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

14 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.

  1. Meh

    MOPARfan and REALCARfan

    You two should get room, a private room because you two are in love, L.O.V.E. love.

  2. Arthur

    MOPARfan wrote: “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.”

    That would certainly make registering it with a local DMV much easier, since it can legally be registered as a Beetle.

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