The stats are the stuff of legend: The Bug’s 8.0-liter, 1000-plus-hp W-16 is the most powerful and complex production engine in history. It has 64 valves, four turbochargers, and enough pavement-shredding grunt—922 lb-ft at 2200 rpm—to wrinkle God’s underwear. Its W-shaped, 16-cylinder layout, essentially an orgy of narrow-angle Volkswagen VR4s, has never been used before and likely never will be again. Oh, and it comes with a warranty.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime engineering unicorn, kind of like what would happen if the Apollo space program and Ferdinand Porsche somehow jointly got the Titanic pregnant. If that ain’t interesting, we don’t know what is.