You simply can't go wrong with a vehicle that's powered by all four wheels. All-Wheel Drive provides the ultimate traction in dry, wet, and even snowy conditions, improves launching from a stop and can be the catalyst in a thrown out back when pulling serious lateral-Gs around a corner. For the tuners featured here, choosing an AWD platform was the obvious choice but the personal touches built into each were nothing short of unique. What do you think of their builds? And if you think you are garaging something better we want to hear about it. Leave comments below.
Alex Witkin's 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
Feature Excerpt: "In high school I got my '02 WRX brand new and started modding it almost immediately. Within a week I had already installed an intake, exhaust, and the favorite first mod of all for turbo car owners: a blow-off valve. By the end of high school, the car was already getting to the point where I needed another car to daily drive," as Witkin explained. "Everything on the car is completely functional. It's registered, emissions exempt, and 100 percent legal for road use. I like to think of it as a JGTC car that the state of Maryland has agreed to let me drive down the street. What's not to like about that?"
Why we love it: "Alex's 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX has the best of both worlds, show and go!"
Full article: Alex Witkin's 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
Archie Santos' 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Feature excerpt: "If you're a longtime subscriber or dedicated reader, then dig up your October '09 issue and take a look at Archie's EVO X back then, if only to better appreciate what it has evolved into now. In 2009 it was a super-clean street build and featured a host of high-quality JDM goodies like Volk wheels, Bride seats, a JUN front lip and some tasty Ralliart bits and pieces." "Only available in the UK as an '09 model (and upgrade from the '08 FQ360 model), the FQ400 pumped out an impressive 403 hp and 387 ft-lbs of torque, and, more relevant to[RS1] this story, it also featured a completely reworked exterior, including carbon-fiber front fascia, side skirts and rear wing, a redesigned rear bumper to accommodate the center-exit exhaust, and a roof-mounted vortex generator."
Why we love it: "Archie's EVO X has been featured twice in Modified and it's easy to see why. Using only tasteful JDM parts, this EVO is a neck breaker."
Full article: Archie Santos' 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Trust 2010 Nissan GT-R R35RX
Feature excerpt: "Trust has taken on longtime rivals in the Japanese tuning world, HKS, at their own game. Trust was the first to come up with a turbo kit for the VR38 a couple of years back, a specially matched TD06 setup that would easily allow the large-capacity V-6 to churn out 800 hp. HKS then stepped it up with its own R35 development car that with an all-new GT800-plus kit managed an impressive 1:45 lap around Fuji Speedway (on slick tires)." "Not surprisingly, 4.3 liters and 30 psi of boost require a serious amount of fuel, so six 1,000-cc/min injectors are mounted along the GReddy billet fuel rail to quench this thirst; a pair of racing fuel pumps and an adjustable fuel pressure regulator finish things off, while the GReddy e-Manage Ultimate piggyback ECU takes care of the engine management. The figures speak for themselves: 1,206 hp and a tractor-rivaling 1,085 ft-lbs of torque."
Why we love it: "Do we really have to explain why we love a Nissan R-35, built by Greddy with over 1,000 horsepower, and equipped with Ben Sopra aero? Didn't think so."
Full article: Trust 2010 Nissan GT-R R35RX
Sean Stranahan and Charles Cha's 2005 and 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MRs
Feature excerpt: "Because both owners share a passion for the JDM school of thought and wanted the best for their cars, it's no wonder they share a few of the same parts." "Kansai is represented everywhere under the hood, except for the cam gear cover. The one shown is the Kansai wet-carbon-look cover that has since been switched out for a dry-carbon piece by Ralliart. They had to search long and hard for that one, and it ended up being the only one they could find for sale. Another piece that won't be easy to find is his Kansai radiator because it's the last one to ever be produced."
Why we love it: "These enthusiasts show the world how a well-executed JDM street car should look. It's hella JDM yo!"
Pro Stock Racing's 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R
Feature excerpt: "Most impressive, however, are the 564 ft-lbs of torque available at 5600 rpm, giving the R32 explosive acceleration out of corners. To channel all this twist to the four wheels, Jin decided to ditch the stock transmission in favor of a Getrag 6-speed from the R34 GT-R, fitted along with an Exedy triple plate clutch." "Jin hired Nob Taniguchi to take care of the driving at the '10 Tsukuba Lap Battle, where he managed to lap in a best time of 58.779 seconds, reaching a top speed of 128.5 mph on the back straight."
Why we love it: "On the outside it's a subtle unmolested beauty, but the inside hides a monstrous 720 horsepower RB26DET."
Full article: Pro Stock Racing's 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R