It is powered by a flat-4 engine with a displacement between 1.1 to 1.6 litres and was initially available with a 4-speed Manual transmission. It was replaced by a 4-speed auto-clutch manual in 1961, and by a 3-speed auto-clutch manual in 1967.
It was designed in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche and Zündapp as "the people's car" under Adolf Hitler's orders, who envisioned a low-cost car to be used by the German public for Nazi Germany's Reichsautobahn road network, alongside similar mass market initiatives such as the Volksempfänger radio.
Local automotive manufacturers of the time were limited to luxury models, and as such, few people in Germany could afford anything bigger than a motorcycle. Over 21 million units were sold thanks to its affordability and reliability.
The last Beetle was assembled in Puebla, Mexico. This last Beetle, nicknamed "El Rey" (Spanish for "The King") after a legendary Mexican song by José Alfredo Jiménez, was delivered to the company's museum in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Need for Speed II
The Beetle appears as an AI controlled traffic vehicle in Need for Speed II. In the PC release, it can be driven by the player upon entering vwbug at the car select screen.
Need for Speed: Nitro
It has an acceleration, handling and drift rating of 2. Its strength is rated 1.
Need for Speed: Payback
The Volkswagen Beetle appears in Need for Speed: Payback as a Derelict. It was unveiled at EA Play as one of the four cars that could be customised in the demo.
It is a derelict car that can be built after finding all five of its parts. The rumour as to the location of its first part is unlocked upon completing the Mac: Shift-Lock questline in chapter 3 - City Lights.
Upon all of its parts being found, it can be built into a drag, drift, off-road, race, or runner class car.
Finding the parts for all derelicts will allow for it to be purchased from either the drag, drift, off-road, race, or runner class dealerships, and purchasing the Speedcross Story Bundle will allow it to be purchased from the speedcross dealership.
|Need for Speed: Payback - Statistics|
|Find all of its Derelict parts.|
|0 - 60||8.03|
|Need for Speed II - Vehicles|
|Class C||Ferrari 355 F1* · Ford Mustang Mach III* · Italdesign Cala · Lotus Esprit V8|
|Class B||Ford Indigo · Italdesign Nazca C2* · Jaguar XJ220 · Isdera Commendatore 112i|
|Class A||Bomber BFS* · Ferrari F50 · FZR 2000* · Ford GT90 · Lotus Elise GT1 · McLaren F1 · Tombstone*|
|Traffic||Army Truck · Audi 100 quattro · BMW 5 Series (E34) · Citroën 2CV · Jeep Comanche · Jeep Wrangler · Lincoln Town Car Stretch Limousine · Mazda MX-5 (NA) · School Bus · Toyota Land Cruiser · Volkswagen 1600 · Volkswagen Beetle · Volkswagen Type 2 · Volvo 850|
|Hidden||Crate · Log · Monolithic Studios Bus · News Stand · Rock · Tram · T-Rex|
|* denotes Special Edition exclusive vehicles|