Stuffing An Audi TT Engine Into A Trabant Is So Perfect I Can't Even Handle It

Thank goodness we live in modern times, where stuffing a much newer, much more powerful West German engine into an ultra-light cotton-composite East German car is a real thing that can happen. Meet the most perfect brown Trabant 601S of all time: the one with an engine from a 2001 Audi TT up front.

Polish Trabi fan Arek Winiarski gave his car the perfect modern makeover, with a track day-ready interior, plenty of go-fast parts from an Audi TT and suspension taken off a Honda.

Gone is the Trabant’s unique dashboard-mounted shifter in favor of a more conventional floor-mounted six-speed shifter. The turbocharged 1.8-liter Audi TT engine replaced the Trabant’s usual 26-horsepower 600-cc two-stroke engine, increasing the top speed by over 60 mph.

Winiarski upgraded the suspension, brakes, wheels and tires to match the extra go-power of the little car to match, too. Can’t have power if you can’t control it!


All of this went into in a car whose original curb weight was only 1,355 lbs. It’s perfect. It’s absolutely perfect.

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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Now THIS is an engine swap I can completely understand and support.

INB4 “Why not an LS?”