When most people think about tuning Hondas, they automatically conjure up images of hatchbacks and coupes, but rarely do they think of a sedan as a viable candidate for a project car. Underrated and often ignored, sedans are often times the perfect build basis for someone in need of the two additional egresses.
We've gone back through the pages of Honda Tuning magazine and picked our all-time 10 favorite sedan feature cars to pay homage to the under-appreciated. Even if you're not a fan of four-doors, you can't help but appreciate the hard work and detail put into these builds.
Mark Sutakajana's 2000 GS-R was built at home in his garage and serves three very distinct purposes; street duty, weekend track days and the occasional car show. Under the hood sits a fully built B20/VTEC conversion that makes over 250whp and held up to more than its fair share of high RPM abuse.
Highlights: B20B block, CP pistons, Eagle rods, P72 cylinder head, Portflow port/polished head, Rocket Motorsports valvesprings/retainers, Skunk2 Stage2 cams, JG cam gears, Hasport mounts, Skunk2 ported intake manifold and 72mm throttle body, Profab header, Spoon N1 muffler, Fast Intension custom exhaust.
Daniel Hernandez owned this '97 Civic for a number of years and managed to completely revamp the car on more than one occasion. This time around included tearing the car all the way down, switching from a bright blue to BMW M3 Phoenix Yellow Metallic hue and dropping in a fully built K24. With the help of Sonny at 515 Autobody in San Francisco, the sedan received a number of one-off body mods and embodied what a truly complete build should consist of. No stone unturned, no shortcuts taken.
Highlights: K24, Supertech pistons, Supetech valvetrain, Blox Spec B cams, Blox 70mm throttle body, K-Tuned intake, 257hp/196 ft-lb of torque.; Modified J's Racing front fenders and front lip, custom flared rear fenders, shaved gas door (relocated inside trunk), shaved engine bay with dimple die cuts throughout.
Mike Trevino's '94 Civic was in Honda Tuning twice, the second time coming after having gone through a complete makeover that included a new swap, new color, etc. For our money, the best look for Mike's car was during his first feature when it still had the original OEM grey paint and a LS/VTEC swap. Mike had converted the car to RHD status, added a set of Volk CE28N Time Attacks and Mugen front lip to the outside, while inside he'd gone with an EDM SiR interior and S2000 gauge cluster. The attention to detail under the hood and his ability to combine various OEM parts from the European and Japanese markets worked perfectly.
Highlights B18A block/B1A head with Blox Type B cams, throttle body and header, Supertech valvetrain, Redzone Motorsports custom intake (changed to ITBs shortly after); RHD conversion, Mugen front lip, EG9 rear wing and visors, factory Phantom Grey paint
Jeremy Duarte's '98 Integra Type R sedan was featured with Mike and Danny and all three graced the cover. Like the others, Jeremy's car had been with him for years and having spent many of those years in a blue finish, he felt that it was time to try something new. Synergy Green from a 2011 Camaro was applied to the ITR body while underhood, his 500hp boosted B-series remained, though it too received a few changes. It's a rare sight to catch a JDM ITR on U.S. soil but a sedan version is far incredibly uncommon.
Highlights: B18C1 bored to 2.0L via RS Machine sleeves, Supertech piston and valvetrain, Garrett GT35R turbo, Spoolin' Performance exhaust manifold, Venom intake manifold, TiAL wastegate, Rywire coil-on-plug conversion, custom 4in V-band exhaust. Chargespeed front lip, 17x7 Work Meister M1 wheels.
Mark Kluge's '07 Si was to be a simple daily driver with tinted windows but that little plan didn't last long, especially after he'd been in touch with Jotech Performance of Florida. The shop helped him map out a monster build featuring a high compression K24/K20 combo that made 320hp - still daily driven and relying on race fuel. He also opted to lose the mundane front end for a complete JDM CTR conversion and in the end, Mark had one of the cleanest, nastiest 8th gens on the planet.
Highlights K24A4 block, ERL sleeves, 14.2:1 Wiseco pistons, K1 rods, K20Z3 head by Team 4Piston Racing, Skunk2 Stage III cams, Pro Series intake manifold and 72mm throttle body, ASP header, Skunk2 Megapower 76mm exhaust; Complete JDM CTR front end conversion, Mugen lip, 18x9 +25 Work Meister M1R