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honestly, if you want you car get to the 150+ club you would have to do stuff like get the 6mt tranny, a huge turbo, good engine management, and a 2 mile long stretch of road. unfortunatley, our cars are like a mack truck going through the air compared to something like civic. (bad example, but you know what i mean)
Another strategy is to just start sawing things off. Ditch those seats, door liners, toss the electric window motors, tear out the A/C, switch to full TI exhaust, take out the speakers, the glove box -- anything not directly involved in the frame, drivetrain or wiring harness. Then get rid of all of that sheet metal and get some lightweight fiberglass. Hey, it works for rally cars and NASCAR!
But seriously, you are looking at the wrong car. A 1980s-era Comaro ($5000 max) can cream a WRX at the 120+ mark... That extra axle being driven by the engine doesn't come without a substantial loss.
Originally posted by meilers But seriously, you are looking at the wrong car. A 1980s-era Comaro ($5000 max) can cream a WRX at the 120+ mark... That extra axle being driven by the engine doesn't come without a substantial loss.
If you wanted a high top-speed Japanese car, the Impreza is not it at all. You should go for the twin-turbo 6 cylinder monsters from the nineties: Nissan Z32 Fairlady, Toyota JZA80 Supra, Nissan R32 through R34 Skyline GT-R (hehe don't we all wish? ), possibly a Mazda FD3S RX-7 (with correct tuning), Toyota Soarer/Lexus SC400. Also capable of achieving high top speeds are VIP and luxury cars: Toyota Aristo (Lexus GS430), Toyota Celsior (LS430), Nissan Gloria (Inifiniti M45), Nissan Cima (Q45), etc.
The Impreza's outstanding capabilities are acceleration, handling, and (comparatively) lower price. Other cars that are similar in this respect are Lancer Evolutions, Silvia's, untuned RX-7's, and most drift cars. And obviously, with correct tuning, any of these would make a mean circuit car with excellent all-around capabilities.