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Project Car's Top Five RWD Engine Swaps

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Jun 7, 2011

Here’s a quickie to give you some ideas for your next engine swap. While there are many other engines that could qualify to be on this list, we’ve selected our top swap candidates based not only on performance but also on popularity.

NISSAN SR20DET
SPECS: 4-cylinder 2.0L, DOHC NA, DOHC Turbo, VTC, Neo VVL
RATED POWER: 140 to 245 hp
ENGINE COST: $1000 to $4000
ORIGINALLY WITH: Nissan Sentra SE-R, Nissan 200SX, Nissan NX, Infiniti G20, JDM Silvia/180SX
EASY-FIT CARS: Nissan 240SX, Nissan Altima
CUSTOM-FIT CARS: Datsun (RWD), Mazda RX-7, Mazda Miata, Nissan trucks, older Toyota (RWD)
MOUNT KITS: JSP Fab, McKinney Motorsports

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GM LS
SPECS: V8, 5.5 to 7.0L
RATED POWER: 350 to 505 hp
ENGINE COST: $1000 to $12,000
ORIGINALLY WITH: Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro Z28 and SS, Pontiac Firebird, Pontiac GTO
EASY-FIT CARS: N/A
CUSTOM-FIT CARS: Infiniti G35, Mazda Miata, Mazda RX-7, Nissan 240SX, Nissan 350Z, Toyota Supra
MOUNT KITS: Sikky Mfg, Boss Frog, Hinson Supercars, Improved Racing, Monster Miata, Samberg Rod and Custom, V8 Roadsters

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TOYOTA 1JZ/2JZ
SPECS: 6-cylinder 2.5 to 3.0L, DOHC NA or Turbo, VVT-i
RATED POWER: 200 to 276 hp
ENGINE COST: $1000 to $6000
ORIGINALLY WITH: Toyota Supra (‘93-98), Lexus SC300, Lexus GS300
EASY-FIT CARS: Toyota Supra (‘82-92), Toyota Cressida (‘85-92)
CUSTOM-FIT CARS: Datsun Z, BMW 3-series and Z3, Mazda RX-7, Honda S2000, Nissan 240SX, Toyota Celica (RWD), Toyota Corolla (RWD), Toyota Pickup
MOUNT KITS: Supra Sport, Tech 2 Motorsports, Zerolift Autolab

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NISSAN RB25DET/RB26DETT
SPECS: 6-cylinder 2.5 to 2.6L, DOHC Turbo, Individual Throttle-bodies
POWER: 245 to 280 hp
ENGINE COST: $1500 to $5000
ORIGINALLY WITH: Not available in US, Nissan Skyline
EASY-FIT CARS: Not Applicable
CUSTOM-FIT CARS: Datsun Z, Infiniti M30, Nissan 240SX, Nissan 300ZX
MOUNT KITS: McKinney Motorsports, Syko Performance

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MAZDA 13B
SPECS: Twin-rotor 1.3L NA, twin-turbo
POWER: 135 to 280 hp
ENGINE COST: $1000 to $3000
ORIGINALLY WITH: Mazda Cosmo, Rotary Truck, RX-4, RX7
EASY-FIT CARS: R100, RX2, RX3, RX-7 (SA/FB)
CUSTOM-FIT CARS: Classic Datsuns, Mazda Miata, Mazda RX-8, Toyota (RWD), air-cooled VWs, Porsche 914
MOUNT KITS: N/A

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