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SLEEPER BUG: 517 WHP Subaru-powered 1973 VW Super Beetle | Nicole Johnson's Detour EP1

Would you ever guess this cute little VW bug produces 517 horsepower at the wheels and screams like a Formula 1 race car? Nicole Johnson goes for a wild ride in the ultimate Sleeper Bug, a Subaru WRX-powered 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle that you’d swear was bone stock. But that’s the whole point…
Designed, built and owned by OG13 King of the Hammers winner John Reynolds.

SPECIAL THANKS to Kicker for their years of support!
#vwbeetle #vwbug #sleeperbug


  1. W P

    W P

    Uur geleden

    Ugh that guy is a tool. Next time romp that throttle.



    Uur geleden

    That look on her face butterfly.

  3. Ronald Vandermoon

    Ronald Vandermoon

    Uur geleden

    Can this be duplicated in a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia?

  4. Jo Marz

    Jo Marz

    2 uur geleden

    He's a great dude, I wouldn't ever let her mess with that ride ...

  5. Gee S

    Gee S

    7 uur geleden

    Nice Job. But. The real job today would be: One e-motor for each wheel. 4 Wheel Drive. There you have it. Your 5oohp Beetle wouldn't even have heard that one coming and see it only passing it by. Think about it. GEE S. from Germany

  6. Rerock


    8 uur geleden

    Is the one from the build thread on Pirate4x4?

  7. Fyvos Ioakim

    Fyvos Ioakim

    13 uur geleden

    Lol Currently being rebuilt after this interview.

  8. Galuh Richata

    Galuh Richata

    14 uur geleden

    I am a Subaru fan boy, and I want that bug.. that is just awesome...😍😍😍

  9. Skip White

    Skip White

    15 uur geleden

    that's the fucked up transmission I've ever seen. put a normal trans in that thing.

  10. Life in Washington

    Life in Washington

    18 uur geleden

    Thanks Nicole, great video. Thanks for giving my 11yro daughter a real hero to look up to.

    • Nicole Johnson's Detour

      Nicole Johnson's Detour

      18 uur geleden

      I love this! Thank you and tell her I said hello!!

  11. Labor Tank

    Labor Tank

    19 uur geleden

    This is a very irritating man. He is always one-upping her in conversation and he's often wrong. He assumes she is a moron and he is a genius. He's wrong on both counts. I'm not saying he is stupid but he is not as smart as he thinks he is. He IS the type of man I would punch after a few minutes if I were forced to listen to him speak. She is both patient and forgiving.

  12. Labor Tank

    Labor Tank

    19 uur geleden

    It's not parasitic drag. It's frictional loss. Parasitic drag is a type aerodynamic drag.

  13. Nicholas Mirmino

    Nicholas Mirmino

    22 uur geleden

    mp i saw his immpresion. LMFAO

  14. orgenoburt


    Dag geleden

    I love a woman that can talk cars!🤩

  15. blackbirdxx928 Giffin

    blackbirdxx928 Giffin

    Dag geleden

    Dog box, like a motorcycle? Guess he hasnt done much bike ridding...if you are on the gas you can pull up on the shifter just as hard as you want, it aint gona come out of gear until you back of the gas a little....Bad ass little to love sleepers....although the E 85 is kind of a bite...half the fuel mileage for 100 hp

  16. John S

    John S

    Dag geleden

    It's always scary when someone else is driving😱 I love this woman😍😜💖

  17. John Sikes

    John Sikes

    Dag geleden

    It may look like a sleeper, but NOBODY that knows anything is going to mistake that for a VW motor as soon as you start it up. Tis a beast! I had a friend that, way back, swapped a slightly built Porsche motor and welded a full parallelogram suspension up under a bug. Obviously not the beast this this is, straight line, but it WAS fast (maybe 5 seconds to 60) and he would destroy this thing on a road course. He used to autocross it all the time, and it was competitive with all but the purpose built really high performance esoteric stuff (this was local autocross, not something pro level). This is one bad ass bug, and I like the mini stock looking pipes on the waste gate. I suspect that might even quiet it down a bit in operation, sounded like it on the video. Looks like a heap o fun, and looks like it needs a WHOLE lot more 'hook up' if you are going to race. If he drags it, I assume they are drag slicks then. I'd like to see a run with it, if so. I'll take a look 'round. Sounds just plain awesome! One fine toy. Beautiful build. Looking at the axle drive angles gave me a little chill, though, but I don't remember what the original angles looked like, vertically, so maybe not a issue. Might go through joints fairly often if it is excessive. It would have required some pretty major work arounds to 'fix' it though, so I certainly understand why you didn't. Really stock appearing, just not remotely stock sounding. Would have been funny (and silly) to quiet it a lot and put a speaker underneath putting out stock VW motor sounds (kidding).

