The L-77 actually fits nicely in a 944 bay, and the weight is within ten pounds of the original. It’s not a bad choice, as far as that goes. It looked like it pulled nicely but it was loud. These were luxury cars, somewhat quiet. The air, power steering etc that stuff should eventually work.
(I say eventually because we are talking about the 944 here and this can take more than one try. )
If I have an issue with it it’s actually that that engine belongs in certain Holdens and special police interceptors that are themselves excellent chassis and interesting in their own right. Those to me would be very interesting to know more about and as modern cars (comparatively) there’s no surprise to me that they are more capable than a 944 is.
Agreed on the 1.8t- there’s a guy, Van Svenson who is a 944 whiz and he did this swap. The man knows these cars. I actually don’t know what happened to the stock engine, if it was blown, or if he bought it to swap but he has done a detailed video set of the build and its challenges. It also fits nicely.
(You have to love a video that starts, “as I was designing my engine mounts it occurred to me...”)