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Old 04-07-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Default Killing Machine: 1973 VW Beetle with a Subaru WRX STI 2.0-liter Turbo Engine

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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!
http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2012/04...%28CARSCOOP%29
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:03 AM   #2
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Back in the old school days the hot upgrade was to put a Corvair 6 in. This was specially popular for dune buggies and VW buses. pop in that 6cyl motor in dune buggy like Steve McQeeen did.
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:26 PM   #3
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Sweet. Not even a roll cage on that thing. Course that's probably unnecessary since they're not wearing seat belts and would get thrown clear anyways. We're such wimps nowadays.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:45 PM   #4
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A: It looks fantastic.

B: It seems like it would be a helluva lot of fun.

A car that looks that good, has been taken care of. chances are the drivetrain and suspension have been upgraded to handle the demand... not to say that the rear tires will stand up very long, but tires are disposable.

I can only imagine the wheelies that thing must be capable of pulling, if you really want to.

The black Fuchs style wheels look great.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:13 AM   #5
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Thats cool.
I remember thinking how fast my 66 was with a built-up 1600dp. I love old VW's. I've pretty much seen it all when it comes to swapping engines in bugs. I've also seen VW flat fours swapped into lots of things.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:14 PM   #6
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Not bad. I used to own a 73 beetle. It was a little modified, had a nice Gene Berg exhaust. I much prefer the mid to late 60s beetles, I always wanted an oval window with stroked Berg motor and dual webers. I like the one in this vid better...

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Old 04-08-2012, 09:20 PM   #7
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My 66 is still in the garage... All Gene Berg'ed out. Berg was building fast VW's since the old days. Yes, I also long for an oval with a 2110 Stroker...
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:02 AM   #8
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Nice, but where's the radiator?
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:43 AM   #9
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Good question.

I doubt the engine bay gap acting as a scoop would be enough for both a radiator, and an intercooler.

I am not sure if enough airflow could be brought up from under the car to have the radiator under the front trunk lid, without a grille, or an outlet.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:07 PM   #10
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Here's one of my customers:
http://video.noneclip.com/?w=qNXPI9V...14-mile-256kmt

Runs a 1987 G50 5spd gearbox with our dog box conversion. The irony is that he's faster in that Beetle than the world's fastest 911, which is also one of our customers.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:15 PM   #11
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Too bad they used a "fat chick", but cool none-the-less.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:38 PM   #12
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Maybe clean earlier cars are cost-prohibitive for crazy builds these days, idk its been ten years since I bought an aircooled VW.
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