Saturday, March 29, 2014

5k: Mistu Power: 1994 Hyundai Elantra 4G63 Swap

What's a Hyundai Elantra doing on this website? Good question. Let's answer it with another question: What's a sleeper? Is it a Dodge Dart wagon with a 426 Hemi in it? Or a SBC-powered Volvo 240? Consider your internal definition permanently readjusted by this unassuming gray FWD econobox... with about 321 turbocharged reasons to keep reading. Find this 4G63-swapped 1994 Hyundai Elantra for $4,200 in Seattle, WA.  Words by DT contributor slowcarSLOW-MPGlol.

 The 4G63 is a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder used in a slew of cars in the last few decades, from the Mitsubishi Eclipse and its DSM variants to Evos I through IX. That bodes well for tuners seeking big power and a bigger aftermarket for otherwise anonymous commuter heaps. We've recently featured a 4G63-swapped Mitsubishi Mirage, but this one looks like it underwent a more thorough build (including dyno time) to handle its whopping 321 horsepower. Everything is there minus an AWD conversion, which should be an easy conversion with OEM Mitsubishi parts. It's the logical next step in getting all that power to the tarmac.

Evo and Eclipse commonality offers more parts than the Elantra aftermarket (if such a thing exists). Even the English Racing Hotpipe, which sounds like something you would smoke Earl Grey-flavored tobacco out of, is in fact intercooler piping that's been proven by 9-second Eclipses. The exterior is stock minus the mismatching front trim piece and universal-lug wheels that betray its sleeper status. Serious inquirers should ask about the suspension first, as the raked stance could be attributed to stock Elantra suspension compressing under the load of the heavier engine.

As a GLS version, this Hyundai's power equipment, cruise control, and unique oxblood color make the cabin bearable. It's yet another swap without air conditioning or power steering, although the seller says that fix is just a pump away. This could be a fun daily driver for the socially reserved hoon. Or you could shock F-body owners at the track as its linear torque curve takes you to the limits of its 140-mph speedometer.  

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slowcarSLOW-MPGlol knows how many licks it takes to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop, and he's not telling. As someone with a B+ blood type, he considers himself an optimist. Unless it has structural rust.  


  1. Not that this particular brand of tea was in danger of filling my cup, the sleeper always excites and intrigues me to almost/just about/very nearly hitting the digits. That is, until reading that the AC is non-op. That is the very definition of a deal breaker in SoFla. SoSad for me.

  2. I was walking along a quiet road a couple of summers ago when I heard off in the distance a mighty mean sounding 4-cylinder. When the car swept by me, it turned out to be a fully customized Daewoo Lanos 3-door that was clearly set up for racing (or to have the appearance that it might possibly). I should have taken a picture of it. White with huge wheel flares, it was much wilder than the one pictured below.


    1. Son of a gun. Sorry for the image size! That was lame-o of me.

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