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10 Tiny Cars That Need a Motorcycle Engine Swap
« on: February 22, 2016, 08:27:37 AM »

Caterham Seven 160
The entry-level Caterham already uses a 660-cc turbocharged Suzuki engine and makes about 80 hp stock. People have put Suzuki GSX 1300 R engines in Caterhams before, but the Kawasaki H2R's absolutely bonkers engine would definitely cut that 6.5-second 0-60 time down significantly. Just be sure to post pictures of what the new warp-speed does to your face when you hit the accelerator.

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Re: 10 Tiny Cars That Need a Motorcycle Engine Swap
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2016, 08:29:06 AM »

Honda Civic Del Sol
The Del Sol was certainly ambitious, including a brave stab at a functional snap-out targa top. The car came with 106 hp stock, but it would definitely be more action-packed and Fast & Furious-worthy if it had a Suzuki Hayabusa engine, increasing that power by nearly twofold.

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2016, 08:30:31 AM »

Peel P50
The Peel P50 is the smallest car ever built, made famous by one of the funniest Top Gear clips of all time. It had a measly 4.5 hp engine—so clearly, the rational and fun thing to do would be to give it the 197 hp from a high-revving Hayabusa. The P50's chassis probably wasn't designed with a 1000cc four-cylinder in mind, and the added weight would make it hard to wheel the car around by hand. But is that really a downside when you've increased the power output by 44 times?

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2016, 08:31:51 AM »

Ariel Atom 3
The Atom 3 is the base Ariel Atom and runs stock with a Honda 2.0-liter engine that's good for 245 hp. But dropping a Ninja H2R engine into the car would be a quick way to 300 hp. If you didn't want the Atom 3S, but still wanted more power than the Atom 3, the Atom H2R seems like the perfect answer.

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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2016, 08:33:08 AM »

Reliant Robin
While Top Gear's Robin-flipping accounts aren't 100-percent true, they were right about it being slow: a Reliant Robin 850 from 1975 made only 40 hp. But if you added the supercharged Kawasaki H2R engine, you'd be too busy doing wheelies to roll the thing over. We could call it the Reliant Robin SC.

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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2016, 08:34:32 AM »

Mitsubishi Mirage
The 74-stock horsepower in the Mirage is less than inspiring. But thanks to an interior of plastics and a small body, the Mirage also weighs next to nothing. That makes it the ideal candidate for a highly tuned superbike engine. The Hayabusa's engine would wake the Mirage right up, and startle everyone around you when they heard the unexpected scream of a motorcycle engine coming from your tiny tailpipe.

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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2016, 08:36:18 AM »

Volkswagen Polo

Remember when VW put a Ducati 1199 Superleggera engine in the super-lightweight XL1? That thing was badass. What if VW went further, and put the Ducati engine in the Volkswagen Polo? Stock, the Polo makes 192 hp, which isn't all that much different from the Ducati's 195 hp. However, the Ducati's is a screaming and rev-happy superbike engine, rather than an economy-focused turbocharged four-cylinder. That's definitely something that would get your heart rate going.

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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2016, 08:38:02 AM »

Opel GT
The original Opel GT was under 2000 pounds and never made above 110 hp. With bite-sized Corvette styling, it definitely needs some power to back up the looks. The H2R engine would give it nearly three times that power. Hell, we could even put the H2R engine in the new GT concept, too.

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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2016, 08:39:41 AM »

Alfa Romeo 4C
The 4C is a nicely balanced mid-engined sports car. It is, in many ways, a dream come true: It's beautiful, it's bare-bones, and it's got exotic car flair. With 237 hp turning the rear wheels, it's punchy for sure. If you enjoy some healthy oversteer, the Kawasaki H2R engine could give that extra power.

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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2016, 08:42:00 AM »

Geo Metro
The Geo Metro is one of the most poorly received cars in recent history. It was criticized for its lack of power, terrible acceleration, and bad noise insulation. The bad noise insulation I can deal with, especially if the noise is a good one. The pissed-off-hornets'-nest cry of a Hayabusa engine would be most welcome in the cabin of a Metro. You'd also wipe the smile off the face of every single friend who ever made fun of your economy hatchback if you performed that engine swap.

 

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