More like a silver round bullet.
The first time Volkswagen resurrected the Beetle the result looked like a bubble with more feminine appeal than many would have preferred. Nevertheless, it was a sales success. But one guy had something else in mind for the 2002 Beetle Turbo he bought for his wife. Inspired by famed German Porsche tuner, RUF, this Beetle was completely transformed by its original owner and now it’s for sale on Craigslist. We wrote about this car almost four years ago the last time it was being sold, which had a then asking price of $50,350.
Today the price is $16,500. That original owner considered this as something of a labor of love, being both a fan of the Beetle as well as RUF. Why not combine the two? However, the car was built with some cooperation with RUF USA and reportedly has $115,000 worth of upgrades. Power comes from the original 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but output is boosted to 225 hp thanks to APR software and lots of custom work. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed manual. Some additional custom upgrades include a stainless steel turbo rear exhaust with RUF exhaust tips, hyperflow intake, turbo boost gauge, leather Recaro seats and stainless steel door sills.
The exterior features 19-inch RUF wheels front and rear, an RUF brake kit, 6-piston Brembo calipers, and tons of "RUF" badges throughout. The upgrade list is pretty extensive and you can check it out on the Craigslist ad itself. The car is located in Oakland, California (despite the ad being for Phoenix, Arizona). The seller is not the original owner who built this silver round bullet, but fortunately the car comes with the original window sticker and a lot of build information.