Published on June 10th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás
Recycled Hawtness: 290 hp, Subaru-powered Classic Porsche 356
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the greenest car is the one that’s already been built. The stunning Porsche 356 shown here is a shining example of that idea. This 1959 Porsche 356 convertible blends the Bauhaus styling of Germany’s classic-est sports car with the modern technology of a Subaru WRX-derived, 2.5L turbocharged “flat 4” engine to deliver more power, better fuel economy, and cleaner emissions than anyone would have thought possible when the car was built almost 55 years ago!
The crew at Arizona-based tuning firm Dyno-Comp used the WRX’s 265 hp engine as a starting point, and developed a new fuel and ignition map to boost the Porsche-ru’s output to nearly 290 horsepower. That’s over four times the output of the vintage Porsche’s factory 4-cylinder, with better fuel economy and lower emissions to boot.
Once the car was finished, the owner used his new found horsepower to compete in the Copperstate 1000 open-road rally with great success. Now, if only we could get Porsche’s newest cars to look as good as the old Porsche 356 …