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July 25, 2021

Porsche B32: Volkswagen T3 with Porsche engine

We all dream how nice it would be to go on a long and adventurous walk with one of the Volkswagen Transporter models. And how does a T3 with a Porsche engine sound to you?

At 185 km / h on the highway, and in the back your wife is playing with the children? And you buy a Porsche! Businessmen are in a hurry for a meeting – and they need a 9-second acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h? You need a Porsche again! No, this is not a dream – but a reality. A slightly different Porsche with a 6-cylinder rear engine was created 35 years ago. It’s called B32 – and we’ll introduce you to its history.


Thanks to the 6-cylinder engine, the speedometer arrow on the bus shows 200km / h, despite the aerodynamics it has.

In the early 80’s, Porsche’s head of development Helmut Bot (1925-1994) gave the green light for the design of the strange model, after the tuned Bulli presented itself brilliantly as a prototype. According to various sources, the number of units produced is between 15 and 20. A hot engine from Carrera runs in the back. Naturally, there is also air conditioning and a stove on board. The price of this bus was – 145,000 Deutsche Mark (74,000 euros). For comparison: in 1984, the Carrera 3.2 cost 66,950 Deutsche Mark (33,740 euros)!

Today, the prices of the “king of space” have not fallen. And the “911” in it works completely real – there is no trace of compromise. The boxer growls and spins like any standard 911, it is a “donor” to both the transmission and many components of the suspension. Well, the infinitely long path of the gear lever can be annoying. There are disc brakes only on the front, and when the bus is not loaded, you feel the settings for the track.


This unique combination drives Porsche fans crazy. Who loves the 911 and has a family, this is the perfect combination of luggage, comfort and a fast car.

Here are some of the basic technical details of this Porsche:

Car dataPorsche B32
Engine6-cylinder, boxer
Valves / camshafts12/2
Camshaft driveChain
Working volume3125 cubic centimeters
Diameter x stroke of the piston95.0 x 74.4 mm
kW (hp) at rpm170 (231) / 5900
Nm at rpm284/4800
Max. speed185 km / h (115mph)
Transmission5-speed manual
Driverear-wheel drive
Front / rear brakesdisc / drum
Fuel consumption (factory data)15.6 litre
Total weight2540 kg
Measured values
Acceleration 0–100 km / h9.6s
Mileage with one charge380km
Noise inside 50/100 km / h60/66 dB (A)
66,463 euro

Volkswagen has almost nothing to do with the creation of the B32, but without a doubt the Porsche bus, although unofficially, is the pearl in the crown of the T3.


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