• Aug 26, 2009
Subaru WRX STI-powered Volkswagen Beetle - Click above to watch the video after the break

Somehow, we doubt this is what Dr. Ferdinand Porsche had in mind when he set out to design a horizontally-opposed four cylinder engine powering the rear wheels of his so-called "People's Car." No matter, we're happy to see the good ol' Beetle is still getting its due after all these years, in this case courtesy of a worked-over turbocharged 2.5-liter engine making over 350 horsepower yanked from a Subaru WRX STI.

As you might imagine, this little bugger of a powerplant has no problem moving its rounded Volkswagen wrapper at warp speed. While some may bemoan the lack of the donor car's all-wheel drive powertrain, the Beetle's rear-mounted engine placement and super short gearing equals loads of traction, making for an excellent drag racing platform.

Fortunately, the rest of the package has been appropriately beefed up and customized to handle the Beetle's newfound power. Modifications include a narrowed and dropped front beam, four-wheel disc brakes, a heavy-duty clutch, wide rear rubber and a touchscreen digital dash enabling on-the-fly tuning adjustments. Check out the gallery below and hit the jump for a couple of videos.



[Source: Caradisiac]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      That is a very very nice car, looks amazing too.

      Not really sure why its such a big thing though? people have been putting scooby engines in aircooled dubs for years?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's always the possibility that Mr. Korzeniewski has not come across this before, as I have not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG, I wish I could put my 2006 Mitsubishi Evolution IX engine into my wife's 1998 New Beetle like that. That would be awesome! LOL!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's an awesome power plan to put in the old school beettle.

      • 5 Years Ago
      This certainly has me thinking, but something more like a wide bodied Karmann Ghia with this powertrain and upgraded suspension... Hmmm...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It burns gas and rubber...that's MY kind of hybrid!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Simply awesome and so much more creative than a run of the mill showroom fresh big buck car. I've always thought an old Subaru XT with an STi motor would be a super cool quirky sleeper.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now I know what a Monster Bug looks like. Time to think about bug out vehicle :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      That gets my "Official Seal of Awesomeness". It's just that awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A buddy of mine has a 73 VW Type 2 with a JDM STi engine. You wanna talk about a scary ride... how about a VW Van going 0 to 60 in about 9 to 10 seconds, and walking all over the road due to the "unique" steering mechanism of the bus!

      I took a video a while back of it. I'll have to find it and upload it to Youtube.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about a WRX-powered Meyers Manxster? Check out http://www.denmatcars.com/manxter22.html

      Less weight, more wheelies!
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