Custom Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi 4.2 L V8

Stealth Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi V8

Jean Fourie has spent the three years designing and building the V8 Stealth Beetle at his company 3L Engineering in Cape Town, South Africa. Jean started with a 1965 Beetle body that sits over a custom aluminum chassis cut and bent out of five and six mm sheets by Vulcan Steel resulting in a 950 kg (2094 lb) vehicle. The Beetle rides on a BMW E39 M5 suspension with BMW E36 wishbones. The engine is a 4.2 L V8 from Audi S8 that makes 450+ horsepower thanks to twin turbochargers and a Haltech Elite ECU. Behind the engine sits a TTV Racing clutch and flywheel connected to a six-speed manual transaxle. You can order your own Stealth Beetle with turn-key vehicles starting at $85,000 or as a rolling chassis or kit. Contact doug@v8stealthbeetle.com for more details.

Stealth Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi V8

Stealth Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi V8

Stealth Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi V8

Stealth Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi V8

Stealth Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi V8

Stealth Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi V8

Stealth Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi V8

Stealth Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi V8

Stealth Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi V8

Source: V8 Stealth Beetle FB page and YouTube channel

9 Comments

    • Chris

      On the other hand, it’s kind of a bargain for the amount of engineering and fabrication work required for a near-custom vehicle. It _almost_ seems reasonable in a world where you have to pay mechanics $100/hr to work on your stuff and Flyin’ Miata wants $50K to pop an LS engine into a Miata (car not included!).

      Not sayin’ I’d buy one if I had $85K burning a hole in my pocket, but money just doesn’t go as far once you’ve left the world of the mass-produced AND you’re not doing your own work.

    • REALCARfan

      Way to miss the point by a mile.
      I’d have way more fun blowing the doors off R8’s in this thing.
      Plus, I’d never buy a used R8 especially the V8 version, some people tend to thrash the hell out of them before selling.
      Either way, you’re boring.

      • MOPARfan

        You can blow the doors off R8’s all you want, but at the end of the day you’d be still driving a Beetle, no matter how fast it is.
        And your attempt to troll me is pathetic, rather than clever.

        • REALCARfan

          Most of the comment you make are pathetic, cunt. Go suck off a hemi exhaust. I’m sure you look like a complete tool no matter what kind of car you’re driving badly. By the way, you’re the troll here. 🙂

          • MOPARfan

            Whatever you say TOYCARfan. How typical, morons like you always go with the insults, when they ran out of arguments. Just shows how pathetic you are.

        • Rc

          This dude that rags on this magnificent V8 beetle is obviously a skillless douche who has no clue what to do with a welder and a torch lol what a moron

          • MOPARfan

            Oh hey, it’s another moron with pathetic attempt to insult! Well quess what, you failed, just like your boyfriend REALCARfan.

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