In the vast uncharted wilderness of Austria lives an automotive Dr. Moreau, a mad genius who splices cars together to create breathtaking beasts like this unholy union of a ’73 VW Bug and 2000 Porsche Boxster S: The Bugster.
The man behind this beauty is Siegfried Rudolf. His shop, CarMaxx, specializes in tuning and restoring VWs and Porsches. Apparently he got the idea for the Bugster after he parked his tuned ’73 Bug next to his wife’s Boxster and noticed the two cars shared a remarkably similar wheelbase. Mastered by CarMaxx, it is also possible to fit the 996 and even GT3 powerplants! Just imagine the look on a 911 driver’s face…
Rudolf grabbed a Sawzall (or its European counterpart) and went to work. The top half of the Boxster came off.
The floorpan of the bug came out. Surprisingly, the bug shell dropped right onto the Boxster floorpan.
Rudolf crafted custom fenders to house 18-inch wheels and bolted in adjustable suspension. The Boxster gave up its dash and other interior bits for the build. The Bug held onto its door panels, crank windows, and glass.
The result is a ’73 bug with 270 horsepower and impeccable street manners.
No snap oversteer here.
From a distance you’d be hard pressed to identify this Bug’s Porsche underpinnings. Up close, however, the conspicuously wide fenders and side-mounted air intakes are a dead giveaway.
It’s a fantastic build.
We salute you, Mr. Rudolf. Keep doing The Lord’s work.
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Manufacturer: CARMAXX Classics
Body: VW Beetle 1303 S
Year 1973 as a self – supporting body welded
Frame: Porsche Boxster S
Engine: 6 cylinder Boxstermotor (built as a mid-engine)
Capacity: 3179cm ³
Power: 270 hp at 6,250 rpm – Tuning using intake manifold, exhaust and ECU tuning)
Transmission: 6 speed gearbox original Porsche
Brakes: ABS with original Porsche
Suspension: Adjustable sports suspension
Tires / wheels: 225/40 | HA 9×18 ET50
205 / 40 | FA 8,5 x18 ET56
Colour: Grigio Telesto Metallic (Lamborghini color)
Curb weight: 1098 kg
Length: 4110 mm
Width: 1800 mm
Height: 1440 mm
Trace dimensions: vo 1455 mm | 1508 mm hi
Maximum speed: approx 230 km / h
Acceleration: 0-100km / h in about 5 seconds.
Fuel consumption: 100 km approx 9l Super
Admission: Officially approved as a Porsche Boxster S with a modified structure
Other: fenders, running boards and rear bumper are hand-made special parts in their original appearance
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