Hearing Is Overrated Anyways: Enjoy This Hayabusa-Swapped Toyota Starlet’s Run Up A Hillclimb!


Hearing Is Overrated Anyways: Enjoy This Hayabusa-Swapped Toyota Starlet’s Run Up A Hillclimb!

172 horsepower seems pretty paltry, doesn’t it? We live in the age of 797 horsepower cars with payments if you can swing the bill and where 300 horsepower V6s could embarrass the ponycars of twenty-five years ago. Why would you look at any car that has less than 250 horsepower? Well, two reasons, really. One is for the sake of fuel economy in a smaller car. The other is a very small, very light car that has the ability to make the most out of such power. Case in point: a Toyota Starlet from the early-t0-mid 1980s. At their heaviest, they would tip the scales at 1,600 or so pounds. Nice and light…and fitted with engines that made 54 horsepower and 55 ft/lbs of torque from the factory. Okay, that just won’t do…

So you now have a nice, light car in need of a nice, compact but powerful engine. Two words, friends: “Suzuki Hayabusa”. This is where 172 horsepower suddenly becomes a bonus and not a loss. Shove ‘Busa engine into Starlet, make sure your suspension and brakes are up to par, patch the rust that these things inevitably sport, and ¬†once it’s ready, go enjoy your adult go-kart where you see fit. A lot of the import guys love to crow on about power-t0-weight performace. This combination proves why it’s worth studying. Plus, the shriek from the engine is more than enough to drown out haters.


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