80s Love, intro and a few questions to the community
Hi, I'm Jarrod and new to this forum.
A few questions regarding i have towards aw11s and stuff of the like
A bit of an intro:
I watched a video from donut media called "everything you need to know about mr2s" along with some others to get some more knowledge on popular Japanese cars, i really took a liking to the aw11 mr2 and i sort of put it in the back of my mind. One day not to long after i watched a music video which i saw had a nice looking japanese car in it and realised it was the aw11 i took note of liking in the video. I've done a bit of research and i'm considering looking for one as a daily drive but firstly as a project car.
I currently own two cars being my 2004 BA MK2 Ford Fairmont and a 1988 Ford Mustang (v8) and i've begun to take alot more of an appreciation of small, 80s boxy, 80s aesthetic cars.
I'm young which also can also lead into naivity but i have a few dreams car-wise to accomplish:
To own a foxbody mustang, have a modded to a degree and decent horsepower daily driver, own a rotary engined car and to build a car from the bottom up.
My first one i have achieved and i love it~
My last three i'm kinda wanting to combine, an around 300hp rotary engined aw11 mr2 with t-tops in a particular colour.
The colour choice was going to be 8B8 Light blue metalic but realised they didn't come in a t-top, now i looked at the dark blue metalic colour also but like black it might be difficult to clean and maintain (which i do regularly), now i'm looking at one of the two tone selection, the black on silver or white on silver (because it has such an 80s aesthetic to it).
The engine i wanted to be a rotary as my father used to back in the day tinker with/drive and own all sorts of rotaries, pretty much anything with a rotor he's driven and i've taken a liking to the engine and the sound of a bridgeported rotary.
The choice of the aw11 was as i mentioned earlier but also because of how 80s it is, the boxy shape, two tone, t-tops and new branfangled technology, parts of this is what drew me into buying a foxbody mustang.
The choice of a full build from the ground up is to having a car which is reliable for daily use, custom to my precise liking and something that can teach me a thing or two about cars and how they're built.
That's my long intro~ I hope you can welcome me with open arms as i'm sure you would~
My questions i have to community is based around a question i posed to my father about (since he's driven everything you can poke a stick at over the years), i asked him what an aw11 is like to drive, his response, "oh those things, they handle like **** and look ugly"
I've read up to see "how they handled like ****" and apparently in stock form, they kinda do with a bit of snap oversteer driving them erratically into a corner correcting (braking or accelerating) and the body roll can be a bit meh apparently as well. As i mentioned to my father, "what car can't be corrected these days with new technology and a few upgrades?" since we've gone a long ways from the 80s and have access to stuff that can turn the dangerous and lackluster to the fast and the furious.
My 1st questions is: How is the handling and body mechanics when turning a corner (both hard and normally)? and how much of an improvement does a modded mr2 change this (strut bars, upgrade suspension, bigger tires, etc)
My 2nd question is: My father mentioned how things like this become an expensive task to have sunk $1000nds into it and get barely any return, for buying a runner with a **** paint job and disassembling it and upgrading stuff like the diff to an lsd, modding the suspension to a double wishbone set-up, new radiator, engine swap to a 13b injected and an all round upgrade of the suspension components, what would you think would be the cost of a build like this?
My 3rd question is: For t-top aw11s, well, i guess for t-tops in general, what are they like? Doesn't burn a hole through your head? I've never driven in one but i'm the kind of person for even a 32+ degree day to still have the windows down cruising on the highway but are unappealed by convertables for their ugly tops.
I'd love a mr2 aw11 as a daily as it'd sound nice (with a bridgeported 13b in it), share the 80s look with my mustang and will just be the perfect car to drive to work and back on weekdays in general~
P.S: Sorry about the engine bias, i'm sure the 4age in these are probably great engines but for me having driven and been around either 4L six cylinders, v8s and rotors, it's kinda hard to imagine driving something such as a 4 cylinder.
Again, i hope you welcome me with open arms and feel free to shoot me any questions and queries~
In this ad, the car is apparently
色グリーンmeaning "colour: green"
which it kinda looks in that light but in this pic:
it looks like a black on gold look
Does anyone have any pictures of a/their "green" or "black on gold" aw11 colour so i can better see the colour~
post edited by Overlord - 2018/12/19 16:37:52