Modifying your vehicle can be one of the most rewarding ventures you can go into in terms of motoring there are the obvious benefits you will feel when you are driving or racing your improved motor when you can physically feel the effects of what you have done. There is also the satisfaction in knowing that it was your work that was responsible for making your car even better.
There can be some headaches that come with this though, particularly if you are still learning the best methods and techniques. There’s knowing where to start, do you work on turbocharging your engine first or fitting a new aerodynamic bodykit? Or do you consider tuning your suspension or selecting the right tyres? Ultimately though, before you can even begin to think about all of this – there’s the issue of the car itself.
You shouldn’t just buy any old motor, you need a car that is best suited to tuning and you might be surprised to know that Japanese vehicles are proving to be very popular.
The best option is to purchase from an efficient and reliable retailer that knows about cars and can provide all the information you need about the specifications and car history – should you be looking at the used markets – like AA Cars for example. It goes without saying though that factors such as mileage, age and the car’s history should be considered too.
Japan has a fine history of vehicle manufacture, with many of their brands now household names it’s little surprise then that so many are turning to Japanese imports, here is a selection you might want to consider:
An incredibly popular car which although well-built has potential for a wealth of modifications to be made. A used model can be yours for as little as £2,000.
A road car with the racing pedigree you can modify to pack even more punch. A relatively new one can cost around £25,000.
A stylish model that combines aerodynamic elegance with racing prowess, why not work on the suspension to give this a smooth lower profile. A used car can be found for below £2,000.
Already designed to be fast, this car could benefit from a lighter bodykit to give mind-blowing speed. A decent used model can cost you a few thousand pounds.
A lighter mode of car whose engine you can work on to make this even faster. Again, depending on age the newer models can be in the £25,000 plus range.
The Lancer EVO already wears an athletic body kit and has a muscular persona. Install a good set of wheels and maybe tune the turbo-engine up a little to increase the power rating and the performance. The 2004 to 2008 models can be bought between £6,000 and £9,000.
The 370z’s coupe body style and the elongated hood design give it a sporty and stylish character. Additionally, there are loads of body kits which you can search online to give your 370z a brawnier look. Opt for an automatic gearbox with the 3.7L V6 engine for an enhanced performance. The latest model will cost over £28,000, while a used 370z can be bought under £14,000.
Don’t let the Mazda MX-5 Miata’s compact body styling fool you. It has a serious advantage of being light weight and aerodynamically efficient. Throw in a V8 or a V6 to turn this sports car into a monster. The used models between 1999 and 2007 can be easily bought between £1,200 and £4,000.
The Nissan Sentra SE-R features a sporty front grille, smoked head lamps and a luxurious interior. It renders a powerful performance thanks to its 2.0L and 2.5L engines. However, the suspension and braking system can be upgraded for better maneuverability. A used model can easily be bought under £9,000.
The Honda S2000 may not have a lot to upgrade in the powertrain department due to its ultra-fast in-line four cylinder engine. However, you might consider adding a custom paint job, new wheels and side skirts for a more attractive look. Search the local market for a used Honda S2000 under £8,000 price tag.
Noise pollution is definitely a bad thing, but the monstrous sound the Acura Integra’s exhaust system makes is soothing for any car enthusiast. The body kit is exceptional, though it has some room for improvement in the paint department. A used model from 1998 to 2005 can be bought between £7,000 and £9,000.
This article was updated on 27th May, 2016.
Suhail is a journalist who loves everything about technology driven cars. He keeps a keen eye on the latest developments in automotive industry and shares the news as it breaks.
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