In the second part of our favorite Honda Tuning magazine sedan feature cars, we take a look at a few different vehicle types that include race, street, show and a combination of all of the above. These cars illustrate the true versatility of the sedan platform.
Whether it's because most assume four-door vehicles are inherently overweight or perhaps it's a fear of building something that doesn't fall in to the extremely popular hatchback or coupe categories, the sedan has been overlooked far too often. Here are five more reasons to reconsider a couple of extra doors.
The Mugen RR edition Civic Type R is a Honda fanatic's dream. Already potent from the factory, Mugen made some aerodynamic and performance-related upgrades to the car and it was such a hit, it sold out in mere minutes upon its release in Japan. Hirosi Kayano was one of those lucky individuals and he put his RR on track on multiple occasions to exploit its attributes. One of those trips ended up with a slightly mangled piece of Honda history, so he contacted J's Racing and they rebuilt the car top to bottom, turning it into an absolute beast. J's Racing original aero was installed as was a custom cage and a fully built, high compression 2.4L mill complete with Toda Sports Injection (ITB) that resulted in over 340hp.
Highlights Stroked K20 (2.4L), Toda ITB and A2 cams, ported/polished head, J's Racing 5.5 final drive and Hyper single clutch, Motec M400 management; J's Racing Type S aero kit, 18x9.5 Volk CE28N with Kumho V700 tires
RC Chacon, owner of RC's Garage in Arizona, has become pretty well known for his white Civic EH that graced the cover of Honda Tuning, but this time he was back with the addition of two more doors. The 1994 Civic sedan pictured was actually a friend's project car he'd been helping to get off the ground. One thing led to another and RC began putting serious hours and some of his own money into the build. The snowball effect resulted in Mugen aero and wheels, a boosted K24 and one of the cleanest engine bays we'd seen up to that point. Since then, RC has gone on to build a number of other showstoppers.
Highlights K24 swap, JDL custom sidewinder exhaust manifold, downpipe, and intercooler set up, Hybrid Racing 74mm throttle body, ID1000 injectors, Garrett "Big Kahuna" turbo, K20Z3 transmission, '96-spec 4x114 lug conversion; Mugen front lips and sideskirts, 16in MF8s with Falken Azenis tires
Raul Corrales, Jr., or "Salem" as he's known, put together a clean sedan that didn't stray too far from the original lines of the Acura TSX or the look of the Euro R that he choose to base his cars appearance upgrades upon. The car served as a daily driver, weekend track warrior and even showed up at a number of meets and car shows. When it appeared in HT, the car sat on 17-inch Desmond Marquis Promoda, but Salem's gone through dozens of different wheels since then. He's also traded the Euro R front for a J's Racing bumper and then a Spoon bumper, new hood and J's Racing rear wing. Ever evolving, the future might have forced induction in store and many more track days.
Highlights J's Racing intake, exhaust and header, T1R 4-pot calipers and 2-pc rotors; EuroR lip and grill, Bride Gias Low Max carbon Kevlar seats
Ken Suen's 2008 Honda Civic Si sedan has rapidly evolved from a streetcar to an occasional weekend track car to a full-blown time attack car. When we featured the car in 2012, the original K20 was reworked with every conceivable bolt-on and tuned numerous times to reach an impressive 270hp. Later, Ken moved on to a built K24 block that pushed power over the 300hp mark and he just kept getting faster on track. An unfortunate catastrophic failure and engine cabin fire put the eighth gen on the disabled list but don't think Ken's just been sulking. He's too busy completely revamping the car, top to bottom, and make no mistake, this track-only sedan is out for blood. The only thing more aggressive than the car's updated power plant is the extreme aero that Ken continues to work on at home.
Highlights Skunk2 stage 2 cams, valvetrain, header, RRC intake manifold and TL-S throttle body, RDX 410cc injectors, Godspeed 3.5in cold-air intake with Vibrant velocity stack; CTR/Mugen RR style conversion, custom Godspeed splitter, Seibon Mugen style hood and trunk, Lotus Red paint by DTM Autobody, 17x9 RE30 front, 17x9 CE28N rear
Daniel Sandoval not only picked a less popular platform with a sedan for his project car, he also chose a car that's been blatantly ignored by both enthusiasts and the aftermarket. Perhaps one was the result of the other, but nevertheless, the second generation Acura TSX didn't get much support. Not to worry; Daniel reached outside of the US market to snag a Mugen front bumper and side skirts intended for the JDM Accord that shares a chassis with the Acura. He also added an A-Spec rear bumper and 19-inch CE28s to bring everything together. It's by far, one of the best looking new body TSXs we've ever encountered and it's as simple as it gets. With plans to install forced induction, we think Daniel's TSX will only get better and serve as a role model to other second gen TSX owners that need some motivation.
Highlights Authentic Mugen JDM Accord front bumper and sideskirts, 19x8.5 Volk CE28N, Buddy Club big brake kit, Status Spa seats, JDM Accord steering wheel