This Subaru WRX STI-Powered VW Beetle Could Be the Ultimate Sleeper

Originally, this Beetle likely made around 40 horsepower. Now it makes at well over 300.

Thanks to years of tinkering, people have figured out a number of ways to make a faster Volkswagen Beetle. You can do anything from converting its stock flat-four to run on Weber carbs, to swapping in an engine from the Porsche 356. But if you want big power, you’ll need the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine from a Subaru WRX STI. One such Beetle just showed up on eBay, and it looks about perfect.

The auction listing is light on detail, but the pictures show that a lot of work went into this build. This Beetle is a German-market model from 1965 and the seller says its restoration began in 2004. The restoration was very thorough—according to the seller “not one bolt was left unaltered,” and that there are “too many performance upgrades to list.”

Under the rear decklid lives a EJ25 from a WRX STI that’s driven less than 1000 miles since being installed in this car. Stock, the EJ25 produces 305 horsepower, but it seems like this engine is probably making more power now. It’s also been converted to run on E85 fuel.
There are lots of neat details found throughout—we dig the Porsche Fuchs alloy wheels, and the tachometer that appears to be from a 1990s 911. The roof rack completes the package perfectly.

At the time of writing, bidding is up to $15,000 with the reserve not yet met. Clearly, the seller put a lot of money into this build, so they’re probably not going to part with this Beetle on the cheap.

via The Drive

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