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This is what a 200-mph Volkswagen Beetle looks like

Insert the Porsche 911 joke of your choice here.

Man, this thing is cool.


I don't blame you for not associating the Volkswagen Beetle with speed. I sure don't. Well, I didn't, until I learned the Volkswagen Beetle LSR existed. And now that I've seen a Beetle capable of 200 miles per hour, I'm sort of sad it's not offered to the general public.

The Beetle LSR was built for a single purpose -- to become the world's fastest Beetle. Thanks to a massively revised version of VW's 2.0-liter I4 gas engine, with an at-the-wheels output of 543 horsepower and 421 pound-feet of torque, the LSR rockets its way to a top speed of 205.122 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The crank output is closer to 600 hp and 500 torques.

To ensure the driver keeps the shiny side up, the Beetle LSR also features special wheels and tires, a limited-slip differential, a stripped and caged interior, as well as a pair of parachutes to bring the car back to a standstill.

You're not going to get that kind of performance from a stock Beetle, which puts out just 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet. The top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph, as well. Although, if you have a gargantuan pile of money and nothing to lose (like a factory warranty), you can whip a Beetle LSR up for yourself. Just don't try to reach these speeds on public roads.