Unassuming 1993 Civic is 500 Horsepower Street and Strip Terror

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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.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth about Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive expert is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected]

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