This 2002 Volkswagen Turbo S Beetle Raises The RUF

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I feel like this is one of those annoying GEICO commercials. Everyone knows that the 911 came from the VW Beetle, but did you know that you can have a Volkswagen version of a legendary Porsche builder? Check out this 2002 RUF VW Beetle Turbo S on Craigslist.


Many of us fantasize about a weekend car for cruising, canyon carving, or attacking our local race track. A car that throws practicality aside for pure driving enjoyment. Car Buying has scoured the internet to find a ride for your perfect Sunday Drive!

Normally when you think of a RUF car, you imagine something like this -

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Built upon a modest Golf chassis, with the engine now in the front the "new Beetle" and it's flower holder wasn't exactly the most loved VW by enthusiasts. But any car is automatically made better with the addition of a turbo, and the boosted Beetle became serious little compact.

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According to the ad, this car was custom built in cooperation with RUF USA, is "show quality" and fully street legal. It can be yours for $33,870. The extensive modifications include:

Performance & Suspension:

  • APR DPP (Stock, 93 and 100 Octane Programs)
  • APR 2.5″ Stainless Steel Turbo Back Exhaust w/ RUF Exhaust Tip
  • Custom Hyperflow Intake by Stratmosphere w/ AFE Breather
  • Hyperboost HP Diverter Valve by Stratmosphere
  • VDO Turbo Boost Gauge
  • Complete SAMCO Hose kit
  • Hose Techniques Super Blue Vacuum Lines
  • 42 Draft Design Vacuum Line T-Fitting and Restrictor
  • VF Engineering Motor, Transmission and Pendulum Mounts
  • VF Engineering Front Sway Bar End Links
  • Vogtland Coilovers w/1.5″ drop
  • Eibach 22mm Front & 25mm Rear Sway bars
  • Sigma Six Short Shift Kit
  • Optima Group 35 Redtop Battery
  • Mobil One Oil and Oil Filters used Exclusively

Tires & Wheels:

  • RUF Wheel Set w/Continental ContiSport Contact 3′s
  • Fronts: 19 x 8.5″ Et56, 22mm H&R Trak+ Wheel Spacers, (Final Et34), 235x35x19′s
  • Rears: 19 x 10″ Et66, 30mm H&R Trak+ Wheel Spacers, (Final Et36), 255x30x19′s
  • OEM RUF/Porsche Black Anodized Lugs & Wheel Locks


  • RUF/ECS Big Brake Kit with Proprietary Tuning by RUF
  • Fronts: 6 Piston RUF Tuned Brembo Calipers w/Hawk Performance Ferro-Carbon Pads, ECS 14.1″ light weight 2 piece vented Cross- Drilled/Slotted Floating Rotors.
  • Rears: RUF Tuned 337/20AE Rear Calipers and Carriers w/Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads, ECS 12.1″ light weight 2 piece floating 308x22mm vented Cross-Drilled/Slotted Floating Rotors. *Stainless Steel Lines and Super Blue Racing Fluid

Interior Styling:

  • Custom RUF "One-Off" Hand Stitched Leather Steering Wheel /Airbag
  • Custom RUF Shifter and Shift Knob
  • Custom RUF Molded and Painted Shifter Center Console and Arm Rest w/Custom Black Leather Top-Stitched Arm Rest Cover
  • Custom RUF "One-Off" Embroidered Floor Mats
  • Custom Leather Recaro Sportster CS Seats w/Painted Shells
  • Custom RUF "One-Off" Polished Billet Aluminum Grab Handle
  • Custom Turbo S Dash Plaque
  • Custom "One-Off" Pod Mounted Turbo Boost Gauge Housing
  • RSI Polished Billet Aluminum Heat-A/C-Fan Control Knobs
  • Polished Billet Aluminum Dash Defrost Vents
  • Custom Polished Billet Aluminum Cup Holders and Mirror Switch
  • Audi TT A/C Vents & Shift Trim Ring
  • Euro Headlight Switch with disabled DRL's
  • Stainless Steel Door Sills with "Turbo S" logos
  • Stainless Steel 12V Socket Flashlight

Exterior Styling:

  • Incorporated Audi TT Gas Cap Conversion
  • Polished Billet Aluminum Oil Cap, Coolant Cap, Fuel Cap, Windshield Washer Reservoir Cap and Power Steering Cap Covers
  • Caractere Side Skirts
  • DTM Chin Spoilers
  • Speedster Hood Cowl
  • Phaeton Antenna
  • Shaved Front Hood / Filled License Plate
  • Shaved and Molded Rear Tow Hook Cover
  • Shaved Rear Hood and Engine Cover with RUF designation badges
  • Shaved and Smoothed Rocker Panels
  • Custom "One-Off" Rear Valance Exhaust Blend
  • 3M Paint Protection Film
  • Tinted Glass with 35% tint
  • Custom "Turbo S" side Decals
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Some dismiss the 911 as nothing more than a "fancy Beetle," so if you fancy your self something unique in the "new Beetle," it's hard to beat this RUF Turbo.


(H/T to JordanWPhillips-Toyota fanboy)

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I've actually seen this car in person at my local cars and coffee up in New Canaan, CT about a year ago or so. It didn't make any sense back then and it still doesn't now. At the end of the day it's a Beetle with some crap on it.