1.8T ENGINE CONVERSION

Several years of research by H2oVanagon (a division of Stephan's Auto Haus) has determined that Volkswagen's 1.8T engine is the best option for the VW Vanagon in most driving conditions.  The 1.8T provides the best performance and ability to meet California's strict smog requirements. We are known throughout the US as one of the leading engine replacement options for the VW Vanagon's.

California started emission testing before other states. With more states enacting similar smog pollution standards, be careful that your engine conversion choice will be legal.  Make sure the engine conversion you choose will have a future in the state that you live in as smog laws come about.  The engine we chose was carefully researched to follow any state smog laws about to come around or are in place now. We call it the Engine for VW Vanagon's Future; so to speak.

The modern inline 4 cylinder engine that H2oVanagon uses is a gas powered, turbo charged powerhouse and is classified as Low Emissions Engine. The 1.8T engine is carefully rebuilt with the highest standard and comes out of a 2002 or newer VW Jetta, Golf or GTI platform. This engine has so much power and is so reliable that Audi uses the same engine in their TT Roadster Quattro. The 1.8 liter, or about 110 cubic inch size engine, is a smaller displacement than the original Vanagon engine but puts out a lot more power while delivering the same or better fuel economy than your original engine did in your Vanagon.

Our engine conversion is the Only conversion on the market that produces this much power with the same or better fuel mileage over stock while keeping tailpipe emissions low.  Stock Horsepower is 180 and 174 ft.lb. of torque.  No internal engine modifications or external parts added on, all Stock!  The 1.8T engine is designed with its turbo. It's not an add on turbo charger.   Another great benefit of using a Volkswagen engine is it keeps the vehicle as original as possible with respect to keeping it real.  All VW!

 

The 1.8T engine is a modern engine most repair shops have serviced in the past and is the same make as your vehicle. It's the best of both worlds, owning a Vanagon and having a modern powerful fuel efficient engine from VW.  Have peace of mind that the engine you had installed is capable of being repaired anywhere.  Your beloved Vanagon will be very happy with it's new life.​

1.8T ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

EMISSIONS
​Low Emission Engine
TORQUE
174 ft. lbs. Torque
OE BOOST
​11.6 lbs / Stage I Chip 16 lbs
CRANKSHAFT
Forged
REV LIMIT
6500 RPM
IGNITION SYSTEM
Distributorless Ignition 4 Coils
COMPRESSION RATION
9:5:1
VALVE TRAIN
Dual overhead Cam / Variable Value Timing 5 Valves per Cylinder
ECU (Electronic Control Unit)
​Motronic ME7.5
TURBOCHARGE
K03-S
HORSE POWER
180 @5500 RPM
FUEL SYSTEM
Sequential Electronic