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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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