And It has V8 power.
The Volkswagen Beetle holds a special place in the hearts of hundreds of thousands across the world, having been immortalized in popular culture, especially during the Hippie era. The Beetle might be discontinued, but that hasn't stopped the aftermarket scene from continuing to mod these economic little rides, and in fact, the mod scene for these cars is only growing. We've seen some fast bugs, and some weird ones, but the car featured here is something truly unique: it's a larger-than-life bug that is the same size, if not bigger, than a Hummer.
Scott Tupper and his dad, two Beetle fanatics from Gardena California, decided that they wanted to do something completely different to their bug. "My dad and I thought it would be nice if we had a Volkswagen that was comfortable and not feel like you're going to get run over in traffic." The idea stuck, and soon they were on their way to building their superbug.
"We had a 59 Volkswagen convertible, we digitized it, scanned it everywhere, took it apart, and made each part 40% bigger on the computer." The duo based their design on a Dodge truck chassis which could handle the size of the body, as well as the weight. The Beetle has a few creature comforts that bring it up to date, such as power steering, heated seats, and air conditioning.
A lot of work was done to hide the modern amenities such as the power window buttons, and even the gauge pod is a slide out feature that gets tucked away under the dashboard when not in use. Powering this big bug is a 5.7-liter V8 engine that features an automatic transmission, as well as a simulated brake pedal and clutch pedal, that are actually both brake pedals. This car is clearly not a prop, but a functioning vehicle that runs and drives comfortably and reliably. Tupper says of the car "people chase you to try to get up next to it, they almost run you off the road because they're not looking where they're going." We think that is exactly the point.