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September 17, 2010

Honda Civic 2.0i VTEC Type R Hatch Review

The Japanese version of the Civic was sold as a 4-door Sedan which generates 222bhp at 8400RPM. This is more powerful than the European version, which generates 198bhp at 7,800RPM. The external features of the 3-Door hatchback have changed some what since 2001, with a slightly less ‘sporty’ look and more of a ‘Honda space age’ look. However – under the bonnet the 2litre VTEC engine is the same (tweaked) engine as was in the previous generation, which isn’t a bad thing..

Although the new version is heavier its still lightning quick for its class, with a 0-62mph time of 6.6 seconds. The top speed hasn’t changed and remains at 146MPH. Honda have changed the double wishbone set-up in the rear suspension to a torsion bar suspension, they claim it makes the new civic type R more rigid than before.

The Vehicle Stability Assist on the Civic has been tweaked a little extra, which gives the driver more control.. and ultimately more fun! Fuel economies will undoubtedly be high for those of you who push it until the pistons fly through the bonnet. Expect around 30-40mpg.

As mentioned before, the weight of the car has increased. This is due to the fact that Honda have added more features, making it more of a drivers car. The features include dual climate control, drilled aluminum pedals & footrest, an alloy gear knob for the new 6 speed gearbox, leather steering wheel, auto wipers & lights and optional sat nav.

Unfortunately this time around Honda have taken a step back – they may have introduced new gadgets and features, but nothing new in terms of pure performance comes out of this vehicle.

But I’m pretty sure most Honda Type R fans are waiting for the launch of 2011 honda civic type r next year in 2011 and Japan will be witnessing first hand this speed monster’s birth next year. Owners of the senior Civic Type R, brace yourself!

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September 17, 2010

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR (MR EVO) – 5 Tuning Tips For More Power

The 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR (also know as MR Evolution or MR EVO). The MR EVO is one of the finest all-around street performance cars available. This is attributed to its affordable price, (you can get a used 2006 MR EVO for about $20K-28K) its AWD system and its 2.0 liter, 286 horsepower, 289 ft-lbs torque, 4-cylinder engine.

Modifying the MR EVO presents many options as there are a plethora of race companies with parts available. There are certain points on the MR EVO that should be addressed first. MR Evolutions come with many factory placed restrictions. These OEM restrictions were put in place to make the car safer and more reliable for everyday driving. Unfortunately, these restrictions keep your MR EVO from making the most power it can. Below I have the top 5 tuning tips to unleash the true power of your MR EVO!

#1 High-Flowing Air Intake Filter

The MR EVO has the largest stock turbo in any of the Lancer Evolution line-up vehicles. The stock air box is extremely restrictive and a simple air intake replacement will free-up lots of power. The turbo itself will spool up a lot faster, decreasing turbo lag. Gains of anywhere from 8-15hp should be expected. Performance intakes for the MR EVO are very simple to install as well.

#2 High-Flowing 3 Inch Downpipe

The downpipe is one the most crucial parts of any turbocharged car. Upgrading your downpipe will increase loads of horsepower and torque throughout the RPM range. Your turbo will have enhanced spooling characteristics as well. What does this mean? It means that not only will your turbo spool up faster, but your overall boost curve will change as well. When it comes to the MR EVO, the most important place on the exhaust is immediately after the turbo.

#3 High-Flowing 3 Inch Exhaust System

The OEM exhaust on the Lancer Evolution MR is very restrictive. Upgrading the exhaust to a full 3 inch unit does nothing but good in terms of power. Not to mention that sweet exhaust tone that the MR Evolution can make. You will notice an immediate increase in top end power along with a beautiful exhaust tone in the upper RPM. With a variety of styles and finishes available, you can add a little personality to your MR EVO.

#4 High-Performance Clutch

The Mitsubishi Lancer MR clutch is not bad, it just gets bad when you start adding more power to the car. The clutch is must for any MR EVO with performance parts. In my experience with tuning MR Evolutions I found that when the car starts producing about 300hp to the wheels the clutch must be upgraded. When upgrading the clutch you should always replace the flywheel with a lightweight performance version as well. Not only will your clutch hold the power your engine makes, but your overall horsepower will go up as well!

#5 Digital Boost Controller

Boost is one of the most important aspects of the MR EVO. Raising the boost level of the Lancer Evolution is one of the most effective ways to increase horsepower and torque. I have seen a 1 lbs increase in boost result in increases of up to 10 hp! Imagine when you increase the boost by 2, 3, 4, or 5 lbs? Not only that, but a digital boost controller will increase the spool response of your turbo as well. Controlling boost is also crucial if you plan to do more modifications in the future.

There are many options for tuning the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO MR. But these top 5 tips will start you in the right direction to be on the winning team.

