VW New Beetle RSi

09Aug05

VW New Beetle RSi¬†VolkswagenVolkswagen New Beetle RSiBetween 2001 and 2003 Volkswagen produced 250 limited edition New Beetles with the designation RSi. The RSi was powered by a 225 hp 3.2 liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed gearbox and Volkswagen’s all-wheel drive system 4motion. The exhaust tone is courtesy of a Remus twin-pipe exhaust.The 80 mm wider fenders, unique front and rear bumpers, rear diffuser and large rear wing give the Beetle RSi the appearance of a race car. Luckily the looks are backed by Porsche tuned suspension offering grip to the 235/40ZR-18 tires that are streched over 18×9 OZ SuperTurismo wheels.Inside, it was trimmed in carbon fiber, billet aluminum, and bright orange leather. The front seats were Recaro racing shells. Notable disadvantages found were loud cabin noise and low rear tire life.Curiously, in Mexico, although being a country very attached to Volkswagen, there are RSIs that have not been sold since 2001. This is probably due to its US $58,000 price tag.

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