V8 VW Beetle

V8 VW Beetle

A member off LS1Tech forums created a VW Beetle which has a turbocharged 5.3L V8 engine. The engine appears to be a LS4. The Bug sits on a custom boxed frame made previous for a smaller engine. There is no telling how much horsepower this puts down but I am sure it is enough and more then a stock VW engine pushes. Check out below the videos and images.

V8 VW Beetle

Source: LS1Tech via Jalopnik

19 thoughts on “V8 VW Beetle

  1. bilal hatoum

    Hi

    i’m bilal from lebanon i like this project because i search to know how i build the chassis because i will make like this project

    best regards
    bilal

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    1. sanford schrader

      hi i have just purched a squareback would like to pick your brain about your vw build . please email a phone no if you would not mind . great build thanks sandy

      Reply
  2. CAL LAUNDRY

    LOOKS ALSOME I HAVE A 70 VW BUG WITH A 40 FORD PANEL KIT ON MINE LOOKING FOR SPECS TO MAKE FULL FRAME WITH A CHEV 350 WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO HELP TKS CAL

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  3. Mack Franklin

    Hello,
    Im looking to do the same with a beetle. I wondereed if you could tell me how much this cost and what type, and brands of everything that is in your bug. I want a small car that can pull up to a vette and waste em’ and forget about all that tuner stuff this is purly muscle.
    Thanks,
    Mack Franklin

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  4. Gabe

    Hi,
    I am 17 and I recently got a ’57 VW Baja bug. I was wondering if you could offer any advice on how to make something like that possible on a car like mine. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    Gabe

    Reply
  5. adam

    hello,
    im hopefully getting a vw 1303 superbeetle and want a very high powered 1.3 engine for it, could you please let me know what that engine can be, if it would need a conversion and how much would it be for the conversion?
    thanks for your help

    cheers
    adam

    Reply
  6. Swap1 Post author

    Mack and Gabe, If you are interested in putting a V8 in a Beetle, I would suggest you sign up to the LS1Tech forum. There is a ton of help on that website.

    Reply
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  8. colton

    for anyone that wants to know prostreetbugs.com has a frame they make for bugs so you can put a front mounted V8 in your vw bug. or you can buy their blueprints and build the frame for yourself. the blueprints cost 125 dollars. plus i think 5 dollars shipping. i plan on buying the plans VERY soon for a few bug projects i want to start including one for the baja 1000, one 4×4 bug and one as a street sleeper. im thinking 383 stroker for baja 1000, putting my 454 in the 4×4 one and an ls1 for the street sleeper :)

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  9. Taylor HIll

    So he spent all this money to put this V8 in this bug, when it probably would have ran a better 1/4 mile with just a bored out VW air-cooled motor and would have been alot cheeper and faster. And alot less effort.

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  10. Joel

    Taylor: Maybe so, but would it be as awesome? Heck no! Put a Ford or Continental style front end kit on it and it’s bad to the bone.

    I’m interested to know what kind of transmission it has.

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  11. raim rabi

    elle est vriment trés bien faite ,tu un profitionnel,moi j’ai une coxi et je veux la tuner,j’émerais bien que tu me donne un peut d’idais,than you.

    Reply
  12. Matthew Chevalier

    @ Taylor Hill

    Then he would just have another bug. How many V8 bugs, much less with boost, do you see? Maybe he also wanted to do a complete build up. Maybe he doesn’t like the sound of a farty 4 cylinder. Perhaps he thought about a different V8 build, but found using a bug body inexpensive.

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