The 2JZ is like the LS of Japanese engines: the mere mention of it calls to mind the sound of a 240sx bouncing furiously off its rev limiter. It’s as easy as changing your shoes to drop a 2JZ into a variety of cars, and because so many Japanese cars used engines from this family, there are literally thousands of them to choose from and they’re all pretty cheap.
The best part? These cars are regularly being sold on Autotrader for between $22,000 and $30,000, which is great news because it means you still have money to replace the seats in this car. If you’re planning on using it daily, you should know that the biggest complaints about this car involve garbage seats and a meh interior, but that can always be remedied.
The new Buick Regal Sportback is already available for the starting sticker of $25,000. The final step on the performance ladder costs $40,000, on the other hand. It’s the iconic GS, which draws its 310 horses from a 3.6L V6 engine the first V6 in an intermediate Buick after 13 years. The Buick Regal Sportback GS is currently the most powerful Tri-Shield badge car alongside the new LaCrosse.
Find one of these in any old breadvan in the RV section of Craigslist no lowballs, I know what I have. The Cones-in-a-Parking-Lot Society scoffs at you for doing anything to a stock Miata outside of firming it up, so putting used engines in Miatas means provoking an internet army. It’s rare to hear about a swap that improves something about the stock balance of performance and durability, because most of them throw it out the window.
Just as you can not build a list of hot cars without a Ferrari, you can not build one without adding a Bugatti. According to the Bugatti website, ”BUGATTI owes its distinctive character to a family of artists, who was always determined to offer the extraordinary. The superlative. The best.” Every word of that statement can be seen in the Bugatti Chiron. Grand lines and captivating style combine with awe-inspiring power to provide what may be the ultimate driver’s supercar.
These crazy cheap cars are some of the most badass wagons on the market, plain and simple. It does 0-60 in 4 seconds flat and features the same 6.2L supercharged V8 (inspired by the C6 ZR1 engine) as its sedan brother. It’s good for 556 hp, 551 lb-ft. of torque, and a shitload of good times, screeching tires, and sideways turns.
If you’re in the market for a new muscle car, chances are you’re looking to spend anywhere between $30,000 and $45,000, or even as much as $60k, depending on options and trims. Instead of looking for a new vehicle though, you may be better served looking to the past instead.
We can all agree that sportscars are the supermodels of hot cars. Just as there are supermodels that standout among their peers, there are hot cars that have the beautiful curves and the amazing lines that are every bit as visually appealing as they are aerodynamic. One of those cars is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT.
The Pontiac Fiero isn’t what most people would describe as exciting. They were overhyped even at the time, and they used engines that always left something on the table in terms of performance. With over 370,000 produced, a Fiero today can be a great platform for one of those shitty Ferrari kits or better yet, a 3800 V6 swap. A modern V6 really wakes these babies up.
As if that is not enough, the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita is powered by a 4.8L V8 that is capable of 1018 hp, blasts from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and will hit 120 mph in 13.55 seconds. With a top speed of 255 mph, the CCXR Trevita is capable of 1.5G of lateral G-force. All that for the rock bottom price of $4.8 million. The price tag may be part of the reason that Koenigsegg only built a few of these hot cars.
However, becoming a professional race car driver requires a couple of things a LOT of money, lifelong dedication, a lot of talent, even bigger balls than a stunt car driver, and did I mention a lot of money? As for the payments you could go broke in a minute, but at the same time, there really isn’t an upper limit on what you could make. Just drive faster and smarter than anyone else. Easier said than done for sure.
The F136 can be found in the Ferrari F430 and California, the Alfa 8C, and Maserati models dating back to 2002. This includes the often-daily-driven-by-pretentious-fools Quattroporte, lending credence to its reliability, but if you want the real deal step up and pull one out of a 458.
Full torque is available at 3,500 rpm. Nissan has not released the figures for projected top speed, etc for the latest model. If the 2.9 second 0 to 60 mph and Nurburgring Nordschleife lap of only 7:08 minutes produced by the 2015 edition are any indication, the newest NISMO should kick the hell out of several supercars and costs less than $200,000!