Carbon fibre bodied plus a VR6 engine under its bonnet.
You wouldn't think that a Volkswagen Beetle will carry a price tag of $80,000 (approx. £65,000), would you? But it did and for good reasons.
Meet, the Volkswagen Beetle RSi – the track-tuned version of the second generation of the original people's car. Only 251 units of the Beetle RSi were officially made in VW's plant in Mexico. All units came in silver, except for a blue one that was specially made for a former VW honcho.
But what really is special about the Beetle RSi? Youtube's Salomondrin released an in-depth look into his very own unit, the 243rd out of 250 cars produced.
Gallery: Volkswagen Beetle RSi
Outside, the Beetle RSi edition is equipped with unique front and rear bumpers, a large rear spoiler, wider fender wings, and a set of OZ Superturismo 18-inch wheels with red Brembo brake callipers. While the exterior add-ons don't seem like a perfect match to its eyebrow-raising price tag, its interior would make you think otherwise.
Easily noticeable in the Beetle RSi is its bright orange leather upholstery that contrasts with the silver accents. The front seats are Recaro racing buckets, while the door panels, instrument clusters, and other parts of the cabin are also adorned with carbon fibre. This isn't only aesthetically pleasing but adds, or rather decreases, the overall weight of the car as well.
Here comes the juicy part. Under the Beetle RSi's bonnet resides a 3.2-litre VR6 engine that produces 225 bhp. It was the first VW to use this engine, which was later used in the Mk4 Golf R32 and the original Audi TT. Even better, it's mated to a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
Again, the VW Beetle RSi was sold for $80,000 from 2001 to 2003. If you take inflation into account, that would be more than $110,000 (£87,000) in today's money.