The 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. 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. In the PC release, it can be driven by the player upon entering vwbug at the car select screen.

Need for Speed: Nitro

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The Beetle can be purchased for $15,000 in Need for Speed: Nitro as a Family Class C car and is unlocked from the beginning.

It has an acceleration, handling and drift rating of 2. Its strength is rated 1.

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.

Need for Speed: Payback - Statistics
NFSPB VolkswagenBeetle Garage NFSPB Dealership Drag IconNFSPB Dealership Drift IconNFSPB Dealership Offroad IconNFSPB Dealership Race IconNFSPB Dealership Runner IconNFSPB Dealership Speedcross Icon LV100
NFSPB BankYellow Icon 30,300
Find all of its Derelict parts.
NFSPB StatIcon Speed LargeWhite Horsepower  101
Top Speed  101
NFSPB StatIcon Accel LargeWhite 0 - 60  8.03
1/4 Mile  16.43
NFSPB StatIcon Nitro LargeWhite N2O Capacity  3.6
N2O Power  3.6
NFSPB StatIcon Air LargeWhite Airtime  4.2
Landing  4.1
NFSPB StatIcon Brakes LargeWhite Response  1.7
Power  0.0