2270 American Engine for Type1 VW Beetle / Thing / Ghia


(price as configured – does NOT include exhaust system)
At Aircooled Technology we don’t create engines based on Type 1, 1600cc platform; what we do create are superior engines that seamlessly integrate (100% bolt in arrangement with NO CUTTING of the car!) into your Type 1 VW application that is based on the robust “Type 4 ” platform. The Type 4 engine is bigger, stronger and more powerful than the 1600 base engine and transforms your car into a unique character.
The 2270 “American” was developed in America, using American ingenuity, and dedication!

This 185HP 2270cc engine making 190 lb/ft of torque is the RAT 2270 engine is the #1 all time best selling engine for our program spanning the last two decades!

2270 American is outfitted with specially prepared LE 200+ cylinder heads, LN Engineering “Nickies” cylinders, coupled to CP istons, and Total Seal piston rings. This is the most potent 2270cc RAT street engine ever offered in standardized form, by adding options found in the Engine Wizard you can further outfit this engine to fit your needs, or desires.

  • Requires exceptional exhaust system, not included, but costing $1,500.00+ to purchase.
  • Customer Core not required, add $2,000.00 for a core engine supplied by RAT
SKU: 2270RT-356-1 Categories: , Product ID: 3156


Core Options (+$0.00)

Engine Build Options (+$0.00)


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Pricing and Ordering

Prices for our Turn Key, complete Dyno Proven engines are posted at the top of each engine offering. Select an engine package from the navigation bar on the left side of your screen then see the pricing tab for the prices of that base engine; which most of the time even includes options. See also our Engine Wizard to create your own custom engine!

Anytime that something is “Custom built” you can typically expect to both pay more (initially) for the product and also receive more from it. There is no exception to this rule with our engines here at Aircooled Technology. Our engines are created with a Pedigree that follows them everywhere they go, all over the world.

You will not find any other Engine Builder in this industry that does business the way that we do. Here we work from a Proposal basis from very specific documents that will outline the entire build and it’s cost from the very beginning. I conduct business the old fashioned way meaning I’m point blank and I’m both fair and firm. Some customers that are accustomed to today’s modern ways of doing business are taken aback by my direct way of getting to the point and getting the job done. None of them regret spending their hard earned money with my company or having me create their engine..

Here I do not believe in fine print or grey areas in contracts or misleading people with misrepresentations of what I can do for them. I try my best to be open with the customer from the first phone call all the way till the time they drive the car for the first time.

If you want my engine I will sell it to you, not someone that gets paid a commission because he is a smooth talker. As the Founder of this company I have personally sold every aircooled engine that we have created; and that will never change.

For a current price for your base engine, please see the list of applications for your vehicle, then follow those links to the detailed information which includes a general price. You can also use our Engine Wizard to build up the engine of your dreams. For all other requests please contact my Director of Operations, Jud Fink by submitting a support ticket. Jud will set you with me for all details.