There’s a Subaru WRX Engine in This Tiny Porsche 914
The unusual Porsche project appears to be well built and has been listed for sale on Bring a Trailer
It is unlikely that many of you had this combination on your bingo cards. This 1972 Porsche 914 has had its engine replaced with a turbocharged Subaru engine that is about four decades newer than the original Volkswagen block. Still, both are flat, so maybe it’s not as crazy as it seems. The 914 WRX is currently listed on Bring a Trailer, and it will be sold to the highest bidder.
To be specific, the Porsche’s new engine is a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four that reportedly started life in a 2013 Subaru WRX. The seller didn’t reveal official horsepower figures, but this engine produced around 300 hp in the WRX from which it would come. Considering the 914 weighs less than 1000kg before the modifications, that’s a good amount of power for such a small machine.
Power from the engine is sent to the car’s rear wheels via a Subaru-sourced five-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential. The engine was rebuilt with APR head spacers, forged pistons and connecting rods, high volume oil pump and chrome valve covers. You’ll also find an aftermarket Garrett turbocharger bolted to the engine, along with a new air-to-water intercooler, engine management system and upgraded battery. We expect it to probably produce a bit more horsepower than stock.
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The German targa-top sports car (which originally had less than 100 hp) rolls on 17-inch Rota Fuchs-style wheels. Bilstein rear shocks make an appearance, along with torsion bars from a 911, a chassis stiffening kit and cross-drilled rotors with Boxster calipers. A custom exhaust system was also added for good measure.
The 914 is finished in an unmistakable shade of bright yellow with black accents, and the color scheme continues inside the car. You’ll find classic GT black seats, a Luisi steering wheel, an 8,000 rpm speedometer with a built-in boost gauge, readings for the car’s vital fluids and an odometer showing just under 500 miles. .
The car is in Portland, Oregon, and you’ll have the opportunity to bid on this ’70s black and yellow sports car on Bring a Trailer through Wednesday, August 24.