Thursday, August 8, 2013

15k: V8 Swap: 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S w/ Chevy LS1 V8

From 1987-1988 the baddest Porsche 944 you could buy was the Turbo S that was powered by a 194 horsepower version of the 2.5 liter turbocharged inline four.  The resulting car was almost equal to the base 911 in speed and handling...which is still slow compared to many modern cars today, unless you turn up the volume.  Find this 1988 Porsche 944 turbo S with a Chevy LS1 V8 swap for sale in Cherry Hill, NJ for $15,500 via forums.  Tip from Dan G.

This 944 has had its guts stripped out and is powered by a 5.7 liter V8 from a Camaro donor car that now puts out 380 horsepower to the pavement.  It should be good enough to keep up with most anything on the road and look cool in the process.  Not bad for $15k.

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  1. The description is completely inaccurate!

    The Turbo S was only offered in 1988 and featured the Tubo Cup car mods including, amongst other things, the M44/52 motor and larger K26/8 turbocharger. If this was a Turbo S, for real, it was a rare bird. Only 51 gray ones were ever imported to the US.

    The Turbo S motors were actually hand assembled in Stuttgart and had features like forged conrods as standard. They produced 250 hp and only 1830 were made overall.

    The 1989-91 Turbos had most of the performance features of the Turbo S but you can find some that didn't feature all the bells and whistles.

    And they were quite a bit faster than contemporary 911s.

    Anyway, despite the loss of a rather rare vehicle, this is a pretty sick car as it stands.

  2. Kind of annoying they did this to a Turbo S but it looks amazing. It just looks perfect, no stance garbage either. I bet this would be an epic track day car.

    Also I think the Turbo S had 250hp, bigger brakes, and a much improved suspension which is why it's sad this was swapped. It's is an amazing car and I just wish they did this swap to a NA 944.

  3. Yeah, agreed. I'm a purist when it comes to the rare trim levels. So right in my mind yet so wrong to hack up a Turbo S. They aren't collectible yet but when they get "discovered" someone should take the offender to the wrong part of town and leave them there... overnight.


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