Unassuming 1993 Civic is 500 Horsepower Street and Strip Terror
EG Civic hatch looks like any other Civic, destroys Vipers and quarter-mile times in its spare time.
Old-school Civics are fun to build into something cool. Some take them drag racing, some drift them around the corners, and some opt to just be fast and furious. But what if you built a Civic that, on the outside, looked like every other Civic with untapped potential commuting to the office park, but had the guts on the inside to smoke every challenger next to it?
YouTube channel That Racing Channel found such an example hanging out in the warm Florida sun not too long ago, and it’s definitely a wolf in sheep’s clothing, thanks to its 1.5-liter D15B VTEC putting out 550 horses through the front wheels.
Owned by Instagrammer turbokenny87 for 14 years (his brother had it for three to four years prior), the Civic’s secret power includes a CNC-ported D15 head, a big Precision 6262 turbo paired with a “3-inch eBay intercooler,” and E85 running in its veins. Meanwhile, the stock transmission has never been opened. As Kenny says later in the video, the Civic as a platform is so cheap to build that he could “build this whole car, including buying the car, for $5,000, the whole thing.” Talk about a bang for your buck.
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In the middle of going over the specs of this hardcore Civic, a red Dodge Viper GTS appeared in Kenny’s side view mirror. The Viper, of course, is nothing to sneeze at, which makes it all the more satisfying when the EG hatch blows past the V10-powered snake shortly after letting it pass by. The Viper’s owner could only ask what was in the Civic, to which the host says, “Just a little 1.5-liter.” The car also makes short work of a yet another Viper, as well as a Skyline R32, its turbo whistling and blowing off pressure down the road.
When not chasing down Vipers and Skylines, Kenny takes his sleeper Civic to the strip, where he’s recorded a personal best of 10.5 seconds at 140 mph. We don’t know how his laptop doesn’t go flying in the stripped back end of the hot hatch during those runs, but we do know Kenny wants to take things up to the next level in order to “get as close to 9 [seconds] as possible.” So, the next time you’re in south Florida, and a plain-looking white Civic hatch rolls by, think twice before challenging it; it just might be this beast.