1966 VW Beetle with a Turbo 13B

1966 VW Beetle with a turbo Mazda 13B

Mario Markakis stopped by Jay Leno’s Garage recently to show off his 1966 Volkswagen Beetle. Mario originally purchased the Beetle with a 1600 cc flat-four that he later turbocharged. After getting only 125 horsepower out of the combo he decided to go a different route. He settled on a 1.3 L Mazda 13B from a 1990 RX-7 that now produces 250-280 horsepower with a turbo and some upgrades. The engine is connected to the factory VW four-speed transmission through an adapter plate. Watch as Jay and Mario show the fun you can have in $15K build.

1966 VW Beetle with a turbo Mazda 13B

1966 VW Beetle with a turbo Mazda 13B

1966 VW Beetle with a turbo Mazda 13B

1966 VW Beetle with a turbo Mazda 13B

1966 VW Beetle with a turbo Mazda 13B

Source: Jay Leno’s Garage

4 Comments

  1. MOPARfan

    If I would have a lot of cash I’d build myself mid engined Viper V10 powered Beetle. Unfortunately I’m poor. 🙁 Anyway, pretty nice, clean car. Wheels fit it well.

  2. ROLDAN

    I have a 1964 VW with a sunroof that I bought for $150 when I was 15…. I love my bug but it needs work. I would love to have the exact same set up as Mario and enjoy my baby as a daily driver…. how can someone like myself get connected with Mr. Markakis.

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