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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

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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 is rated 2 in acceleration, handling, and drifting; and 1 in strength.

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
NFSNL Volkswagen Beetle Speedhunters Carlist.jpg Sports Class Sports Stock 3500 5400 4895 616 Performance Rating
NFSNL GoldStar 3.pngNFSNL GreyStar 5.png x35 Rare Blueprints Max 8080 11018 10504 980 Performance Rating
Stage Upgrades
NFSNL GoldStar 4.pngNFSNL GreyStar 4.png x25 Rare Blueprints
NFSNL GoldStar 5.pngNFSNL GreyStar 3.png x30 Rare Blueprints
NFSNL GoldStar 6.pngNFSNL GreyStar 2.png x40 Rare Blueprints
NFSNL GoldStar 7.pngNFSNL GreyStar 1.png x40 Rare Blueprints
NFSNL GoldStar 8.png x65 Rare Blueprints
Tuned 8633 12445 12449 Performance Rating

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.

NFSPB VolkswagenBeetle Garage.jpg Drag ClassDrift ClassOff-road ClassRace ClassRunner ClassSpeedcross Class Find all of its Derelict parts.
NFSPB BankYellow Icon.png 30,300
NFSPB StatIcon Speed LargeWhite.png Horsepower 101
Top Speed 101
NFSPB StatIcon Accel LargeWhite.png 0 - 60 8.03
1/4 Mile 16.43
NFSPB StatIcon Nitro LargeWhite.png N2O Capacity 3.6
N2O Power 3.6
NFSPB StatIcon Air LargeWhite.png Airtime 4.2
Landing 4.1
NFSPB StatIcon Brakes LargeWhite.png Response 1.7
Power 0.0

"Spring Bug"

The "Spring Bug" edition is unlocked upon successfully delivering it to Rav at his airfield during its rotation period as an abandoned car.

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.

NFSPB VolkswagenBeetle SpringBug Garage.jpg NFSPB Dealership NA Icon.pngNFSPB Dealership NA Icon.pngNFSPB Dealership NA Icon.pngRace ClassNFSPB Dealership NA Icon.pngNFSPB Dealership NA Icon.png Complete its abandoned car event when available.
NFSPB BankYellow Icon.png 0
NFSPB StatIcon Speed LargeWhite.png Horsepower 230
Top Speed 134
NFSPB StatIcon Accel LargeWhite.png 0 - 60 4.17
1/4 Mile 12.47
NFSPB StatIcon Nitro LargeWhite.png N2O Capacity 3.6
N2O Power 3.6
NFSPB StatIcon Air LargeWhite.png Airtime 4.2
Landing 4.1
NFSPB StatIcon Brakes LargeWhite.png Response 1.7
Power 0.0

Need for Speed: Heat

The Beetle '63 appears in Need for Speed: Heat following an article published[1][2] 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 NFSHE Icon Bank.png18,000 upon reaching Reputation Level 22NFSHE Icon Rep.png.

It has a customisation rating of five and can be equipped with performance parts.

NFSHE Volkswagen Beetle Dealership.jpg
Unlocked at NFSHE Icon Reputation.png LVL 22
Infobox 2017White Car.png 100
NFSHE Icon Bank.png18,000
HORSEPOWER [bhp] 101
0-60 MPH [s] 7.50
MAX TORQUE [ft-lb] 165
TOP SPEED [mph] 105
NFSHE HandlingCartesianGraph.png
Customisation (Rating: 7/10)
Engine Swaps (8 Available)
101 hp 1.2L F4
8,000, 7NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 101 / 386
197 hp 2.0L F4
33,500, 11NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 197 / 584
147 hp 2.4L I6
26,000, 15NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 147 / 674
121 hp 2.2L I4
70,500, 15NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 121 / 630
300 hp 2.5L F4
69,500, 19NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 300 / 690
345 hp 2.3L I4
78,000, 19NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 345 / 645
369 hp 1.5L I3 Hybrid
88,500, 19NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 369 / 660
362 hp 2.5L F4
91,000, 23NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 362 / 698



  1. Article: (2019) Under the Hood: Need for Speed Heat Car List. Available at:
  2. Article: (2019) Need for Speed Heat Full Car List Revealed. Available at: