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
The VWvortex team took the challenge and working with performance specialist APR, started with a stock 2013 Beetle Turbo and began the transformation into the ultimate 500-horsepower all-wheel-drive high-performance show car. The Super Beetle will be a one-off show car and will not make it to production. The team started by giving the VWvortex Super Beetle an APR Stage IV GTX Turbocharger System to boost horsepower from 200 to more than 500. All the internals need to be upgraded to handle the extra boost, and that included a new high-flow cylinder head and intake manifold; high-strength coated pistons and wrist pins; high-strength connecting rods and bearings; an upgraded balancer shaft; and a balanced rotating assembly.
Externally the engine got an APR updated fuel system and added a high-performance intercooler system, as well as an ECU upgrade. To increase the flow of exhaust, an APR RSC Turboback Exhaust System was added and a DXD Racing Stage III clutch and Volkswagen Racing Short Shifter were added to transfer power to the new Golf R all-wheel-drive system.
A custom suspension built for speed
The suspension received a complete overhaul and was lowered to make the VWvortex Super Beetle more aerodynamic. That was accomplished by adding an H&R Adjustable Coilover Suspension setup enhanced with Volkswagen Racing StreetSport+ Camber Plates and H&R Sport Sway Bars. Audi TT RS front/rear motorsport bushings and lightweight/strengthened front uprights added extra stiffness to the chassis.