The 2.5L Subaru engine makes 165-175hp and is perhaps the perfect Vanagon engine. It has great torque throughout the rpm range and keeps up with traffic easily, even in the heavier Westfalia and Syncro and runs extremely well behind both the manual and the automatic transmissions. Fuel mileage has proven to be better than with the stock engine, even with the additional power, and all run beautifully on regular gas.
The Subaru 6 cylinder motor is our favorite conversion for Syncros and Westfalias. This engine has ample power for any mountain pass and can easily pass slower vehicles.
This engine option maintains excellent deck clearance and provides full stock ground clearance with custom shortened oil pan option.