Remember in 2001, right around the time the general public was introduced to the import tuner scene by The Fast And The Furious and “roll call” or “shopping list” decals became a fashion statement? If you do, I don’t have to explain why this is funny.
Everybody loves a 911, but—and trust me on this—the Porsche Cayman GT4 is the best road car the company has ever delivered. The mid-engine layout gives it incredible balance, the six-speed manual makes it highly engaging. So when you add $20,000 in upgrades to that brilliant base, you’re pretty much into a superhero…
I am not a person who goes looking for strange and interesting aftermarket wheels online, so it came as a shock to me when I first laid eyes on these Mugen MD-Fs, the most unexpected tuner car wheels I had ever seen.
In just a quick glance, you can tell that this AMC Javelin isn’t even remotely messing around. A menacing face, a huge hood, and massive fenders wrapped over three-piece HRE wheels. A thousand horses from a 6.2-liter supercharged Dodge Hellcat engine. An opulent gold paint job.
Why the hell do people buy old-ass cars from the 1960s? They cost too much, for one thing. They’re unreliable to operate as a daily, with their pesky two and four barrels. They stop like shit. And most of the time, they smell like a Shell station. Designed by guys who fought Hitler and Tojo with a half smoked Lucky…
Oszkar Bacsi told me that every time he goes out in his heavily modified 1969 Porsche 912 Slantnose, he wonders if he’ll come back in one piece. Not exactly the most comforting thing to hear while riding shotgun up a worn out canyon road at dusk, but I understood why he said it.
I can honestly say there’s no show quite like the Tokyo Auto Salon. There are other tuner shows like SEMA and the Essen Motor Show, but the TAS has its very own and unique style. When the rest of the world is oohing and aah-ing over the latest tech and the latest trucks, this unmistakably Japanese show is where things…
If you ever need proof that you don’t need a ton of power to have a fun car, take a look at this Ford Crown Victoria P71. It only puts 230 horsepower to the rear wheels, but the owner has modified it to the point that it’s basically “a fat Miata.”
Imagine taking an off-road truck, lowering it, and fattening it with a wild widebody kit that looks like it’s supposed to go on a drift car. Actually, it might be kind of awesome. Maybe this many wrongs make a right.
Modifying Toyota Supra engines is all fun and and good, but that gets done a lot. A tuning shop in Minnesota refreshingly didn’t go that typical route, instead combining turbocharged six-cylinder engines pulled from two Supras and combining them into a V12.
Few things are as wild as they seem—looking at you, vinyl-wrapped enthusiast cars on Craigslist that end up being stock automatics—but this Toyota Supra is. Not only is it a V12 that’s hit 222 mph and looks like a knockoff Ferrari 488 in the front, but the owner who tuned it also got rather good at being arrested in…
Hard charging the APR Stage 3+ Volkswagen Golf R sucks your skin to the seat and blurs every cell in your brain that’s not dedicated to driving. By the time you catch your breath, the only things sputtering around your noggin will be awe, incredulity and “how is this a freaking Golf?”
The ad for today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Callaway Corvette claims the twin-turbo convertible to be #51 out of just 184 produced. Let’s see if this storied, and long-stored car comes with a price that makes it feel like #2 in your estimation.
Miguel Carrera is a Santander, Spain-based 23 year-old automotive technician who’s in the process of stuffing a 306 horsepower Civic Type R engine into a 2,100 pound fifth-generation Honda Civic. It’s all part of an epic project aimed at achieving a power-to-weight figure on par with that of a Dodge Challenger…
Legends never die. Rusty Slammington certainly hasn’t. The E28 BMW 5 Series has been featured on the internet pages of Jalopnik for the better part of a decade, but now it’s finally done, and it’s out there putting BMW nightmares into your children’s heads.
Few outfits are as synonymous with the wide bodykit craze than Japanese tuner shop Liberty Walk. Located in a quiet neighborhood in the city of Nagoya sits the headquarters of crazy fender-cutting company.
This is a 900 horsepower Audi RS6 Avant with a turbo that is probably bigger than my face. Please enjoy three minutes of this wagon dominating the drag strip with snarling turbo madness.
The worlds in which we inhabit on the internet are largely Star Wars compactor-esque rooms of filth that crush you to death if the garbage monsters don’t get you first. There are small oasis of joy, though, and few are more joyful than this tour of a Japanese tuner car lot filled with vehicles of astounding design.