Here's What It's Like Driving A Porsche Cayman With A 5.0-Liter Mustang V8 Shoved In Its Belly

Photo: TheSmokingTire/YouTube (screengrab)
Photo: TheSmokingTire/YouTube (screengrab)

When I first saw that a shop in Florida had yanked the low-slung flat-six out of a Porsche Cayman and stuffed in a tall 5.0-liter Ford Mustang V8, I wondered if the car’s handling might be compromised. But now my musings have been answered by Matt Farah and some badass canyon roads.

Farah opens his video up with a promise: “Welcome to what will almost assuredly be an interesting video.” See, he can make this promise with confidence, because he’s sitting in a 3,050 pound Porsche Cayman, only inches in front of a 424 horsepower (at the wheels) V8 monster blaring an eargasmic symphony:

Limitless Motorworks modified the Cayman S, mating its stock six-speed manual with a 5.0-liter Ford “Aluminator” Coyote crate engine— a pairing that Matt says actually works quite well.


Though there are a few bits that still need to be tidied up—the gauges don’t work, and the rear glass could use some vents to allow the engine to breath, for example— the Porsche actually seems fairly well sorted considering the random Ford To Porsche engine swap.

Speaking of well sorted, Matt addresses my fear that the taller V8 would hurt the Cayman’s handling:

You’d think having this big modular V8 in the back would upset the balance. I mean, after all, flat engines is part of what makes a Porsche a Porsche. But, truth be told, I can’t tell a huge amount of difference in that the center of gravity is higher. It still has great balance.

So basically, Limitless has somehow managed to take the best things about the Ford Mustang and Porsche Cayman — the mighty V8 and the precise handling, respectively — and combine them into a neat package. I’m impressed.

Sr. Tech Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from engineers—email me. Cars: Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94), Chrysler Voyager Diesel ('94)

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Why do Americans need to put a V8 in all things .... why? inferiority complex? The corvair was not enough?