In the 80s they destroked that version of the 2.3 block and got 1100 hp or something insane like that. Is the present 2.3 a similar design aa that one?
It's just a turbocharged 4 cylinder with all the conveniences of modern technology. The 2.0 LNF is a little more conservative and easily makes over 300 HP in stock form with only a flashing of the ECM with a different tune.
back in the day I put a 2.3 turbo in my 85 mustang. Turned up the boost a little and it made first gear useless. I know of one guy that was getting 400 hp out of his stock 2.3. It was probably one of the best engines ford ever made. We all wish our dukes were as good. Of course the mustang became a rustang which is why I drive fieros now.
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Back then the head (intake side) waa a limiting factor. I drove one of the Turbo versions back then for a while. It had lights in the hood indicating boost and overboost. Esslinger Engineering had an aftermarket head that straightened out the intake runners
Not a big deal as my daily driver is the GM Ecotec from 2008 with 290 HP and 315 FT LBS. If it had a stronger tranny it would easily go higher. The engine will take 400 HP with no internal mods and up to 500 HP with rods, pistons and valves.
Note I hit 23 PSI daily with no issues and the full GM warranty.
The boost in power was with the GM Turbo Upgrade kit that only requires two 3 bar maps and a flash.
The Solstice with the same kit get 340 FT LBS with out even breathing hard.
GM's turbo was first and is still better but so few people really know or understand much about it since it has been marketed so poorly. I hated 4 cylinders and Turbo engines but now I am as happy as can be. VVT cams and DI fuel systems are just fantastic for Turbo system that are built right.
I would love to have this engine in my Fiero as I go from it to the Fiero and the 2.8 almost feels like something is wrong compared to it.
The only concern I would have with the swap would be heat. You would have to use care in addressing the heat as it would effect all electrical bits as you do not have a lot of air flow in the engine compartment.
with so many on the road today they will get cheaper soon and they are durable. I expect we will see more swaps and more ways to deal with the heat as people find solutions I the Fiero.
Also you would need to locate the intercooler some where.