Ultimate Japanese Sleeper!

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Ok, I had this kiler idea to take a 1989 Toyota Corolla DX, and swap in the engine and transmisson from a new 2006 Mazdaspeed6 which makes 274 hp, 280 lb-ft torque. You wouldnt even really need to mod this engine, and if you want to bump the hp up a bit, just swap in a K&N high flow filter, and move the turbos psi up. :hi: What do you guys think? Good idea or what? :mrgreen:

posted by  SlipKnoT

What happened to the Saturn :laughing:

posted by  99integra

Awful idea.

A. The swap would be incredibly hard knowing nobody has ever mated a new 2.3T MAzda engine with an old Toyota.

B. You would definatley have to beef up the stock FWD tranny that the non turbo 2.3 Mazda 6 uses for use, and again, a bunch of fabrication involved.

C. The power would be too much for the front wheels of a 2200lb corolla.

D. Availablility of the new 2.3T is well, non-exsistent.

E. Cost, with all the fabrication and other labor/parts costs...you're looking at something over the $10,000 range.

and finally...

F. With all the time/effort/money thrown into that, all you have is an old Corolla DX with a lot of power to the front wheels. That cant outhandle or accelerate a cheaper stock Z32 300ZXTT.

posted by  thunderbird1100

It's a pretty good idea, but as thunderbird1100 said, very expensive...Go to a junkyard and get an 89 Corolla DX, but instead of the Mazdaspeed, get some other engine actually available there, and put it in, just to see if it would happen :thumbs: :laughing: :laughing:

posted by  chris_knows

I'd rather stick in a 4AGZE or a 20V with the 6 speed box from an AE111 front clip.

posted by  fudge

Ok thunderbird, there are a couple of things I dont agree with there....

1. You said that it would be too much power to the front wheels for a 2200lb car.

To me thats like saying a drag modified CRX has to much horsepower. I could modify it for that if I needed to and beef up the front end for that kind of power. I would just need to find a front axle and transmission that can handle substantial amounts of power.

2. The way I see it, is that I could go one of 2 ways with this car. I could turn it into a drag car, or I could use it as a road track racer. If I was to modify it for road racing, Im pretty sure that that big ol' 300ZXTT wouldnt be able to keep up with a little Toyota Corolla with 274hp that weighs under 2000lbs.

posted by  SlipKnoT

If any of you watch Hot Version American Touge you'll see that a 220hp Civic(EG) can lap around the Horse Thief Mile course at Willow springs faster than a 400hp NSX.

posted by  fudge

You can take away the too much power for the front wheels but then you add in something else in its place. MORE money spent in making the vehicle setup right to handle the power... You're talking new suspension, new front axle with LSD etc...

As for your #2, you sure could, but then again there goes even MORE money into this project. No one in their right mind would spend $15k-$20k on making an '89 corolla into a high performance vehicle, espeically knowing it would still only perform with a lot of high performance vehicles that havent been touched with modifications.

Point is, this is just a very VERY bad and dumb idea. No matter what way you slice the bread.

posted by  thunderbird1100

I think something along the lines of what slipknot said could be a good idea. Remeber thunderbird, this is supposed to be a sleeper. A 300ZX wouldn't really be considered a sleeper. And I don't think an 89 corolla would seem like a fast car to people, so the idea works.

posted by  Accord_Man

My 300ZXTT is quite a sleeper by most people. ONly mods on the outside that give it away are the lower stance and Volk wheels. No body mods. But yet the engine sure is huffing along with at least 400 crank hp.

Why spend that much money on such a POS car just to make it what you define as a "Sleeper"?

posted by  thunderbird1100

Too much power too the front would shaft you hard.

posted by  Spencer

personally, i think that the best sleeper would be a '94 Hyundai excel with a worked 4G63T in it, they can produce extreme power level's, the car's are under-rated and they're fairly light.

also, they have a fairly good concept for a race car, suprisingly, korea made an exceptional vehicle for cheap fun.

posted by  HyundaGuy

Im just not a big fan of Korean cars. What about a 1978 Toyota Celica with a TT Supra engine? :hi:

posted by  SlipKnoT

what about a toyota 2000gt with a twin turbo 1uzfe?

posted by  HyundaGuy

at first i was thinking AE86 with 20v but im not sure you guys want that. try some mitsi ummm *thinks of mitsubishi that aint overrated* ummm an old lancer?

posted by  ahoo

How about a mid engined Lexus V8 powered Toyota Corolla DX whilst using rear axle and transmission from a Mk2 MR-2?

posted by  fudge

How about YES! :thumbs:

Except Id use a newer Corolla for that project though.

posted by  SlipKnoT

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