  18. David Lees

    David Lees

    Dag geleden

    He should of painted white with a blue and red stripe and stuck 53 on the doors

  19. Roy D Mercer

    Roy D Mercer

    Dag geleden

    His face when he was getting on it. An then when she drove was funny. He didn’t like it. Can’t blame him. She could had just been happy riding in it.

  20. Work Life

    Work Life

    Dag geleden

    The ultimate spy car.

  21. KO251


    Dag geleden

    E85 takes more diesel fuel to plow, plant harvest and turn into ethanol and thus is WORSE than pure fossil fuel gasoline. All E85 does is drive up the cost of food made from corn.

  22. hoser hose

    hoser hose

    Dag geleden

    13:29 13:54 almost kills them twice

  23. Daniel Inocencio

    Daniel Inocencio

    Dag geleden

    Let the man talk...

  24. Mike Roberson

    Mike Roberson

    Dag geleden

    LMAO! Dude is scared to death of her driving! I don't blame him

  25. TimeToLoseSomeFriends


    Dag geleden

    What a cool chick! And what a cool car :-)

  26. Brady Szabo

    Brady Szabo

    Dag geleden

    That was great. Such nice work on the car. I wish I would have learned how to work on them when I was younger.

  27. Mikel Robles

    Mikel Robles

    Dag geleden

    Did he really just let a Standard Transmission driver virgin drive his baby WTF dudes crazylol!! Also Someone plz find his 1/4mi. Timeslip plz!

  28. Anthony


    Dag geleden

    Maybe he should've used a synchronized transmission.

  29. Tyler Spin

    Tyler Spin

    Dag geleden

    Gotta love this guy

  30. Tyler Spin

    Tyler Spin

    Dag geleden

    Truly a sleeper. Nice job

  31. Scott S.

    Scott S.

    Dag geleden

    Love the glasses. Great video

  32. William Guill

    William Guill

    Dag geleden

    You're a very trusting person! She looked like she had 2 "O's" between 2nd and 3rd, the last time you drove it before she started grinding gears!

  33. Dane Fuller

    Dane Fuller

    Dag geleden

    I see that ls4...

  34. Kevlar


    Dag geleden

    his face when he drives (kills me) haha

  35. jose gutierrez

    jose gutierrez

    Dag geleden

    Realmente el video lo veo porque me gusto la chica, gracias buenas tardes...

  36. Victor Scurs

    Victor Scurs

    2 dagen geleden

    Unbelievable... People can't drive manual and doing a car review...

  37. Keith Combs

    Keith Combs

    2 dagen geleden

    I think he’s scared of is car

  38. Steve Padilla

    Steve Padilla

    2 dagen geleden

    Amazing car and looks fun to drive. Would love to have it and drive up to a muscle car and smoke him to the next stoplight. haha

  39. nothereforlong


    2 dagen geleden

    She is my sweet spot. 😍😍😍

  40. AC Wright

    AC Wright

    2 dagen geleden

    When you said sleeper bug, I thought you meant it has a place to sleep inside.

  41. Herbert Simon

    Herbert Simon

    2 dagen geleden

    Wow...driving way too fast (110+) on a public road in a vehicle that can "get squirrely ". Stunningly irresponsible. Take it to the track.

  42. Mike Folgers

    Mike Folgers

    2 dagen geleden


  43. 3rdpull


    2 dagen geleden

    Herbie Goes Bananas

  44. Rolly Polly

    Rolly Polly

    2 dagen geleden

    I find her really attractive

  45. BigDmike


    2 dagen geleden

    That fella was a good sport. You did a good job 👍

  46. Kevin Oxtoby

    Kevin Oxtoby

    2 dagen geleden

    Drive it like a tractor, pick a gear and use it, or like the old mini start in second change to fourth. The only difference is if you hit the gas and it does not break loose then you will need a glass floor to see where you are going.

