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This Supercharged 320-HP Volkswagen New Beetle RSI Will Shock Golf R Owners

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It's not exactly stock.

A brand new Volkswagen Golf R makes 288 horsepower thanks to its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. This extremely rare New Beetle RSI has a claimed 320 hp courtesy of a Rotrex C30 supercharged 3.2-liter VR-6, which normally offers up a very respectable 221 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Already quite rare because VW built only 317 examples racing and road examples combined, the New Beetle RSI shared its powerplant with the fourth-generation Golf R32, which served as a predecessor of sorts to the Golf R.

The fact that the New Beetle and fourth-gen Golf shared a platform is what made engine transplants such as this possible. But this New Beetle RSI is a bit different from the "standard" version. This one has been even further modified with said supercharger and a few other add-ons, and now it's up for sale on Race Cars Direct.

Currently located in the United Kingdom, the asking price is extremely reasonable, just 12,950 GBP, or about $15,740 according to current exchange rates. There's also one other thing any potential buyers must know: it's not street legal. Don't even attempt to register it for road use. It's not worth the hassle and guaranteed failure.

But you do get is a serious track car with said horsepower, a six-speed manual sending power to all four wheels, a bespoke short-throw gear change, full race-spec roll cage, fire extinguisher, bespoke stainless exhaust and manifold, a complete engine remap, racing wheels, lightweight fiberglass hood, and a racing seat. There's also a cool body kit with widened fenders and a big rear spoiler.

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It's mostly all-original but not quite, so some collectors may balk, despite the great price. But for anyone else willing and able to import this from across the pond, this would be one hell of a track day toy that would not only shock some Golf R owners, but also some Ford Focus RS people.

This all-wheel drive track-only New Beetle means business and it totally looks the part inside and out.

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