The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, formally known as the Type 1 and affectionately nicknamed the Bug or Käfer in German, is a rear-engine economy car from Volkswagen which was produced from 1938 to 2003.
It is powered by a flat-4 engine with a displacement between 1.1 to 1.6 litres and was initially available with a 4-speed Manual transmission. It was replaced by a 4-speed auto-clutch manual in 1961, and by a 3-speed auto-clutch manual in 1967.
It was designed in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche and Zündapp as "the people's car" under Adolf Hitler's orders, who envisioned a low-cost car to be used by the German public for Nazi Germany's Reichsautobahn road network, alongside similar mass market initiatives such as the Volksempfänger radio.
Local automotive manufacturers of the time were limited to luxury models, and as such, few people in Germany could afford anything bigger than a motorcycle. Due to World War II, civilian Beetles only began to be produced by the late 1940s; a number of KdF-Wagen were however made to be used by the Nazi elite. Over 21 million units were sold thanks to its affordability and reliability.
The last Beetle was assembled in Puebla, Mexico. This last Beetle, nicknamed "El Rey" (Spanish for "The King") after a legendary Mexican song by José Alfredo Jiménez, was delivered to the company's museum in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Need for Speed II
The Beetle appears as an AI controlled traffic vehicle in Need for Speed II, and it can be driven by the player upon entering a cheat code:
- "bug" in the PC release
- "bugme" in the PlayStation release
Need for Speed: Nitro
Omar, the top racer in Cairo, drives a Beetle in all of its Bronze Cup race events except for the Drift Challenge, Time Attack, and Speed Trap events. In addition, his Beetle can also be seen in his profile video.
Omar's Beetle can be unlocked as a collectable car for use in both Arcade Mode and Career Mode, once all stars are obtained in all Cairo Bronze Cup events.
Need for Speed: No Limits
The Beetle "Speedhunters" appears in Need for Speed: No Limits as part of the "Rogue Justice" update released on July 27, 2020, and was initially featured as part of the "Zero To Hero: Volkswagen Beetle" event that ran from August 8, 2020 to August 17, 2020.
The starting performance rating is 616.
The Beetle "Speedhunters" is a sports class car that requires 35 rare blueprints to unlock. The blueprints required to unlock the vehicle can be found from various sources:
- "Breakout" event
|x35 Rare Blueprints||8080||11018||10504||980|
Need for Speed: Payback
The Volkswagen Beetle appears in Need for Speed: Payback as a Derelict. It was unveiled at EA Play as one of the four cars that could be customised in the demo.
It is a derelict car that can be built after finding all five of its parts. The rumour as to the location of its first part is unlocked upon completing the Mac: Shift-Lock questline in chapter 3 - City Lights.
Upon all of its parts being found, it can be built into a drag, drift, off-road, race, or runner class car.
Finding the parts for all derelicts will allow for it to be purchased from either the drag, drift, off-road, race, or runner class dealerships, and purchasing the Speedcross Story Bundle will allow it to be purchased from the speedcross dealership.
|Find all of its Derelict parts.|
|Top Speed 101|
|0 - 60 8.03|
|1/4 Mile 16.43|
|N2O Capacity 3.6|
|N2O Power 3.6|
As a unique vehicle, it can not be altered with any visual customisation items, it can not have its paint and wrap modified, and can not be stance tuned. It can, however, be equipped with performance parts and vanity items.
|Complete its abandoned car event when available.|
|Top Speed 134|
|0 - 60 4.17|
|1/4 Mile 12.47|
|N2O Capacity 3.6|
|N2O Power 3.6|
Need for Speed: Heat
The Beetle '63 appears in Need for Speed: Heat following an article published on August 19, 2019, revealing it to be part of the game's official car list, and appears in the NFS: Heat Studio app as part of container 9, which was released on October 15, 2019.
The stock Beetle '63 is unlocked for purchase from the car dealer for 18,000 upon reaching Reputation Level 22.
It has a customisation rating of five and can be equipped with performance parts.
HIGH SPEED 1.0
HORSEPOWER [bhp] 101
0-60 MPH [s] 7.50
MAX TORQUE [ft-lb] 165
TOP SPEED [mph] 105
|Customisation (Rating: 7/10)|
Engine Swaps (8 Available)
101 hp 1.2L F4
[hp] 101 / 386
197 hp 2.0L F4
[hp] 197 / 584
147 hp 2.4L I6
[hp] 147 / 674
121 hp 2.2L I4
[hp] 121 / 630
300 hp 2.5L F4
[hp] 300 / 690
345 hp 2.3L I4
[hp] 345 / 645
369 hp 1.5L I3 Hybrid
[hp] 369 / 660
362 hp 2.5L F4
[hp] 362 / 698
- Article: ea.com (2019) Under the Hood: Need for Speed Heat Car List. Available at: https://www.ea.com/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-heat/news/nfs-heat-car-list
- Article: gtplanet.net (2019) Need for Speed Heat Full Car List Revealed. Available at: https://www.gtplanet.net/need-for-speed-heat-car-list/
|Beetle||1200 '63 (Type 1) · 2.0 TDI '12 (A5) · GRC '14 (A5)|
|Concept||XL Sport '15|
|Golf||GTI '76 (Mk1) · GTI '92 (Mk2) · GTI '06 (Mk5) · GTI '13 (Mk7) · GTI 1.8T '03 (Mk4) · GTI 2.0 '03 (Mk4) · GTI Clubsport '16 (Mk7) · R32 '06 (Mk5)|
|Jetta||1.3 CL '89 (A2)|
|Polo||GTI '15 (Mk5)|
|Scirocco||2.0 TSI '08 (A5) · R '10 (A5) · R '17 (A5)|
|Type 2||1.2 Westfalia '60 (T1) · 2.1 Vanagon '85 (T3)|
|Type 3||1600 TL '70 (Type 31)|
|Need for Speed II - Vehicles|
|Class C||Ferrari 355 F1* · Ford Mustang Mach III* · Italdesign Calà · Lotus Esprit V8|
|Class B||Ford Indigo · Italdesign Nazca C2* · Jaguar XJ220 · Isdera Commendatore 112i|
|Class A||Ferrari F50 · Ford GT90 · Lotus Elise GT1 · McLaren F1|
|Bonus||Bomber BFS* · FZR 2000* · Tombstone*|
|Traffic||Audi 100 quattro · BMW 5 Series (E34) · Citroën 2CV · GMC B-Series School Bus · Jeep Comanche · Jeep Wrangler YJ · Kenworth T-600 Semi Truck · Lincoln Town Car Stretch Limousine · Mazda Miata · Mercedes SL 500 · Mercedes Unimog · Monolithic Studios Tram · Toyota Land Cruiser · Volkswagen 1600 Fastback · Volkswagen Bug · Volkswagen Vanagon · Volvo 850|
|Secret||Aircraft · Beer* · Box · Cart · Crate · Log · Outhouse · Ruin* · SkyTrain · Souvenir Stand · Spinner · T-Rex · UFO · Wagon|
|*Special Edition exclusive|