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Hate it or love it, the newest generation Subaru STI fueled a fire storm of mixed emotions among import enthusiasts. Some shy away from the idea of a performance wagon while others relish the newest Scooby. The flared fenders, redesigned chassis, power increase and other refinements have the zealots exclaiming this is the best STI yet. When Brian Wong saw the photos of the 2008 STI on the net he was skeptical at first. An owner of a 2003 WRX at the time, Brian wasn’t sure how the 5-door would stack up to its older sedan siblings. However, seeing the…

Not everyone with a healthy income and a car collection can claim to be a true enthusiast. A respectable few, including Jay Leno, David Letterman, CJ Wilson, and the late Paul Walker have significant car collections that are not simply museum pieces; they see use and abuse, just as they were originally intended. One of the latest to join this fraternity of legitimate car guys is Adam Carolla. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Aaron Eusebi and courtesy of Bob Sharp and Adam Carolla Sunny Days In 1975, the Datsun 200SX was released in the USA. Designed to compete…

Make no mistake that the jury is still out on drifting. Despite a great deal of press and manufacturer support, the future of the “sport” remains uncertain. While drift series may currently be in the headlines, the reality is that import drag racing is still the number one motorsport for our import culture according to two separate surveys. So why is there a dedicated drift car on the cover of DSport? Rest assured that we’re not just latecomers on the drifting wagon. Our attention was peaked when we learned of the story behind this car. If you are a fan…

Fans of drivelines are just as dedicated as fans of brands. Whether it’s front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, each offers a compelling argument. Our own Jeren Walker may own a 550hp 240SX, but his eyes light up when the conversation migrates to front-wheel drive and drag racing; he really lives for the rush of torque steer. Similarly, for Joey Vittorio, the enthusiasm and passion lies with all-wheel drive. “I’ve always loved all-wheel drive cars and forced induction, especially Mitsubishi’s Evolution. The 4G63 engines are legendary. To me, there is no other four-cylinder engine capable of performing as well…

Some ask, “why? while others ask, ”Why not?” While there are those who have paved the way with parts combinations that have been tested and proven, there are others who explore unconventional solutions to achieve the same results or better. Sometimes a builder chooses the less popular conventions to see what happens. Others assemble a car using off the wall components just to prove that it can be done. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Why Not? In the case of Force-Fed Performance, owner Justin Miller wanted to demonstrate that there was more than one recipe for a high-powered street…

“Don’t go too far” is one of the first rules that any child hears. Of course, no child ever listens. Instead, they often have to learn that and every other lesson for themselves. In the case of Dana Westover of Las Vegas, Nevada, his 7-second race-only Supra is the epitome of taking things too far. This 1,300-horsepower, two-speed automatic, drag-only Supra only sees action when its slugging it out on the dragstrip. Once a killer streetcar, that Supra went too far to remain streetable. Text and Photos by Michael Ferrara Extreme Reliability When Dana came across this 1995 Supra, his…

“Blinging” show cars usually have every dress-up component under the sun but offer the same amount of performance as a bone-stock vehicle. On the flip side, cars built with a horsepower focus can pull away from an opponent at a stop-light encounter, but won’t have the eye-catching looks that gain admirers. Striking a balance between looks and performance has become more and more common, as enthusiasts invest their time and money to blend performance with presentation. Jorge Lopez used to own a highly-modified 350Z that hardly rarely earned a second glance despite its ability to pull away from most contenders.…

The racetrack is the common factor shared by practically all motorsports and serves as the proving grounds for all things high performance. Track testing also functions as the laboratory for performance parts development. Participation and involvement unite the manufacturers, tuners and consumers in our industry and no one knows this better than David Norton of S.P.E.C. Clutches. SPEC Clutches was born of a need for attainable driveline performance products. Norton and much of his staff at SPEC Clutches not only develop and manufacture clutch products, they also track the products they produce. When Norton purchased this 1995 Nissan 240SX in…

When Edwin Diaz needed something withfour doors to replace his heavily-modified RX-7 project, he turned to one of the most potent import performance sedans on the planet, the EVO X. “I needed a 4-door family car that was comfortable enough to take my daughter Bella anywhere without any reliability issues,” he remarked. Diaz decided the turbocharged 4B11T engine mated to Mitsubishi’s smooth-shifting Twin Clutch Sporttronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) was the answer to his daily family-transportation question. Text by Arnold Eugenio // Photos by Richard Fong Looking the Part After replacing the modified RX-7 with the 2008 EVO MR here, Diaz…

The pursuit of perfect is a never-ending race. Street enthusiasts dream of driving sleek machines that do it all: high-speed cornering, lightning-quick throttle response and blindingly-fast top speeds. In one word “supercar.” The NSX is often hailed as a supercar for its exceptional degree of balance. Unfortunately, balance without boost can eventually get pretty boring. However, making big power with a forced-induction system that sacrifices response can throw the balance of the NSX out the window. This is a reality that has convinced many NSX owners to keep the vehicle naturally-aspirated. Fortunately, even tough problems often have a solution. In…

Motorsports showcase the technological prowess of the competing manufacturers, and Subaru’s efforts and achievements in the World Rally Championship have earned the company a loyal following. The Impreza caught Aaron Wells’ attention as he watched Colin McRae and then Petter Solberg represent Subaru on WRC podiums in the 90s and into 2000. When Subaru announced the release of the WRX in America in 2001, Wells put his deposit down. After taking delivery, he invested into his WRX with a goal of making it just like an STi. This brought him temporary satisfaction until Subaru announced the release of the STi…

There’s no denying a streetcar the respect it deserves when it performs as good as it appears. That being said, it’s not uncommon to see a show car equipped with high-end competition components and a dyno sheet to validate its potential. But in order to preserve the appearance and to keep cleaning to a minimum between shows, these machines rarely hit the track or street. But for those that build their cars to drive, wear and tear be damned if it stops them from really putting their ride to the test on the street, strip or road course. Text and…

The Nissan Skyline GT-R is one of the most desirable Japanese supercars. Unfortunately, most people will never own a Skyline or get a chance to drive one. It’s a damn shame. Nissan’s RB26DETT twin-turbo inline-six-cylinder powerplant is a dream to drive. With exhaust and minor tuning, making 400- flywheel horsepower comes easy. In addition to the GT-R variation, the Skyline is also available in GT-S trim. Unlike the GT-R’s all-wheel-drive arrangement, the GT-S is set up in a front-engine,rear-wheel-drive configuration. The engine is also a bit different. The GT-S receives the single turbo RB25DET in place of the GT-R’s RB26DETT.…

Many import performance enthusiasts are familiar with the “DSM”moniker, referring to a joint venture between Mitsubishi Motors of Japan and Chrysler Corporation here in the United States. The performance coupes produced by this venture collectively earned the DSM nickname, derived from the diamond logo of Mitsubishi Motors and the five-point star of Chrysler Corporation. What many enthusiasts don’t realize is that the cooperative relationship extends further back than the official DSMs produced in the late Eighties. In 1983, the platform that some believe was the precursor to the Talons, Eclipses and Lasers was born. It, too, was eventually given a…

Creation and creativity sound similar but are not the same. The skill to create versus the gift of creativity come from opposite sides of the spectrum, but with a balance of both the possibilities become boundless. In the realm of high-performance cars, boundlessness is essential for extracting every ounce of potential. When the foundation is the Toyota Supra MKIV, boundlessness takes on a whole new meaning. By Richard Fong // Photos by Michael Ferrara Despite numerous changes to the engine bay, the cockpit remained largely stock, with the exception of a rare TRD 10,000 RPM Tachometer and Auto Meter gauges.…

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