Volkswagen has pulled the wraps off the all-new Beetle GRC ahead of its public debut at the upcoming Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship, where it will soon replace the Polo. Developed in collaboration with Andretti Autosport, the Beetle GRC will be thrashed around the track by Top Gear US host, Tanner Foust and former Formula One racer, Scott Speed. Until this year, both the drivers were seen racing in the specially built Volkswagen Polo.
This new Global Rallycross car is a third-generation Beetle that has been built ground-up as a GRC car. On the outside, the car sports an aggressive front fascia, a large rear wing and widely fenders.
Powering the new Volkswagen Beetle GRC is a puny 1.6-litre turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that is able to churn out 552PS of max power that allows the car to sprint from 0 to 100kmph in mere 2.2 seconds. The engine also features a 6-Speed gearbox and a multi-plate limited slip differential. The ZF dampers in the car have a travel of 9.1 inches.
The Volkswagen Beetle GRC will be compete under the banner of Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross banner.