As long as there have been cars, people have been modifying their favorite models to get the most out of them. Stock compact sports cars are becoming more and more popular with the average driver, but even with the fantastic power that they’re able to produce, sometimes you want a little bit more. If you’re looking for something new to add to your garage, you’ve come to the right place — we’ve gathered the five best cars for tuning and modifying for your viewing pleasure.
It went from the Golf to the Rabbit and now back to the Golf. If you’re looking for a modding project with a great community to answer your questions and back you up, look no further than the Volkswagen GTI. This fierce little German car is perfect for both performance and aesthetic modifications. Tune it up to get the most power possible, or just trick out the exterior and take advantage of the GTI’s already fantastic stock settings — either way, you’ll definitely be pleased.
The Honda Civic is one of the most popular passenger cars on the market today. It’s affordable, functional and has a great safety rating. It’s also one of the most popular cars to modify, simply because of the sheer number of aftermarket parts available for both body and engine. A quick Google search will show you everything you could possibly need to upgrade your Civic, whether you’re just planning a couple of basic performance upgrades or a total engine overhaul.
Like the Civic, the Acura Integra is one of the most common sports cars associated with modding. You don’t even have to shell out for one of the high-end GSR models to get a good sports car platform — even the stock models are a great starting point for a phenomenal modding experience. The Acura is another make with an involved mod-based community, so if you have questions about the best parts for your particular model, just search online.
Ford Focus RS
No one really looks twice at a Ford Focus — at least, they didn’t until the new RS hit the streets this year. It’s an astonishing feat of compact performance engineering but even with the great stock specs, there’s always room for a little improvement. For example: the RS is equipped with performance Brembo calipers, but standard rotors and pads? No, that just won’t do at all! Check out a video for some great modding ideas for the new RS.
Small and sporty without a ton of extra room under the hood, the Mazda Miata is still great fun to modify. This ride is already fun to drive even without any extra modifications, but as with the Focus, there’s always room in the Miata for a few mods. The intake and exhaust, for example, can be upgraded to improve performance, and any suspension and sway bar upgrades will maximize the car’s handling.
Did we miss your favorite mdification platform? Let us know! While not all cars are created equal, it’s always great to hear what you’ve done with some of the more obscure models!