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For Sale: Sleeper Subaru Legacy with Chev LS2 V8 engine conversion

We’ve featured our share of crazy engine swaps here at PD, in Australia, New Zealand and plenty in the good ol’ US of A, like today’s Cool Find.

A Subaru Liberty wagon is not the first candidate you’d think of for a Chevrolet LS V8 swap, but the hashtag #LStheworld exists because there are plenty of folk out there who think a small block Chevy is the best engine you could put into anything.

Understandable considering the aftermarket support and how you can cheaply extract big horsepower from the pushrod, all-alloy donk.

Known as the Legacy in the States and abroad, the humble green wagon has been treated to a 6.0L LS2 transplant from a Pontiac GTO, aka our Holden Monaro, including the T-56 manual transmission. It is good for 300kW of power and 540Nm of torque.

All-wheel drive and LS2? Like a Holden Adventra LX8 in a smaller body? You’d think but not so. This one has been converted to rear-wheel drive with a Subaru STI R180 limited-slip diff at the back. Considering the engine bay was designed to accommodate a boxer engine and AWD hardware underneath, it is probably a stretch too far to think it was possible to retain AWD.

Other upgrades include Wilwood six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes and air suspension. The car is listed for US$16,800 (about AU$22k) and is a true sleeper. Head over to engineswapdepot.com for more info.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.