• Jun 8th 2011 at 2:29PM
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Honda Insight with K20A2 Swap - Click above for high-res image gallery

We miss the first-generation Honda Insight. The aluminum-bodied hybrid represented a no-holds barred quest for fuel efficiency with innovative weight saving techniques, an aerodynamic design and a tiny 1.0-liter gasoline engine. As a result, the two-door garnered an EPA-rated 70 mpg highway and 61 mpg city – a far cry from the 43 mpg highway of the much larger current car. Of course, the Insight of yore also begged to be modified, even if it wasn't done that often. Still, some tuners simply couldn't resist the thought of plopping a high-horsepower engine into a featherweight chassis, which is exactly what CincyStreetScene forum member Cheezoto did with his first-gen Insight.

A 210-horsepower K20A2 lifted from an Acura RSX Type S is now bolted in place of the old IMA lump and motor, and the seller promises the swap was done as cleanly as possible. There are no check engine lights, and the gauges, anti-lock brakes and cruise control all work as they should. The seller did the swap himself back in 2007, and the engine now has around 45,000 miles on it. The chassis, meanwhile, sits at a shave under 300,000 miles.

Surprisingly enough, the asking price is a reasonable $9,900. Considering that a non-modified 2000 Insight will set you back close to $9,000, we'd say this sounds like a deal. Head over to CincyStreetScene for a closer look.

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      If just to see the look of pure confusion on the guy's face in the 4.6L mustang GT next to you after you just blew his doors off... I'd buy this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really cool sleeper, nothing on the outside has been changed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I won't join that other forum to comment, but I can believe people are dissing this. It looks like a excellent conversion for an excellent price. Likely very quick and very good MPG. Awesome work. If this was in my neck of the woods I would be checking it out right away...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ultimate sleeper if you ask me, looks stock until you open the hood.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well imagined and even more impressive, well done. Clean, functional and a modern update on the Q-ship (sleeper) theme. Definitely give a "thumbs up"! If I didn't already have a small 2-seater, this would be a neat ride to get. I actually need four doors these days though...
      • 4 Years Ago
      i strongly approve.
      • 4 Years Ago
      badass!! i also see that it has 2005+ civic hybrid wheels up front but the stock insight wheels in back... so he did atleast upgrade the front breaks as well, most likely the whole hub assembly from the RSX
      • 4 Years Ago
      i would rather have that car than the current honda civic...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else remember the build video for this? If I had the money, this would be on my BUY RIGHT FREAKING NOW list
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      I always wanted to buy a Prius, have someone slap a horribly inefficient big-block v8 in it with the intake sticking out the hood, and drive it through someplace like San Fran or Harvard Square.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, man! Great use of time and effort, pissing off the environmentally conscious! That'll learn 'em real good!
      • 4 Years Ago
      should have swaped a viper V10 in there...jk! This is way cooler than the V10 PT cruiser
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