"Beetling" magazine article
Five Speed Boxes in Beetles
We have received more than a few enquiries about fitting five speed boxes into Beetles. We would remind reader that the very successful Porsche Austria 1302S rally cars were fitted with Porsche five-speed transmissions ans Jacques Mertens in Belgium has now sent us a copy of the official FIA/CSI Homologation papers for this modification.
The actual transmission used was from the 914/4, part no. 914.300.012.13 (this is a Porsche part number). In order to suit it to the VW, the following special parts were used:
The gear ratios were as follows:
|1st Gear||3.091||5th Gear||0.710|
|3rd Gear||1.261||Final Drive||1:4.429|