  47. Robsthedon


    2 dagen geleden

    Love this!

  48. wingsken


    2 dagen geleden

    Vw bugs were death traps. My dad had the 1.6l double carburettor version of it and he said, with the engine in the rear and the low weight front, its road grip sucked, especially in wet conditions.

  49. Willy Zaragoza

    Willy Zaragoza

    2 dagen geleden

    F A N T A S T I C ! ! !

  50. toose70


    2 dagen geleden

    That’s now an early 911, a widow maker lol.

  51. John Terlaje

    John Terlaje

    2 dagen geleden

    Hes not happy at the end😡

  52. Frank Gabron

    Frank Gabron

    2 dagen geleden

    No better racecar/monster truck driver on the planet to test drive the "Sleeper Bug" !! GREAT video !

  53. captainothing


    2 dagen geleden

    Please mention all the experts that actually build these cars its lovely you can afford these projects but please appreciate the engineers.

  54. Freedom Nuggets

    Freedom Nuggets

    2 dagen geleden

    you know it's fast..... when the owner looks panicked in the pull.

  55. Smitty


    2 dagen geleden

    When a woman man handles a full blown rock crawler for 6 hrs at a time but a 73 vw beetle gives her a giant wet spot! Lmao

  56. marsocreaper


    2 dagen geleden

    18:32 😱👀 when panic attacks

  57. skinnyt


    2 dagen geleden

    super beetles sux

  58. Glenn Muir

    Glenn Muir

    2 dagen geleden

    Cool car, shite viddy.

  59. cjones29hd


    3 dagen geleden

    Wow the work underneath is top notch

  60. c1965MG


    3 dagen geleden

    Not a car where you would want to sit in the passenger seat with an amateur driving

  61. Thom Platt

    Thom Platt

    3 dagen geleden

    His face when he drives is funny as hell. He is white knuckling the steering wheel.

  62. Jaime San

    Jaime San

    3 dagen geleden

    I like sleepers, especially ones that appear this stock. Now about that E85, it may be clean burning but the energy to convert grain to ethanol pollutes as much as gasoline when it's all said and done.

  63. HollandaGuy


    3 dagen geleden

    i like her!! petrol girl

  64. Thomas Pike

    Thomas Pike

    3 dagen geleden

    Is a Sleeper Bug like a Bed Bug?

  65. orangecounty60


    3 dagen geleden

    That’s about the stupidest thing that you would ever do to a race engine is to put a dog box in there so you could grind the gears and potentially ruin the whole thing

  66. Jonathan Edmondson

    Jonathan Edmondson

    3 dagen geleden

    Mighty car mods did it first with miss daisy



    3 dagen geleden

    Make sure you get a guy to drive you around in it.. Lord you will be dead in that..

  68. Open Carry

    Open Carry

    3 dagen geleden

    So she is ignorant, but at least she is interested which most gals are not. She's also nice to look at.

  69. Marcus Vargas

    Marcus Vargas

    3 dagen geleden

    wow nice guy

  70. Al Gobotsfan

    Al Gobotsfan

    3 dagen geleden

    That would be a great triple take bug!:)

  71. Jack Taylor

    Jack Taylor

    3 dagen geleden

    For such a light car, that's a lot of power!

  72. Ufkun Çakır

    Ufkun Çakır

    3 dagen geleden

    It's so naked in John's eyes that the bug is his precious!!

  73. mikeinwtby


    3 dagen geleden

    Did she allow him to even finish one sentence?

  74. Delta_1103


    3 dagen geleden

    My dad had a baby blue super beetle back in the day.

  75. Tony Luciano

    Tony Luciano

    3 dagen geleden

    The VW is pretty cool, but I was alot more interested in the Hot Female showing it off, and she knows her stuff too. 😁

  76. mr toehead

    mr toehead

    3 dagen geleden

    is that a 66 corvair

  77. Apixture Photobooth

    Apixture Photobooth

    3 dagen geleden

    I like that!

  78. Vicente Fuentes

    Vicente Fuentes

    3 dagen geleden

    I like the girl's expressions...

