Siegfried Rudolf owns an Austrian company called Carmaxx Classics, and he took it upon himself to create a one-of-a-kind sports car. The Bugster 9:03 packs the engine and running gear from a 2000 Porsche Boxster S beneath the bodywork of a 1973 Volkswagen Beetle.
After two years of chopping and welding, Rudolf and company had a complete vehicle that is road-legal and registered. The car packs the Boxster S’s 3.2-liter flat-six engine and six-speed transmission beneath the old-school bodywork. The engine scores a new exhaust and reprogrammed computer, bringing output to 270 horsepower. Because the whole Bugster weighs a scant 2416 pounds, Carmaxx says the 0-to-62-mph run takes just five seconds. Talk about a sleeper!
The creators also wanted to retain the Boxster’s handling prowess, so the Bugster rides on adjustable suspension components, as well as the original Porsche steering gear, brakes, and 18-inch wheels. Even more amazing is the fact that the Bugster now boasts ABS, stability control, and airbags — all features yet to be invented when the donor Bug was built.
The resultant car is almost the inverse of the 1970s Porsche 914. That car employed a Volkswagen engine in a Porsche body and chassis, whereas the Bugster packs modern Porsche components inside an original, air-cooled Beetle.
The Bugster was born when Rudolf saw a Boxster parked next to a Beetle and noticed the similarities in the cars’ overall shapes and wheelbases. Not content to build one copy, Carmaxx says it is now accepting orders for customer versions of the Bugster. For the truly brave, they’ll even swap in running gear from the Porsche 911 GT3. Yikes.