The car community all around the globe gies crazy about tuning. Primarily, cars are meant to take people from one place to another. But for enthusiasts high performance, thrill drive is what they crave for. It definitely feels great to say ‘Built not bought’ but budget is a major concern. Working on a project car cost you both money and time it’s vital the cars he works on are affordable. Here we have mentioned top 7 inexpensive cars best for tuners. This listed cars have unlimited tuning potential and most importantly are cheap to do your handiwork on.
1. BMW E60 M5
This car has a Naturally Aspirated engine with huge 500 horsepower out of factory for CHEAP. The E60 M5 has a lot of tuning potential, thanks to its naturally aspirated V10 which is inspired by an F1 car engine. The 5 litre V10 revs all the way to an insane 8250 rpm redline which leaves us plenty of room to make power. If you want to stay in naturally asirated, you can throw a stroker kit from Dinan which bores that 5litre V10 all the way upto 8 litre V10 and will take the horsepower form 500 to upto 630. You can also add a Turbo or Supercharger for more power, however, its rod bearing issues can plague the motor.
2. Ford Focus ST
Starting with mere 252 horses, the 2 litre turbo 4 cylinder doesn’t pack that much power. But, with just a tune, you can up the number by roughly 50 horses before any modifications. Then, you can add a bigger Turbo and crank up that boost and you will get one front heel drive shredder. However, unlike the BMW E60 M5, Focus ST is been known to be a reliable car. So, if something gets wrong, it can be serviced for cheap at your local ford dealer. Moreover, if you want to unlock and push the power to its full limits, these motors can go upto a huge 1000 horsepower if combined with a proper drivetrain mods. Thanks to its well balanced chassis and smooth shift in six speed manual. The Focus will also cost the half of M5 that is around 7500 bucks.
3. Audi S4
Unlike Focus ST, the Audi S4 would handle the power and speed more incredibly on both roads and the snow. The B5 sedans are one of the best sedans to come out of Germany and thanks in part to its small structure paired with a quattro system, it handles the power so well. However, here the star of the show is the power plant, Audi firstly added a 2.8 litre V6, then they added not one but two Turbos. But the developers wanted to over engineer this engine so they actually de-stroke the motor, took it from a 2.8 litre to 2.7 and thickened the block, so it’d be able to handle the boost. So, to the tuner, this is delightful, because this new 2.7 litre is able to hold much more power. With a stock block and just bugger turbos, 500 plus wheel horsepower is guaranteed. But, you can picku a b5 S4 for cheap because well you’re only going to spend 7500 bucks. A b5 S4 wagon will cost a double what a sedan costs. However, the only problem is reliability issues also plague these cars.
4. Chevy Cobalt SS
The Cobalt SS might not be the most exciting car, sporting only 205 horses from the factory. There is a lot more that can be done to up that number. From the factory, GM’s Ecotec engine comes with a root supercharger strapped onto its front. However, you can go up to 1000 horsepower with a turbo swap or more if you just boost it. The Ecotec engine in the cobalt holds the world record for the fastest four-cylinder on the drag strip. It is recorded to e faster than Buggati, Koenigsegg, Ferraris. All from a car that costs only 4500 bucks.
5. Mercedes E55 AMG
The Chevy Cobalt SS is a comparison to the beast that the Mercedes e55 AMG is. From the factory, the AMG has a 5.4 litre supercharged engine with 475 horsepower and 520 foot pounds of torque. All with a wood trim, Heated seats and other luxuries that other cars on this list wouldn’t offer ever. You can get a AMG for less than 10,000 dollars, and unlike the M5 mentioned earlier, the AMG is built to last long.
6. Dodge Neon SRT4
In stock these aren’t pushing much, but, if you inject a turbo, it would be a much different story. If built properly, these Neon SRT4’s will do an under 8 second quarter mile. And, if tuned for top speed, these can hit over 230 mph. So, its fair to say, these things can scoot, with a bit of time, patience and parts paired with a proper tune. The SRT$ is available within 10,000 dollars, and can be very tough to beat.
These Mazda’s are known for the speed, throw some mods on its 2.3 litre turbo 4 and you can take it from mild to wild. The stock Mazdaspeed3 pushes out 263 horsepower, however, after adding some bolts on, you will look at around 400 or 500 wheel horsepower. Build the block and crank the boost for some thousand power fun. However, you will need to be careful as you will be doing more steering with the gas pedal than you will with the actual steering wheel. Moreover, this hatchback is available for just less than 6000 bucks.
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