Most Porsche 914s had the same 4-cylinder Volkswagen engine used in the Super Beetle of those years. In Europe, it was often jokingly called the "Volpo" - short for "Volkswagen - Porsche" but also the name of the East German border police, ho, ho.

A few of them, designated "914/6" had the Porsche 911T engine instead. These were Even More Fun than the VW-engined variety, and highly sought after.