Killing Machine: 1973 VW Beetle with a Subaru WRX STI 2.0-liter Turbo Engine


If you believe that even with its run-of-the-mill 44bhp 1.3-liter air-cooled engine, the 1970's Volkswagen Beetle is a tough car to handle on the road, then you can only imagine what it would be like to try and control a Bug fitted with the zappy 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine from a Subaru Impreza WRX STi…

To make matters worse, the German dealer who listed the converted Beetle STi on a Romanian car sales website called 'Webcar' doesn’t mention anything about suspension upgrades.

The description makes word of numerous engine upgrades along with Porsche-sourced brakes, wheels and other accessories. The Subaru Boxer engine is said to produce 282hp (210kW).

But if you think that the 282-horsepower upgrade is the silliest thing about this car, then apparently you haven't heard about the asking price which is €59,990 or around US$79,500…

Thanks to Csaba for the find!




aaronbbrown said... »April 06, 2012

 What a great idea, I'm sure it's a blast to drive.

aaronbbrown said... »April 06, 2012

 My pops had a 73, this was the car I learned how to drive in when I was five.  Solid car that would do over 100 mph with the original engine, handled well and even though little floaty it was exceptionally stable at high speed.

Márk Gázser said... »April 07, 2012

I had this idea of engine swap before this, and now it came true! Great car, must be a beast!

Kaveh said... »April 07, 2012

I would totally buy it if it wasn't $80k and in the States.

john1168 said... »April 07, 2012

Awesome!  I thought about restoring one of these a while back but thought of putting an old Porsche engine in it but the Subie engine, I would imagine, would be a cheaper option with potentially more power.  Great idea!

Nelson Auto News said... »April 07, 2012

Beautiful car with powerful engine but...$80k??

Hugh Jorgan said... »April 07, 2012

Bullshit.  The only way a stock 73 Super Beatle would do 100 mph was off a cliff if it was high enough.

Oz said... »April 08, 2012

Good one.
I had 2 samples, very rigid car but it cannot handle to much speed and power on stock components.
the good thing is that ther's alot of alternative Pro Components.

for me it's a car to build, not to buy.

It is the modern incarnation about Steve Mcwin's Porsche-Powered-Beetle.
have fun

Shtekeris said... »April 09, 2012

It's almost as fast as 911 in drag race ;) As proven by Hammond in Top Gear.

Hugh Jorgan said... »April 09, 2012

A stock 1973 VW Super Beatle is almost as fast as a 911 Porche? Your ass is sucking wind.

lazy_penguin said... »April 10, 2012

 You obviously didn't see the episode of Top Gear where they dropped a Beatle from a crane.

SuperBuggin said... »May 02, 2012

I've got the same Subaru conversion in my 74 Beetle, they handle well with some sway bars, wider wheels and lowered a but

Matt Denson said... »May 25, 2012

the guy writing this article obviously never owned a vw bug. theyre some of the easiest cars to drive in the world. the only real difficulty is that theres no power which this car obviously has. 

Matt Denson said... »May 25, 2012

and by the way, this car came with a 1.6 liter.

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