A V-8 swap is one of the coolest things you can do for certain cars. If you're interested in doing one yourself, consider one of these cars as a base.
The DMC-12 was far from perfect, but those stunning lines, gullwing doors, and Back to the Future fame make it lovable. What would make it perfect, though, is a nice old-fashioned LS swap.
One of the best parts about the XJS is also one of the worst parts. That silky V-12 under the hood of many XJSs is perfectly suitable for a grand tourer like this, but it's about as unreliable as anything. Swap a V-8 in, and you've solved the biggest problem without spoiling anything else about the car.
The Fiero never really lived up to expectations, and we're not sure a V-8 engine would've fixed it. Still, people do it all the time, and it's not like it makes the car worse.
The flat-six engines that came standard in the 987-generation Cayman aren't bad. But a V-8 fits, so why not? Renegade Hybrids, the same company that makes V-8 conversion kits for various 911s, also offers one . It requires a bit of firewall modification (and a transaxle from a Boxster S), but it can be done.
Want to make the ultimate sleeper? Drop an LS V-8 engine into a stock-looking Volvo 240 wagon and call it a day. No one will look twice at your car until you lay down a massive burnout and confuse everyone.
The Nissan Z platform already has a fantastic straight-six engine to go along with it, but if you're not a fan of it, or just don't want to deal with the maintenance that comes with vintage engines, a V-8 swap is the perfect solution. And the car is just as pretty, no matter what sits under the hood.
Ford's smallest truck powered by a high-horsepower torquey V-8 engine? Sounds like a tire-smoking fun machine to us.
The S-10 is another small pickup worthy of having an eight-cylinder engine. Though it was never built with one, we're sure fitting a true LS engine under that hood won't be much of an issue.
No matter what generation, the Miata is one of the most eligible candidates for a V-8 swap. , a company specializing in Miata upgrades, built a fantastic example that we love to death. It's all the fun of driving a Miata, just with 400 extra horsepower.
The E30-generation 3-Series is a fun, balanced machine right out of the box. But if you're looking for something different (and want to anger the purists at your next BMWCCA meet), V-8 swaps are definitely an option.
Of course, the E30 isn't the only BMW out there worthy of a V-8 swap. In recent years, its replacement, the E36, has become a popular choice among swap enthusiasts and drifters looking to extract the most performance out of its light, rear-wheel drive platform.
Rotary engines are nice, but sometimes it's hard to put up with the lack of reliability. Luckily, It's pretty easy to drop an LS engine into any generation RX-7 and keep the fun factor intact. Just don't be surprised if your FD drives exactly like a C5 Corvette afterwards.
The RX-8 makes an even better case for a V-8 swap. Unlike the RX-7, it didn't get a turbocharged engine, and never really lived up to its predecessor. With some real muscle under the hood, you could really make the RX-8 shine.
If you're looking for real power from a 944, you could spend the money and get a Turbo model. Another choice is finding a cheap broken example and dropping in a V-8. Honestly, the V-8 option sounds more fun (and more reliable).
No, the Jeep Wrangler was not built to have big power from the factory. That doesn't mean you can't drop in a nice fat V-8 block under the hood. Take this brutally cool Lexus V-8-powered Wrangler as an example.
Drifters around the globe use the 240SX as a base for their drift builds, and for good reason. It's incredibly easy to swap in a bigger engine, the balanced chassis and long wheelbase make for a great setup on track.