Technical specifications

Volkswagen Beetle GRC

A small heart, but a throbbing heartbeat.


Four cylinders, 2-litre capacity, a turbocharger. With its 560 hp, the Volkswagen Beetle GRC with its four-wheel drive moves effortlessly across asphalt or gravel. It is in no way inferior to the Volkswagen Polo R WRC. Quite the opposite. The restrictor plate is twelve millimetres larger, meaning that the Beetle’s four-cylinder engine can breathe more freely and generates more power.

Type Straight-four engine with turbocharger and intercooling, transversally mounted in front of the front axle
Displacement 2,000 cc
Power output 412 kW (560 hp) at 7,800 rpm
Torque 630 Nm at 5,000 rpm
Bore/stroke 86.0 mm/86.0 mm
Air restrictor 45 mm (FIA/GRC regulation)
Engine control unit Bosch
Power transmission  
Gearbox Sequential, six-speed racing gear box, transversally mounted
Final drive Permanent four-wheel drive with fixed drive between the front and rear axles, multi-plate limited-slip differentials, front and rear
Clutch Hydraulically actuated triple-disc sintered metal clutch from ZF
Front/rear McPherson struts, dampers from ZF
Suspension travel approx. 240 mm front and rear
Steering Servo-assisted rack and pinion steering
Braking system Ventilated disc brakes (front Ø 355 mm and rear Ø 300 mm), aluminium brake callipers (four pistons, front and rear)
Wheels Size 8 x 17 inch
Tyres Yokohama competition tyres (240/640-R17)
Build FIA and GRC-conformant reinforced steel body
Dimensions and weight  
Length/width/height 4,287/1,820/1,405 mm
Track width 1,620 mm
Wheelbase 2,530 mm
Minimum weight 1,300 kg
Acceleration 0–100 kph in approx. 2.2 seconds
Top speed Up to approx. 200 kph (depending on gear ratio)