The most extreme Volkswagen Beetle ever has been revealed at the Chicago motor show.
The all-wheel-drive competition car will compete in the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) later this year, and will make its debut at the Summer X Games extreme sports event in Austin, Texas, in June.
Volkswagen hasn’t revealed full technical details of the Beetle, beyond saying that it produces more than 560bhp from a turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine of an unspecified capacity.
By comparison, the most powerful roadgoing variant is the Beetle GSR, which uses the underpinnings of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and produces 207bhp and 206lb ft.
However, marque specialists VWVortex produced the Volkswagen VWVortex 'Super Beetle' last year, splicing a Golf R's four-wheel-drive running gear with a Beetle's body and extracting 500bhp from the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder EA888 engine. The new rallycross car also bears 'Super Beetle' branding, although no official link with the VWVortex project has been confirmed.