For the 2015 model year, the Volkswagen Beetle comes with either a 1.8-liter or 2-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. The 1.8-liter engine generates 170 horsepower and 184 foot-pounds of torque, and the 2-liter engine generates 210 horsepower and 207 foot-pounds of torque.
For the 1998 model year, the Beetle utilized a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine that made 115 horsepower, or a 1.9-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine making 90 horsepower. In 1999, the Beetle came with a different 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that made 160 horsepower. In 2002, Volkswagen introduced a Beetle Turbo S model that featured an upgraded version of that same 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that made 180 horsepower and 170 foot-pounds of torque.