Karmann Ghia with Porsche 993 Engine

While doing a little bit of searching I came across an old Jalopnik post about Bader Racing putting a Porsche 993 engine in a VW Karmann Ghia. The engine has a few upgrades giving the car around 321 hp. The body is stiffened a little bit to handle the extra hp by adding a rollcage. Jalopnik says the swap costs $260,000 and takes around 18 months. I can’t find if they still do the swap but will expect the price in dollars has increased since the article was first published.

Porsche 911 powered Karmann Ghia

Source: Jalopnik

18 thoughts on “Karmann Ghia with Porsche 993 Engine

  1. Carlo Rossi

    Why not merely swap out-swap back in an old VW Karmann Ghia body (1960-70 vintage) onto a Porsche Carrera engine/frame chassis?

    This is what I would like to attempt. Can it be done more simply that way and perhaps less expensive than this ground-up restortaion swap?

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  2. Jim

    $260,000!?!? How? Is that roll cage titanium? A 993 and the ghia together didn’t cost that much, if you’d bought the cars whole. There is absolutely no way it could possibly cost this much. If he paid this much, he got completely screwed. And Eighteen months? For what? It wouldn’t take that long to machine an engine from billet.

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  3. Nick Harrington

    I agree $260,000 is crazy. You can fit a Subaru EJ25 back in the rear, hook it up to a Porsche/Audi 5 speed with adapter plate order a brain with 9 wire harness from Outfront Motor sports, turbo it and have 330 HP. I’ll be doing it on my 1962 Ghia and the conversion will run alittle over $5,000.
    I already did this to my sand rail although I did not turbo it. I still have approximately 200 HP. The dimensions of the EJ25 are within 1/2 inch all the way arouind as a stock VW engine, and the weight difference is approx 50 LBS more than the VW.

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  4. Jim

    Hey Nick, I am interested in knowing more about the conversion you are going to be doing. Could we exchange emails? Mine is: azilluminat at yahoo.com

    Thanks!

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  5. Pieter

    Hi Nick, im also interested in doing the same conversion but i dont have a clue where to start. Do you have any tips?

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  6. Phil

    Nick-
    Do you have a link or more information on you EJ25 swap? I have a ’71 i’m looking to enhance and your project sounds like a winner, especially in power to money ratio. Email is ronin425 at comcast.net

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  7. David

    Hey Nick i would like to have more information on your conversion like what model Subaru EJ25 your are planing on using, what transmission size, and places to to purchase said engine and transmission please e-mail me at shamrock3454@hotmail.com

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  8. Tom

    Wow 60 grand for car & engine (over priced), and only 200 grand to install it!
    Why didn’t I get that job at my shop?!?

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  9. John Allen

    Nick, I am trying to buy a Ghia and read what you wrote. Is it really that easy to do? I am not a mechanic but am interested in doing this. I really want to see your car when it is complete. Thank you for also puuting down that it doesn’t cost alot too. Please post a picture whae you are done.

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  10. joseph szakacs

    Nick, I have a 69 ghia that I am in the process of modifying…it never occurred to me to put a subaru boxer in the back. If you have any more details on this kind of conversion I would be eager to know more. Hit me back at jfreeridr@gmail.com.
    Thanks
    Jo

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  11. lunagreif

    The $260,000 price tag is crazy nuts, but possible if done at a Porsche dealership at full shop rates, with a new crate engine, trans, and other factory parts.
    Done at a good independent garage, $7500 plus parts. Parts are potentially nearly free if you really look hard and are not fussy about where they come from.

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    1. Robert Alexander

      If you can get hold of a good 993 engine and transaxle for enarly nothing or almost nothing, you must not be fussy about where they came from. Can anyone supply a good one for under $10,000?

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  12. charlie noseworthy

    nice conversion to expensive for the engine refit but liked what you did with the rest of the car
    was wonderin about wheels and ties and how hey were mounted
    did you alter the suspension?
    again nice work
    perfection!

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  13. mike c

    Nick…I see its been a year & a half…have you or anyone else executed the ghia
    plus Subaru EJ25 plan…any details????

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