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The Volkswagen Beetle LSR is a 200-mph pocket rocket

Sporting a special variant of VW's 2.0-liter gas engine, the Beetle LSR blasted its way to 205.122 mph over a single mile.

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Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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Your average Beetle, this ain't.

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The Beetle LSR was built for a single reason -- to become the world's fastest Beetle.

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Its 2.0-liter I4 features new turbochargers, pistons, cams, connecting rods and modifications to the cylinder heads.

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Crank output is somewhere around 600 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.

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All that power sent the Beetle LSR to a top speed of 205.122 mph in a standing mile.

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The suspension is lower, the wheels are special units just for salt-flat racing, and the interior's been stripped and caged.

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There's also a set of parachutes to bring the Beetle LSR back down to a standstill.

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It's a far cry from the stock Beetle, which is limited to 130 mph and puts out just 210 horsepower.

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Of course, with a big pile of money, you can build something similar.

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Just don't try to top this speed record unless you're doing it in a safe and professional manner.

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