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10 Memorable Tuner Stories of 2014

News that shaped the import and sport compact enthusiast landscapes

Jan 2, 2015

Toyota FT-1 = Next Supra?

Everyone wants it to be, but Toyota has yet to officially claim its wild concept from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show will in fact be the next Supra. Portending a 2+2 FR coupe in the $60k range, we have to believe it is the next coming of the beloved sports car.

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Toyota FT-1 Sports Car Concept Revealed

New Subaru WRX STI

So the new STI came out with the same power plant as the last, and initially people cried foul. But then they drove the EJ cradled in the new WRX chassis and suddenly it all made sense - this car can handle like the dickens.

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2015 Subaru WRX STI First Drive

New Mazda Miata

The improbable happened with the all-new MX-5 - they made it lighter. Really, who else shaves 220 pounds from their brand new performance (highly flingable) roadster? Mazda does, that's who.

New Miata Photo 10/34   |   New Miata

Mazda MX-5 Miata Unveiled – All-New Sportier Design!

Next Honda Civic Type R & NSX Hype

Whether waiting on the 3.6-liter high-end hybrid benchmarked against Ferrari and Porsche, and/or the 2.0L turbo hot hatch possibly coming Stateside, here's hoping the Big H has reconnected with its inner racer.

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Formula DAMN!

With another insanely tight points race, the highly likable Chris Forsberg repeating as champ, and its world series now a certainty, Formula Drift has again left its mark on motorsport. To this day, no one does pro drifting more exciting than FD.

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2014 Formula D Irwindale Photo Gallery

One Decade of Eibach Meet

Matt Rodriguez and Ryan Hoegner were doing big Honda meets before they were cool. Bigger than ever today, take a walk down memory lane in our retrospective of the seminal West Coast gathering.

Civic hatch 4th gen 2012 Photo 22/34   |   Civic Hatch 4Th Gen 2012

10 Years of the Eibach Honda Meet

Gymkhana 7

Ken Block up to his old tricks, this time on the rough streets of LA and behind the wheel of the over-the-top "Hoonicorn" - an 825-hp 1965 Ford Mustang coupe fitted with all-wheel drive. BELIEVE IT.

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Ken Block Gets Wild in the Streets of L.A. in Gymkhana 7 (W/Video)

New Super Lap Record

It's been a couple years, but a new overall Buttonwillow Raceway CW13 time attack record was set on our watch, the 2014 Super Lap Battle x GTA finale, by a familiar combo, Jeff Westphal in the Unlimited AWD class GST Motorsports Subaru GST-L. The 1:38.967 broke the record set in 2012 by the FXMD NSX with Billy Johnson at the helm by 1.4-seconds.

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2014 Super Lap Battle x Global Time Attack - Results & Gallery

Transitional Year

The phrase is applied to teams going through change, and if we were a sporting group, 2014 was definitely a rebuilding year for us. Due to the shifting media landscape, we shut down print operations of Import Tuner, Honda Tuning and Modified, but found a way to keep Import Tuner and Honda Tuning alive online. Our Super Site - - launched in November to showcase our new web presence across several brands, but our crowning achievements this year would be our videos and remarkable followings on social media, none more robust than Super Street's 3-million likers on Facebook. Thanks, everyone!

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