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NotaPublicado: Lun Ago 22, 2005 9:06 pm 
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Para los que dicen que los Beetle no corren na'


Performance Trends: 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle
Making speed in HPA Motorsports' GT7 twin-turbo, 500-hp Beetle

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Can you imagine a Beetle that's nearly fast as a 911 Turbo-for half the cost? If we owned a car like this GT6 Beetle, it'd be hunting season all year long.

At the track, a tentative 3500-rpm launch produced a bit too much initial bog out of the hole and "slow" 0-60-mph runs in the mid 5-sec range. Horn instructed us to be much more aggressive: Rev it up and dump the clutch. We settled on a throttle-blipping technique (rather than a constant rpm) from 5000 to 5500 rpm to get the turbos really spooling up, followed by a seriously violent clutch release. Suddenly, it was a completely different car that felt like it could do a wheelie. Everything hooked up and VeeDub's blunt nose rose up 3 in. and stayed there the entire way down the quarter mile. Our best 0-60 run of 4.25 sec is the quickest we've seen this year, with a less impressive quarter mile of 12.99 sec at 102.41 mph.

We suspect the GT6 is even quicker and could probably achieve a 4.0 and 12.55/109, respectively, had it been filled with either the Canadian 94-octane gasoline it was raised on or been driven for a day to let the computer recalibrate for the oxygenated 92 we're forced to use here in California. Due to the fuel, the ECU was doing its job and insisting on an ever-lower rev-limiter before each gear-change: First to second was fine at 6400 rpm, but the 2-3 shift had to be made at 6000, 3-4 at 5500, and so on. Horn was pleased the car was "protecting itself" by pulling the timing down to prevent detonation, and at the same time disappointed, as we both knew it was even faster.

The GT6's handling is as stunning as its acceleration, executing a 65-plus-mph wiggle between the slalom cones. Built-in understeer is easily overcome with a generous application of throttle. The AWD vector correction takes place so effortlessly you feel like rally champ Walter Rohrl. And you'd better be holding on tight as HPA's Porsche Turbo disc-brake conversion halts the Beetle in a throw-out-the-anchor 115 ft from 60 mph.

The incongruity of the HPA GT6 Beetle is something we'll never get used to, nor tire of. We appreciate its ultimate sleeper quality, and if it were a member of the MT fleet (and we wish it were) we'd make it even more inconspicuous. It's already quiet and quick, but not quite invisible. We'd peel off the stickers and the wing (sorry, HPA) and hunt down some unsuspecting exotic-driving millionaire. Then we'd pass him as if he were a chained-up dog and let him read our rear license-plate frame that says something like: "You've just been beat by a Beetle-have a nice day." And isn't that what a sleeper is all about?


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NotaPublicado: Lun Ago 22, 2005 9:27 pm 
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