What’s a DeathKart? It’s an S13 with a 1JZ heart, stripped of – well, hell pretty much everything, and transformed further into a dystopian zombie-killing drifting machine. The bare-naked build sprung from the mind of Mike Perez, a self proclaimed “Universal Soldier” at The Speed Warhouse in Pennsylvania, and its story leads off a list that seems to suggest 2017 was a year for WAY outside-the-box builds and feature cars.
There’s been so much hype under the bridge, it’s hard to believe the 2017 Civic Type R – the first ever sold by Honda to American customers – isn’t even technically a year old yet. The long road to this point reached a significant mile marker in March, when photos of the production version CTR broke cover and sparked all manner of chatter (Those body lines! That wing! And three tailpipes?!) Say what you will about its looks – after seat time in one recently, we can claim without equivocation it’s a road-ripping hot hatch any driving enthusiast will appreciate.
CarKeys.co.uk wondered what the modern counterparts of the cars from the original The Fast and the Furious would look like painted in the same liveries, so they created these wild renderings. Brian O'Connor's Mk4 Supra becomes the 2014 Toyota FT-1 concept, while the Mazda RX-Vision of 2015 is used as a stand-in for Dominic Toretto's Mazda RX-7. Also represented are Leon’s 1995 R33 Skyline GT-R, that car's yellow paint and weird flying knight decal on a modern R35 GT-R; Jesse's Volkswagen Jetta, updated to the latest Mark VI body style; and others.
What was it with you guys and nekid cars in 2017? These so-called “EXO” cars – one formerly an Integra, the other an MX-5 roadster – proved that even tuner folk like to let their freak flag fly. Not universally loved thanks in part to one poor review from one loudmouth YouTuber, we’re fans because of the creative new directions outfits like Krowrx in Alabama are taking customization.
If you’re a shop that’s going to call yourself JDM Legends, you better get it right, and this little oasis of 1970’s Japanese car rejuvenation in Utah does. This S30 they brought back to life sets the bar impossibly high and is nothing short of Z car perfection.
It’s not fast, it doesn’t corner like the dickens, it’s not something you would wanna track, in fact as far as compact crossovers go the brand-new C-HR is a pretty pedestrian machine on paper. In person, though, we – like many others – fell in love with the chopped and raked roof, aggressive shoulders and haunches, and dramatic nose. Ok, Toyota, you got the looks right; now let’s give this girl a little more “go” (and ditch the CVT!)
No, hell didn’t freeze over; your eyes do not deceive you, that’s an older style Mustang in pbskids, but this is no ordinary pony car. Just beneath the skin is the power- and drivetrains from an R35 GT-R, making this a (completely bonkers) 525hp twin-turbo V6, all-wheel drive Mustang.
Who knew there were so many Starion fans out there? We sure as heck didn’t, but you all apparently loved Mikie Sorrell’s perfectly executed ‘80s coupe, complete with 1JZ engine swap. It’s a sleeper with modern-day appeal, and something even the cool kids can appreciate.
A famous madman once said, “Upset the established order and everything becomes chaos.” We saw this when the Internet had a meltdown after seeing Brandon Wilbur’s turbo K20-swapped NSX (Gasp! Blasphemy!) But it makes perfect sense to us – Ks are a generation newer and have way more power potential (as this NA1’s nearly 1,000hp proves) than the car’s native C30 V6 ever did.
This was just one of a handful of articles we posted with spy shots of what is believed to be the next Supra mule, and you guys ate it right up. Since then, the Toyota FT-1 Concept offshoot – being developed alongside the next Z4 with BMW – has evolved, and the latest news seems to suggest it may not be called “Supra” after all, but nothing is set in stone. More importantly, enthusiasts seem poised to will this car into existence (take our money!!!), even if Toyota has other ideas.