When you think of the Volkswagen Beetle, chances are you remember the classic Doyle Dane Bernbach ads from the 1960s or the little flower vase on the instrument panel of the New Beetle.
Chances are you don’t think of a Bug going 205.122 mph.
Yet that’s what Preston Lerner, a contributing editor to Automobile Magazine, did recently at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The Volkswagen Beetle LSR is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder TSI gasoline engine—an engine that you can get at your local VW dealer. . .except that this one was specially modified by THR Manufacturing.
It was kitted out with new turbochargers, pistons, camshafts, connecting rods, and head modifications.
And that Beetle on the lot doesn’t produce 543 horsepower and 421 pound-feet of torque. You have to be satisfied with the 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of the stock Beetle R-Line coupe.
But your daily commute probably isn’t over salt flats, either.
The thing about the Wrangler Willys Wheeler: It is a toy for a grown-up boy.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
The engineers at Munro & Associates have taken a perfectly sound BMW i3 and taken it apart. Completely apart. And they are impressed with what they’ve discovered about how the EV is engineered.