These are just some of the cars that are popular in the tuning community and are sure to turn heads.
1. Nissan GTR/ Skyline
The Nissan GTR is considered one of the gods of the tuner world. The inline 6-twin turbo (older models) or the V6 twin turbo all-wheel drive are some of the most sought after cars in the tuner world. The hard-to-find GTR 32, 33 and 34 are not available in the US. We Americans must “settle” for the GTR 35. The GTR performs straight from the factory and when tuners get their hands on it they make a ferocious Godzilla from Japan.
2. Mitsubishi Lancer EVO
The EVO is Mitsubishi’s rally car in barely street legal form and is currently in its tenth generation with a 2.0L DOHC inline 4 turbo. The 200+ hp motor makes this ride highly popular. At most race venues you are likely to see this car stomping out most of its competitors.
3. Subaru WRX Sti
The Subaru WRX is the rival to the Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution. Based on Subaru’s rally car, the WRX is powered by a flat-4 turbo (a boxer 4) making well over 200hp. The WRX and the EVO have a friendly rivalry going on and the WRX is the ugly duckling favorite for tuners everywhere.
4. Honda Civic
The humble Civic can be a grocery getter or a pavement chewing monster. The car that basically started the tuning scene in the early 90’s has transformed into a respectable performance car on the cheap. Today, the Civic is still a popular choice for people to mod and race, although its rep has been damaged by Ricers.
5. Mazda RX7
Mazda’s rotary-powered RX7 Turbo is one of the best Mazda has ever made and imported to the US. The RX7, in its last generation, was a very capable performer on the streets and on the track. The RX7 gave the rivals with piston engines a run for their money.
6 .Toyota Supra Turbo
Made famous by the movie The Fast and Furious, the Supra has morphed into a megastar. The value of the car has remained high for the sports coupe world and is considered an exotic in the tuning world. The Supra is one of the most beautiful cars you’ll see on the road today.
7. Dodge Neon SRT 4
A domestic tuner? Yes, the Neon SRT 4 was a surprise in the tuner world. The Inline-4 2.4 DOHC turbo put out a hefty 213hp (230hp on 04-05 models). Mitsubishi provided the turbo for the little Neon which turned it into a formidable street car and a nice track car. Although it has been discontinued by Dodge, the SRT still remains a favorite of racers.
8. Hyundai Genesis
The Genesis, although fairly new to the market, is quickly becoming a favorite among tuners and modders. The Korean automaker filled a gap left in the market with the death of the 240 SX for a front-engine rear-wheel-drive car in that segment. The Genesis comes with several choices of engines to choose from like the premium V6, the base inline-4, or the Turbo 4.
9. Nissan Z
The Nissan Z, referred to in Japan as the Fairlady Z and in America as the current 370Z , was known as the poor man’s sports car. Sporting a front-engine rear-wheel-drive layout in a nice sleek form, the Z not only looked fast…it was fast. Today, it’s not really the poor man’s sports car, but the V6 under the hood
and 2 seats lets you know that you are driving a sports car.
10. Honda NSX
The Honda/Acura NSX is a mid-engine rear-wheel-drive sports car form Honda. Priced well above the Civic and even the Honda S2000, the NSX is regarded as a supercar because of the price tag. The NSX may not have the power of a Ferrari, but it makes up for it in its ability to hug the curves like a cat on the run.