The Porsche 944 had all these pieces to make a great car. Most of the pieces. What it needed was an injection of horsepower. And what better way to give a car a boost of horsepower than to yank out the wheezy, anemic four cylinder and drop in a thumping, fire-breathing V8? Hell, I can’t think of one.
This idea was not original, not even with the 944. Dropping a big, brawny V8 into a small car has been the basis in philosophy for hot rodding culture since the forties and fifties, when there was an abundance of unwanted cars from the twenties and thirties, and an abundance of cheap, powerful V8 engines to drop into them.