Here Are All The Cars You'd Swap a Ferrari F40 Engine Into

It's not often you see a Ferrari F40 engine for sale. Here are the cars you'd swap it into.

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Lancia

When this Ferrari F40 engine popped up for sale, we asked you which cars would be perfect recipient for this engine swap. Here are the cars you think are most deserving.

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Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo 4C

A modern mid-engine carbon-tubbed Italian car paired with the vintage turbo power of the F40's drivetrain seems like the perfect mashup of old and new. If this swap ever actually happens, we just hope the builder sources a manual transmission with a gated shifter.

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Pontiac
Pontiac Fiero

If you're going to do something people won't like, you might as well go all-out. Shoehorning an F40 motor into the back of a Pontiac Fiero, then slapping an F40 bodykit on top, would certainly get people rattled.

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Toyota
Toyota MR2

If you want something a bit better to drive than the Fiero that will make people just as angry, the MR2 makes a great case for itself. Toyota made an elongated V8-powered MR2 once before, so there's little reason why it can't be done again.

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One of the most iconic Japanese cars of the 90s was the rotary-powered FD RX-7.
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Mazda RX-7

You're going to need something to put in that engine bay when the rotary blows up. Instead of taking the Chevy LS route, why not go for this F40 engine?

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Jim Luning
Lancia Stratos

The Lancia Stratos already has a fantastic powertrain, but we think two more cylinders and a couple of turbos wouldn't hurt. It would most likely make the car a real handful to drive, but man, it would be cool. If you're not into the idea of cutting up a real Stratos, there are plenty of replicas out there just begging for a bespoke powertrain.

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Fiat
Fiat X1/9

If you can't source a cheap swap-eligible Stratos, we don't blame you. Fiat's mid-engine '70s two-seater is a perfect alternative. Just make sure you don't twist the chassis apart on full-throttle acceleration.

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Matthew Howell
Caterham Seven

If your goal with this swap is to perish in a fiery crash as quickly as possible, the Caterham Seven is the perfect candidate. People have put V8s into Sevens before, but we've never seen an actual F40 V8 swap. Once those turbos kick in, you better be ready.

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Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ

This isn't the first time someone's thought of swapping a Ferrari engine into a Toyobaru. Ryan Tuerck's GT-4586 uses the engine from a Ferrari 458 Italia to create massive clouds of smoke. We're sure an F40 engine could do the same.

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Mazda
Mazda MX-5 Miata

People have swapped all sorts of engines into our favorite little roadster, and with a few body cuts, we're sure the F40's engine would fit. We imagine it would be a handful to drive, though.

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The Fiat 124 Spider's $24,995 starting price puts it about as close to our $25,000 cutoff as you can get, but hey, it still counts. And while it's heavier and not quite as quick as the Miata it's based on, that added weight goes towards making the 124 Spider more comfortable and refined.
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Fiat 124 Spider

Of course, if you want to keep your Ferrari turbo V8 swap in the family (or at least, in the nation of Italy), the 124 Spider will do nicely. All you have to do is make it fit.

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