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Mr b00st
I've been working on this post for quite a while, it's one of my favorite topics. 5,400 words(!) later I realize 10 isn't enough; there are way too many cool versions of awful cars out there. I figured this would make a good poll here at DS. For reference, here's the article:

Top 10 Interesting Variants of Boring Cars - Carthrottle.com

I love all of them like children. But I'm going to make a poll anyway. What's your favorite? What'd I miss? (left out a lot. 190E 2.3-16 Cossie, Sierra/Escort Cossie, Corolla XRS/FX-16/AE86 GT-S, etc.)





moe
I'll take the Lancia with a Ferrari engine thanks.
shandyman5
LC ftmfw.
Bjorn
There was a Mazda GLC/323 with an RX-7 engine.
moe
Really? More people would rather have the waste-of-space Passat W8 than a Ferrari-engined Lancia? VAGinas.

Also, there's an AMG version of the Mitsubishi Galant...
Mr b00st
QUOTE(Bjorn @ Apr 12 2011, 07:42 AM) *
There was a Mazda GLC/323 with an RX-7 engine.


I know there was the GT-X which had a 1.6L turbo/intercooled I4 and 4WD, but have never heard of a rotary GLC/323


QUOTE(moe @ Apr 12 2011, 08:45 AM) *
Really? More people would rather have the waste-of-space Passat W8 than a Ferrari-engined Lancia? VAGinas.

Also, there's an AMG version of the Mitsubishi Galant...


I happen to the think the W8 is awesome, but opinions are like assholes. I'd take one of both!

The AMG Galant was just a body kit and wheels. It would look really nice on a VR-4; then you'd have a fast Galant too!



^^AMG Galant for reference. had a stock 4G63 non-turbo sad.gif
Bjorn
^I might've been mistaken about the factory 323 Rotary. It's a popular conversion, but I can't find reference to a factory model.
Mr b00st
QUOTE(Bjorn @ Apr 12 2011, 12:17 PM) *
^I might've been mistaken about the factory 323 Rotary. It's a popular conversion, but I can't find reference to a factory model.


never seen a rotary-swapped GLC. Would love to.

How about a Rotary-swapped WRX?


dukenukem
Why don't the STI, EVO, SRT4 fall in this category? They are all "interesting" versions of shitty boring standard sedans.
Razor
QUOTE(dukenukem @ Apr 12 2011, 03:15 PM) *
Why don't the STI, EVO, SRT4 fall in this category? They are all "interesting" versions of shitty boring standard sedans.


^ This.
Halflifehavock13
Lotus Motherfucking Carlton. But the R5 is a close second.
clarkma5
Man this thread really made me want a Passat W8 again. Always loved how absurd that car was.
MustangAficionado
Carlton all the way, although I would have loved to see a 190E 2.3-16 in there.
UserDrew
The Fiesta SHOgun. 220hp V6 in a dinky little car. Of all the cars on the poll, however I feel the Taurus is the least provoking of them all. I want to vote for the Passat W8. Then I thought long and hard on it and went with the Carlton.
Halflifehavock13
I just realized the 94-96 impala ss is an interesting variant on the boring caprice. I might still put it a notch below the renault though (as it pains me).
fiber optic
Wasn't there a hot version of the New Beetle?
Razor
QUOTE(fiber optic @ Apr 14 2011, 08:36 AM) *
Wasn't there a hot version of the New Beetle?


The RSi? I don't think that was production.
green73ta
I had a Spirit ES. Not as fast at the R/T (SHO killer) but plenty quick with the turbo. I loved that little car.
Mr b00st
QUOTE(fiber optic @ Apr 14 2011, 08:36 AM) *
Wasn't there a hot version of the New Beetle?



two:
Beetle Turbo S. Had high-performance 1.8T (with K03s instead of regular K03 turbo), 6-speed manual, better seats/suspension, etc. 180bhp GTI engine, 6-speed instead of 5 from the GLI, integrated fog lights, etc.
RSi: 225bhp 3.2L VR6, Haldex AWD, VERY expensive and rare. WAS production though.
UserDrew
QUOTE(Mr b00st @ Apr 14 2011, 04:28 PM) *
two:
Beetle Turbo S. Had high-performance 1.8T (with K03s instead of regular K03 turbo), 6-speed manual, better seats/suspension, etc. 180bhp GTI engine, 6-speed instead of 5 from the GLI, integrated fog lights, etc.
RSi: 225bhp 3.2L VR6, Haldex AWD, VERY expensive and rare. WAS production though.


I drove the Turbo S back in 03. The thing had some go, but I wouldn't consider it a good alternative to some of the other tarted up performance level sort of cars available at that time.
Mr b00st
QUOTE(UserDrew @ Apr 15 2011, 01:34 AM) *
I drove the Turbo S back in 03. The thing had some go, but I wouldn't consider it a good alternative to some of the other tarted up performance level sort of cars available at that time.



me neither; i'd much rather have that drivetrain in a GTI 20th Anniversary Edition. it was kinda mean looking (for a beetle, it's all relative!)
moe
There was a Cup Edition too wasn't there? I've seen them around in Saudi & Dubai, and they sound mean as hell. Cup with some flashy decals, and what appears to be the RSi bodykit.
Altostratus
QUOTE(Mr b00st @ Apr 16 2011, 01:35 PM) *
me neither; i'd much rather have that drivetrain in a GTI 20th Anniversary Edition. it was kinda mean looking (for a beetle, it's all relative!)

it also had a reallllly loud power retractable spoiler.


Mr b00st
QUOTE(Altostratus @ Apr 18 2011, 08:12 PM) *
it also had a reallllly loud power retractable spoiler.


normal beetle turbos did too. A friend had an orange "color concept" NB 1.8T, that rear spoiler was loud as fuck! GrrrRRR
misnblu
I favored the Oldsmobile Achieva SCX W41 for reasons of having a Quad IV engine and building my engine to meet similar specs as the W41 Quad.

Sure there are better cars on the list but since I live in America I've got to go with what cars I know and this is my pick.
Having been in one years ago in Florida on vacation the car was amazingly quick for a 4 banger. Mid 14 second times in the 1320 and with the FE3 handling package that came stock with the SCX version, 190 conservative hp, and a look that only grandma's could love, it was the ultimate sleeper package.

Too bad GM couldn't contain the 10.5:1 compression and had head gaskets go constantly causing the W41 engines to be junked at the local wreckers.

To me this was the car that was never recognized by the Import community (read JDM community) because this 4 cylinder engine was way ahead of it's Japanese counterparts in it's time. Not only did the engine have the hp but it had torque which is something that most off the Japanese engines of the time never had, at least here in America.

With modification and tuning these engines now can produce 8 grand revs and all the n/a goodness that Japanese engines are renowned for but with the added benefit of torque.

Achieva SCX is my vote here although there's several others that win over anything that Oldsmobile could ever come up with. Too bad they're not available in the States for us to give a spin. huh.gif
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