Volkswagen Beetle V6

No Volkswagen Beetles were ever issued with a V6 engine, except for the incredibly rare VW Beetle RSI.
Written by Jasmine Kanter
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Volkswagen Beetle
is as fun and peppy as its iconic shape, but drivers hoping to find a V6 for a Volkswagen Beetle are out of luck—unless they manage to get their hands on the uber-rare RSI.
The original, popular, and longstanding VW Bug ended its run in 2019 with a 174-horsepower turbocharged inline-four. Few, however, have heard of the souped-up Beetle RSI’s 219-British-horsepower 3.2L VR6 engine—and for good reason. Between 2001 and 2003, a mere 250 were produced. 
(Well, 251 if you count the one specially manufactured for a former VW company manager.)
With a starting price tag of $80,000, rarity and age have only made these VR6-powered collectibles more expensive. We knew ye too briefly, dearest RSI! 
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Volkswagen Beetle competitors with a V6

We’re sorry to disappoint, but six-cylinder engines are an incredibly rare sight in the world of zippy, lightweight compacts. Take a look at any of Volkswagen’s competitors—like the
Honda Civic
Toyota Corolla
, or
hatchbacks—and you won’t find a V6 among them. 
Similarly-styled European offerings, like the Italian
Fiat 500X
or British
MINI Cooper
, are also restricted to three and four cylinders, respectively.
Among Volkswagen’s other models, the
Atlas SE
(with Technology Package) or
are the only ones to offer a V6. Compacts like the
Golf R
Golf GTI
, again, use an inline-four
It seems with the push toward electric and hybrid engines—and an emphasis on less curb weight—the days of powerful-but-tiny “pocket rockets” are coming to an end.

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