Volkswagen has unveiled the 2015 Beetle GRC.

Set to compete in the Global Rallycross Championship, the 2015 Beetle GRC features a new turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine that produces 553 bhp and 465 lb-ft of torque.  The engine is connected to six-speed sequential transmission and a fixed-ratio all-wheel-drive system with front and rear limited-slip differentials.  This setup should enable the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in approximately 2.0 seconds.

According to Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito, “The 2015 Beetle GRC has been further developed, based on all our experience we gained with the brand new Beetle last year. We are looking forward to a serious title challenge with Scott Speed and Tanner Foust in 2015 and we are sure that the Beetles will be real fan favorites again.”

Gallery: 2015 Volkswagen Beetle GRC unveiled with a new engine

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