Honda should have a sporty Fit in its lineup. Since the company won't make one, I will. Granted, the Civic Type R engine will probably be way too powerful for the platform, but the utter driving insanity will be quite fun.
After all, if I can get ahold of the CTR engine for my dream Fit Type R, then I should be able to track down appropriate upgrades for the suspension and brakes. Those parts would make this steaming hot hatchback a much more usable ride.
- Chris Bruce
The first time I drove the Honda HR-V, I knew it needed a more powerful engine. Equipped with Honda’s fantastic short-throw shifter and a decent all-wheel-drive system, something like 200 horsepower would work wonders on the small SUV. But 300? Now we’re talking about a serious hot SUV to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke Nismo RS, the Mercedes-AMG GLA45, and others.
- Jeff Perez
Honda Civic Si (Sixth-Gen)
I've never been a big Civic hatchback fan, but the 1999 Si coupe is a future classic. No, it's not terribly imaginative to swap a Civic engine into another Civic, but I would rock a Type R-powered 1999 Si all day long. And with the combined cost of the car and the engine, it wouldn't even be that expensive. Come on Honda, let everyone by this engine.
- Chris Smith
Toyota MR2 Spyder
How can you not be excited by the sleek design of the final iteration (sold in the U.S. from 1999-2005) of Toyota's mid-engine sports car ? Well, perhaps you were less excited by its 1.8-liter engine, which dished out a puny 138 horsepower. Honda's turbo Type R terror to the rescue: already a transaxle design, it should surely (read: maybe, with lots of cutting and chopping) fit in place of the MR2's 1ZZ engine, more than doubling the car's output rating. And probably creating quite a lot of scary power-oversteer moments in the process.
- Jake Holmes
What better recipient of the glorious Type R turbo engine than Honda’s lightweight, rear-wheel-drive, topless S2000? That’ll give all those Mazdaspeed Miatas a run for their money. And hey, why not use the S2000 CR as the donor car? After all, it’s already fitted with a giant, Type R-appropriate wing.
- Steven Ewing
Honda HRX Lawn Mower
Honda mowers are known as the Lamborghinis of self-propelled, walk-behind grass cutters. Now that Honda, the automobile manufacturer, has its own crate motor, someone should swap it with the relatively anemic GCV190 engine on the top-of-the-line HRX217VKA model from Honda, the lawn equipment manufacturer.
The GCV190 produces 5.1 horsepower, which means the HRX, now dubbed the Type HRX, would see a gain of 301 horsepower. That’s more than enough power to keep those twin blades turning through the thickest blades of Kentucky Bluegrass. Turbo spool-up will be a problem, as the HRX’s top speed is a scant 4 mph, but if you lift the limiter and strap on your Asics, the rear-wheel-drive HRX should be able to do donuts around your neighbor’s Toro.
- John Neff