UPDATE: Proprietor Ben Schmidt contacted Motor1.com with a correction about his V8-powered Metro. “You will find an acrylic divider sealing off the motor bay from the “cockpit,'” he stated. “It’s tough to see in pictures.” The driver are unable to essentially achieve back and contact the motor. “I’m not that outrageous,” he mentioned.
The Geo Metro was never ever supposed to be a performance automobile. It was entry-amount, fundamental transportation. Nevertheless, the proprietor of this automobile ignores the vehicle’s unique objective and drops a 5.3-liter LS4 V8 into the tiny hatchback’s rear cargo area. The weird device is now for sale in Wisconsin for $7,000.
The overhauled powertrain sits in the back, and there’s no firewall amongst the motor and driver. You could conveniently access again from the seat and truly feel it rumble. The mill runs via a Standard Motors 4T80E four-velocity automatic transmission.
The builder has to modify the rear of the entire body to make this motor swap perform. There are fender flares on equally sides that open up into the system for directing air to the V8. Also, the air ingestion sticks out of the physique and faces backward from just earlier mentioned the driver’s facet again wheel.
Less than the hood, a fuel cell takes the spot previously for the motor. The builder also adds chassis supports to fortify the entrance conclusion.
There usually are not quite a few adjustments to the cabin. A seven-inch tablet replaces the unique instrument cluster. There are also extra gauges on the middle console. The seats are straight out of a stock Metro.
The movie over presents a whole tour of the car and lets you listen to the motor operating. The mill makes this little hatchback audio imply.
In accordance to the seller’s listing, the V8-driven machine accomplished about 500 miles of tests just before the wintertime, which provided a 150-mile trip on a working day with temperatures around 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The auto failed to have any difficulties handling that.
The seller notes that the V8 Metro has excessive oversteer above 65 miles for each hour. “It starts off to just take concentration to retain it in its lane,” in accordance to the listing.
The quick movie above is a operate to 60 miles for each hour in the V8 Metro. The motor will make it seem like a minimal muscle mass automobile when accelerating.