Check out this Sleeper Volkswagen Beetle as it takes on a modern Dodge Charger Hellcat in a drag race.
We’ve seen our fair share of sleeper cars around these parts, but they’re usually masquerading as classic muscle cars. The odd ‘70s Challenger, Barracuda, or Mustang isn’t really all that surprising. But a Bug? That’s interesting.
You’re probably already familiar with the Volkswagen Beetle--it is the most produced car the world has ever seen, after all. It’s the face of Bumblebee, the yellow Transformer, as well as the hero of the Herbie franchise.
Over 21 million Beetles have been produced since its introduction as “the people’s car” way back in 1938, and although the world has changed much since the Beetle’s introduction, the Beetle itself remained mostly the same with its engine in the back and luggage in the front design.
Due to its ubiquitousness, the Beetle is a common vehicle for special projects. Usually, tuners will turn a Beetle into a Baja Bug, tearing off the doors and giving the Beetle wider axles, oversized tires, and beefy off-road suspension. Drag race Beetles aren’t unheard of, however, and usually feature an engine swap from a performance motorcycle.
We have no idea what resides under this particular Beetle’s hatch, but it would have to be a lot to take on a Hellcat.
With 707 horsepower and the ability to launch from zero to sixty in just 3.3 seconds, the Dodge Charger Hellcat is the modern muscle sedan that’s as home on the drag strip as it is picking up groceries. Although not as fast as the Challenger Demon or Redeye, the Hellcat still puts up more than enough fight for a big, hulking 4-door sedan.
It’s quite the contrast seeing the 4,500 lb Hellcat square off against a car that weighs less than half that amount. Check out the video above to see which car comes out on top.