  79. James Webb

    James Webb

    3 dagen geleden

    I had a 73 super beetle, built just enough to enter and exit freeway traffic, could buy every piece but new struts....good memories

  80. DragNDrive


    3 dagen geleden

    He looked stressed when he hit it

  81. JOE KING


    4 dagen geleden

    everyone herd of herbie the love with that being said my dream car would be a 73' beetle and all painted up the same fashion as herbie the love bug BUT remove 53 and put 73 THIS 73 beetle as seen here would be the ultimate dream beetle for me BUT painted as i said like herbie the love bug BUT 73 of course :)

  82. Johnsmopar


    4 dagen geleden

    Damn shes constantly interrupting him

  83. Emil Olguin

    Emil Olguin

    4 dagen geleden

    Around 1975 a friend of mine was looking to buy a new car. She was considering a Subaru so we went to the dealer. When I saw the water-cooled horizontally opposed engine in the Subaru, it blew me away! I had been driving a wimpy Volkswagon Beetles (1962, 1200cc ragtop) for a few years and was totally surprised by how Subaru had essentially taken a Volkswagon engine and re-engineered it. John Reynolds has taken it to another plateau!

  84. Oakie


    4 dagen geleden

    I had a 72’ super Beatle. It was $7 to fill, fit a 1/4 keg in the spare tire and run tap through Glove box. I never drink alcohol so I drove and it was fun. My Beatle had about as much power as a basic John Deere rider. The super Beatle was a superior bug and I think with the better suspension and round windshield was much better than a standard.

  85. Sat S

    Sat S

    4 dagen geleden

    Shes cute

  86. Rob Young

    Rob Young

    4 dagen geleden

    You should race the dung beetle in OKC with the street outlaws

  87. derek b

    derek b

    4 dagen geleden

    *miss daisy has entered the chat*

  88. Diego Guzman

    Diego Guzman

    4 dagen geleden

    Pobre auto!!! Qué lo maneje alguien que sepa

  89. Diego Guzman

    Diego Guzman

    4 dagen geleden

    Nunca manejo con embrague???? Jajajajajaja 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣, se acostumbran a la caja automática y con 3 pedales se quieren matar!!!🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  90. UncleEdd


    4 dagen geleden

    Love the car. Where can I get one?

  91. Gamer Oficial

    Gamer Oficial

    4 dagen geleden

    Lots of anxiety seeing that even he didn't seem to know what's gonna happen every time he floored it - definitely too much power for that little VW 😅

  92. Jono G

    Jono G

    4 dagen geleden

    The look in his eye as he did that booty bump.

  93. Taylor Odonnell

    Taylor Odonnell

    4 dagen geleden

    Why is she learning how to drive manual in this car🤦🏻‍♂️

    • Jcewazhere


      3 dagen geleden

      Most standard transmissions have synchronizers that make it easier to shift. This car doesn't have those so you have to match revs. In a car that you've never driven before, and especially one that's heavily modified, that's quite difficult and takes practice.

  94. Taylor Odonnell

    Taylor Odonnell

    4 dagen geleden

    How tf is this his car and he accidentally popped the front trunk looking for the engine 🤦🏻‍♂️

    • Christian's Customs

      Christian's Customs

      4 dagen geleden

      That’s was a joke dude Jesus, clearly you’ve never met a beetle owner

  95. Vizual


    4 dagen geleden

    "People like that... whatever... whatever dude". HAHA I love her.

  96. Relapse. 88-

    Relapse. 88-

    4 dagen geleden

    hot cars always showing off they hot girls!

  97. harry twatter

    harry twatter

    4 dagen geleden

    The flame thrower at the end.👍🏻

  98. BubaJ1000


    4 dagen geleden

    Reminds me of a fellow racer. 500+ ponies to the rear of his 240z. Yank that datsun inline 6 and drop in a Supra twin turbo inline 6. He had no problem over taking a Viper V10 any place on the track.

  99. GAS Man

    GAS Man

    4 dagen geleden

    I had to stop watching this video. It felt like "since I think I'm hot, let me strip out your gear box on your very expensive modded Super Beetle". She should have quit asking as soon as he said, "no syncros".

  100. Luis Hernández

    Luis Hernández

    4 dagen geleden

    18:32 WoooW WOooooooooooooW Adrenalina 1000 %