Cars With The Craziest Engine Swaps

Cool LS swap bro’, but check this out.


Online, you’ll see a lot of talk from people saying they want to swap this into that or that into this, but the reality is it’s typically a very long, complicated, and expensive proposition to swap a modern car engine for something different. LS V8 swaps are common because it’s generally the best bang for your buck as a mix of power and reliability. LS engines are also well documented and have the aftermarket to extract more power relatively inexpensively compared to other platforms.

However, some people don’t want to go down the well-documented route. For them, the point is the process, the learning, and the engineering creativity of engine swaps. They simply want to see how much engine they can fit into a small car or build something that will impress or baffle people or be just be plain fun to drive.

These are some of our favorite and most creative engine swaps from recent history. They may not all make sense from an economic or engineering point of view, but we salute the mad professors of engine swaps prepared to do something wild and different.


Lamborghini-Powered Fiat 500


Taking two cars from the opposing sides of the Italian automotive spectrum and smashing them together has resulted in a 580-horsepower V12 powered monster of a compact car. There was no way the Lamborghini V12 would fit straight into a Fiat 500, and by the time they finished building it out they had turned it into its own car making 580 horsepower.


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