Sports cars are great. Looks great. They can reach speeds that would make anyone’s heart explode. They are real bosses. Unfortunately, they tend to cost an arm and a leg not only to buy, but also to maintain. Not everyone can pay $100,000 on a car and spend more than $15,000 on annual maintenance. As a result, most mid-range gear heads are likely to settle on regular cars and give them the much-needed extra zing.
Car modification can get quite expensive, depending on the car being customized and what level its owner is trying to get to. However, some cars can become real monsters with a few simple modifications. As if that wasn’t satisfying enough, they are often so affordable and so common that most people don’t even bother with them. These are the most badass project cars that can be modified into a sleeper.
10 2004 Audi A4
Audi cars began to be very popular in the early 1980s. Similar to BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Audi really focused on engineering sports cars that would conquer the global market. In order to solidify its reputation as a serious automaker, Audi registered its legendary Quattro Sport in the World Rally Championship. After many victories, the Quattro Sport became an icon and allowed Audi to move forward with the production of more sports cars.
The A4 B6 has to be among the most reliable cars Audi has ever made. The 18-year-old will continue to run despite being around for a long time. The best part about the 2004 A4 B6 is the 3.0-liter V6 that makes 217 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The power is transmitted to the wheels thanks to the five-speed transmission. This affordable marvel can be tuned to 400 horsepower with a simple JHM Stage 2 tuning.
9 2005 Volvo S60R
Gearheads tend to overlook Volvos because they have a reputation for being too boring and safe suburban mom cars. While it’s true that Volvo has earned its reputation as one of the safest automakers on the market, the Swedish company has produced cars that look like grocery shopping, but that would shake anyone’s socks off. The whole world should thank Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin for inventing the seat belt, but it should also thank Volvo for coming up with the R versions of the S60.
The Volvo S60r appears to be more aggressive than the T5 S60’s 2.4-liter engine. In fact, the S60r comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder that puts out 300 horsepower and 296 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are really impressive, given the fact that the S60 is seen as a grocer. RZ Design’s R32 turbo kit tuned to produce 18.8 psi of boost will increase the power output of the S60r by at least 200 horsepower.
8 2007 Saab 9-3 Aero
In 2011, Saab kicked the bucket and stopped producing cars. Since Saab was originally specialized in aerospace and defense, the company has logically returned to its core business. While most gearheads won’t miss Saab cars, true European car enthusiasts know for a fact that Saab produced cars with great potential during its boom days.
2007 Saab 9-3 Aero is a beautiful sedan. It comes with great 18″ wheels and dual exhaust tips. Under the hood sits a 2.8-liter V6 with 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. For $2999, it’s possible to get a turbo kit from VTuner that will boost total output to 450+ horsepower. This exciting Swedish sedan will turn into the perfect sleeping car.
7 2012 Mini Cooper S
When people think of a Mini Cooper, they imagine Mr. Bean foolishly driving around London with his teddy bear. Over time, Mini has tried to shake off the image of being a producer of microscopic and unattractive urban vehicles. Things really changed when BMW acquired the Mini in the early 2000s. Today, the Mini lineup includes some great project cars.
Mini Cooper S 2012 is an attractive urban car that has attracted the vast majority of modern fashion designers. Most gearheads have looked away from the Cooper S, and these are their faults. A turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four with 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Given the fact that the 2012 Cooper S is turbocharged, it is possible to simply replace the turbo and tune the ECU in order to reach 300 hp.
6 2013 Mazda MazdaSpeed 3
When looking at the Japanese auto industry, it’s easy to see that oversized V8s aren’t the name of the game. Despite the existence of Japanese cars powered by a V8 engine, Japanese automakers have shown that they are quite capable of getting more than 400 horsepower from a small engine. However, a gentlemen’s agreement that limited the power of any Japanese car to 276 hp prevented this from happening.
The MazdaSpeed 3 may not be one of the most important cars in Mazda history, but it sure is a car that deserves every piston head’s attention. The turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four unit generates 263 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It is possible to get a MazdaSpeed 3 to produce 400 horsepower, but that requires a fair amount of work and money.
5 2016 Volkswagen Golf R.
Volkswagen was originally created to become a people’s car brand. While it is true that Volkswagens are the cheapest German cars, they are becoming less and less accessible. Brands like Dacia or Skoda deserve the title of “people’s car” more than Volkswagen. In fact, Volkswagen has grown into a producer of hatchbacks, sedans, and SUVs.
When the first 2016 Volkswagen Golf R was first released, golf enthusiasts immediately thought this bad boy could be tuned to annihilate a mid-range sports car. Important to note is the fact that Volkswagen tuned the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger to produce 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. There are a plethora of videos on YouTube that show Golf Rs producing over 500 HP with only parts installed and tuned.
4 2017 Infiniti Q60
Infiniti is known to be the luxury division of Nissan, in the same way that Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota. Over the past two decades or so, Nissan has brought back the Z plate. Starting with the 350Z, Nissan hit the nail right on the head. Building on its success, Nissan released the 370Z two years later. As both Z models were so successful, cars like the Infiniti Q60 went unnoticed.
The 2017 Infiniti Q60 is a great luxury coupe. On top of being aesthetically appealing and luxurious, the Q60 comes with the same 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine that generates 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque found on the Skyline and Z-Series. Based on what’s been done to the two Nissan sports cars, it’s fair to assume that the Q60 could easily become part of the 600-horsepower club.
3 2020 Ford Mustang GT
Pony cars have been at the forefront of the American sports car scene for decades. Although pony cars were disappointing between 1975 and 2005, the domestic has been able to reverse the trend thanks to technological advances in recent years. In 2004, the Mustang GT was rated at 260 horsepower. In 2005, production capacity of Ford’s most famous pony car rose to 300 horsepower.
There are several things gear heads should know before buying a used Ford Mustang. However, if there’s one thing most Mustang GT owners know, it’s the fact that a new air intake, supercharger and complete exhaust system can turn the Mustang GT into a true beast. It’s common for a 550-horsepower Mustang to falter where aftermarket performance parts are readily available. As a matter of fact, there are now a lot of parts to choose from.
2 2020 Toyota 86
Over the past 20 years, Toyota has completely changed its business model. The Japanese automaker ended the cars that were not selling despite their popularity among car enthusiasts. Left only cars like the Camry, Corolla and Prius, Toyota managed to reach the bottom line but lost respect in the motoring community. In an effort to revive the relationship between Toyota and the original piston heads, the automaker released the Model 86.
Toyota 86 is a great compact sports car. However, its 2.0-liter flat-mounted four-wheel drive has often been said to be too slow. With 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, it’s true that the 86 doesn’t pack much heat. Fortunately, it has been proven that basic modifications can bring a power output of 86 to 350 horsepower without having to spend an insane amount of cash.
1 2021 Chevrolet Camaro SS
The Camaro Chevrolet is a formidable car. Some of the rarest and fastest Camaros are now worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions. Unfortunately, Chevy completely destroyed the Camaro when it launched the fourth generation in 1993. The “Catfish” Camaro was so terrible that Chevy retired from the nameplate for eight years.
The Camaro SS comes with a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 that produces 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. For most people, this is a huge strength. No European car enthusiast will be able to get around the fact that the Camaro SS starts at around $38,000. For most crazy piston heads, the Camaro SS is just another Camaro that needs some serious power. Convert SS to ZL1? Say no more.
These sleeper cars are perfect for those who want sports car performance without attracting any attention.
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