One of our favorite automobile discussions is on the topic that how we’d like to see some tuned-up performance variants of some of our favorite production cars. This conversation normally contains talk of turbochargers, wheels, spoilers, body kits, Recaro seats, speeding tickets, and power sliding. It’s fun to dream, isn’t it?
Here is a list of some performance cars that we really wish would roll into our test fleet someday. Dreams can come true, after all. Scroll down the gallery below to see the compilation, and let me know of any performance cars you’d like to see, in the “Leave a Comment >>” section at the end of the post.
7. Honda Fit SI
The Honda Fit is one of the best small hatches available in the U.S., and the Civic Si is one of our favorite on-the-cheap sport coupes. Boost the Fit’s power by about 50 ponies, stiffen the chassis, and add Honda’s lovely six-speed manual gearbox and we’ll go out and buy one. Or seven.
6. Mercedes-Benz GLK63 AMG
As it stands, the GLK and GL are the only Benzes which don’t benefit from some sort of AMG treatment. (The R63 AMG doesn’t exist anymore, but it’s still in our hearts forever) The GL would be a bit much, but if Mercedes-Benz is comfortable with shoving the 6.2-liter V-8 into the ML crossover, we don’t see a reason why the smaller GLK’s performance volume shouldn’t be turned up to eleven.
5. Ford Fusion SVT
Remember the Contour SVT? After a decade of fine-tuning, Ford has quite the impressive Fusion on its hands right now — a perfect starting point for some Audi S4 battling.
3.5l EcoBoost + Fusion’s hood + All-wheel Drive = Let’s go, Amigo!
4. Suzuki SX4 Turbo
Suzuki has teased us with turbocharged SX4s before, and we know that there are plenty of tuner kits available in the aftermarket, but we’d like one right off the factory line that we can buy at our local dealership. We want to go all WRC-happy with it and race it down the side of a mountain.
3. Nissan Versa Nismo
The Honda Fit Si is going to need something to compete with, right? Here’s the easy answer, Nissan.
Sentra SE-R motor + Versa + stiff and aggressive Nismo body = We’re happy!
2. Mazda Speed5
Want to get the kids to soccer practice at an electronically limited speed of 155 mph? Then the Mazdaspeed5 would be a perfect addition to Mazda’s North American lineup.
1. Audi RS3
A fat chance – is that what you-re thinking? But hey, we can dream of the new supercharged V-6 being shoehorned into the A3 body, right? And even if Audi does roll out an RS3, ten bucks says that it won’t come to the States.
For now, we’ll just have to enjoy the limited-production MTM A3. What say, buddy?