ultimate Beetle. You do what any performance enthusiast would do. You take the stock 200 horsepower engine and put 500 horsepower into it. And with all that power, you take the all-wheel-drive system from the Golf R and transplant it into the Beetle to keep all four wheels firmly planted to the ground. And that’s just the beginning.
Creating the ultimate Super Beetle