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Can a 62-horsepower Rabbit really keep up with a perp standing on the gas pedal of a Barracuda? Hey, the Malaise Era demanded some suspension of disbelief!

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Even the Chrysler Slant Six generated more than twice the power of the Rabbit's engine (though the '70 Barracuda convertible- which is my best guess about the yellow car's identity within the limitations of the blurry low-res video- weighed nearly 1,200 pounds more than the VW), but the point is that the Malaise Rabbit wasn't quite as horrifyingly slow as most people thought. Right?

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