easy enough to find out,
GT's are cheap enough if you buy the JTS, I suspect the gearbox engine and engine management would all go anyway so a JTS would make a good cheap donor car, a very high mileage one would be under a grand..or even better one with a banjaxed engine would be REALLY cheap £500 quite possible .
coupe turbo engine can be had for £300 ..while the engine is out wishbones and suspension could all be addressed....doing a rough guesstimate in my head I reckon £2k for the car, engine and all the suspension upgrades, total project figure 3k is do-able of you do all the work yourself.
my only question is how to get the coupe turbo engine management to work with the GT dash instrumentation,and can you leave the body computer running along side a change in the engine ECU? they have to ''speak to each other'' so there are a couple of unknowns here.
Damien, can you ask the FB boys how they got around it?
and yes I do have both damien..
but the GT once the horrible stock suspension is sorted is IMO the better handling car, hence the reason the coupe is at a mates house, I don't drive it much as its due a cambelt and to really unleash it it needs the same sort of treatment the GT has had..I also think the GT is prettier on the outside....
some kind of suspension upgrades are needed on the coupe and I would also do something with the center console as it looks very dated. the interior is beautiful though, the color coded dash is lovely, classic pininfarina ! I am not so keen on the scallops in the body work, Chris Bangles Clumsy hands have left their mark I'm afraid...the car to me would always have been more attractive without the scallops. the man is a menace IMO and ruined the Z4 with those scallops as well.
overall the GT is more classy and better suited to a man in his 40's, the coupe kind of screams mid life crisis! and is not as practical on a daily basis...the main issue with this project is that the cost of doing it for most people means you might as well go and buy a Busso to begin with, the fact its possible is evidence of another missed opportunity by the FIAT group to give the GT a petrol engine that would have suited it so well.
I imagine emissions controls put pay to that and forced a wholesale change to derv in the 5cyl.
give me a minute chaps, I may do this!
I first have to help re-build the VIS coupe engine for my mates son, and then help him with a troublesome Z3, and do the cam belt on the Turbo. That should bring us to June and then we will be looking for a project to do, we were planning a TS GTV but this coupe engine in a GT idea may well be a lot more fun!
we have the tools, the engine winch and private space to work (outside hence the summer nature of the project) it all depends on whether the right donor GT shows up.
will have a chat with him about this today and see if he is amenable to the idea..
watch this space!