Kai Graves is a race mechanic/driver/tuner with 15 years experience in performance automotive. He also owns and operates Leafracing Auto Performance & Service located in Honolulu, HI. Specializing in AWD Turbo modifications and tuning as well as general repairs & maintenance.

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X (US)

September 17, 2010

Evolution IX

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, colloquially known as the Lancer Evo or Evo,[1] is a high-performance sedan manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors. There have been ten official versions to date, and the designation of each model is most commonly a roman numeral. All use two litre, turbocharged engines and four-wheel drive systems.
The Evolution was originally intended only for Japanese markets, but demand on the “grey import” market led the Evolution series to be offered through Ralliart dealer networks in the United Kingdom and in various European markets from around 1998. Mitsubishi decided to export the eighth generation Evolution to the United States in 2003 after witnessing the success Subaru had in that market with their Impreza WRX, a direct competitor in other global regions

Mitsubishi introduced the Lancer Evolution IX in Japan on March 3, 2005,[12] and exhibited the car at the Geneva Motor Show for the European market the same day.[13] The North American markets saw the model exhibited at the New York International Auto Show the following month.[14] The 2.0 L 4G63 engine has MIVEC technology (variable valve timing), and a revised turbocharger design boosting official power output at the crankshaft to 291 PS (214 kW; 287 hp) and torque to 392 N·m (289 lb·ft).

The USDM Lancer Evolution IX models: standard (Grand Sport Rally or “GSR” in some markets), RS (Rally Sport), SE (Special Edition) and MR (Mitsubishi Racing) varied slightly in their performance capabilities. Subtleties unique to each model accounted for variations in acceleration, handling and top speed. The RS excluded features standard on the standard, SE and MR models (stereo system, power windows and locks, rear wiper, rear wing, trunk lining and sound insulation). The result is a weight savings of over 60 lb (27 kg). The fuel capacity remains the same as the Evo VIII at 14 USgal (53 L).

Although the RS is the lightest of the group, the RS did not manage to outperform the standard IX and the MR around a road course (even if only by fractions of a second). This was purported to be due to the lack of a rear wing on the RS. In a drag race, the three models are all about even. The RS model was produced for rally and racing teams who wanted a platform to build a race car from. It is stripped of all the creature comforts, and other upgrades that drive the price up for features that the race teams would not require.

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September 17, 2010

The 2010 Subaru WRX

The base model 2010 Subaru WRX is now as formidable in the performance department as the upscale WRX STI of last season. The best part is that it is now almost $10,000 less in initial price than any STI model for ’10 and still offers great engines and body styles to choose from. The WRX has a very distinct look and has been heralded for almost a decade now as one of the best cars available for US consumers. The patented all wheel drive system Subaru has placed in these cars makes them ideal for practically any road condition.

Outside, Subaru has given the WRX another facelift making it as distinctive, if not more so than any previous model year. Out is the old sedan style with traditionally sloped rear trunk and body panels. Instead of an abrupt end to the cabin and start of the trunk, the 2010 Subaru WRX gently flows body panels between the two. It will have to be seen whether or not this is a step in the right direction. Most consumers do agree however that the interior is more than adequate and offers a lot of options for customization.

The WRX comes in a base model, and STI package which is designed for ultimate performance. There is a substantial difference in price between the two, and the base model has been upgraded significantly since the previous model year. Base models are equipped with a 2.5 liter engine capable of 165 horsepower. They are offered with a five speed manual transmission or a four speed. STI models have a tweaked engine that is capable of even more horsepower and very pleasant performance.

Base WRX models come with practically every optional accessory imaginable. Of course, buyers can get a basic car that only comes with a few power accessories and limited amenities. Those looking to get the most out of their WRX are probably going to opt for quite a few interior additions that will more than likely see the price rise as well. Stereo systems, plush seats, friendly accessory panels, easy access to shift knobs and instrument clusters make these vehicles well loved by their owners. STI models come with slightly different body styles and interior accents. Again most of these can be customized in a wide variety of ways. On the outside a STI has body sills that may or may not add to performance.

As far as safety is concerned the all wheel drive system in these cars make them ideal for poor weather conditions. Though owners probably wouldn’t want to do too much off road driving with these vehicles, they are more than capable in situations where high clearance isn’t necessary. In crash test ratings these vehicles fair very well. Most tests have them receiving perfect scores in both front and side impact crash tests. Another bonus is the fact that these vehicles come with standard features like stability control, anti-lock brakes, front airbags, side airbags, full curtain airbags, head restraints, and a few other safety features. Drivers can be rather confident that they are in one of the safest vehicles in the class.

Consumers who are looking for a little extra performance out of a sedan may just find the WRX a true delight. The distinctive styling may be what keeps the 2010 Subaru WRX from becoming a mainstream vehicle however. The interior is one of the most well refined available and be customized in literally hundreds if not thousands of different ways. Under the hood, both the base WRX and STI models offer enough power to compete with the likes of a pony car.

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