Best 8 Tuneable Sleeper Cars
There’s something very satisfying about driving a ‘regular’ car that can leave more exotic machinery for dead. The generic terms are sleeper, Q-car or wolf in sheep’s clothing, but there are actually several different levels of sleeper. From cars that look pretty rubbish, but are very fast, to good looking performance cars that have much more grunt than your average Ferrari driver would expect, they all share one thing in common – lots of potential power!
We’ve put together eight of our favourite sleepers in terms of their tuning potential and how far under the radar they go. As with all sleepers, the main focus is in having fun and not taking life too seriously, something which should be applauded in our book. Also bear in mind these are only guide categories; there’s nothing to say you can’t combine a couple to create your own sleeper. Read on to be inspired…
Level 1 – The boggo version
This is the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing, a totally standard looking base model car with a big engine. Tricks include fitting lower spec bumpers, painting brake calipers and intercoolers black, and hiding exhausts under the car.
Level 2 – The performance model
The next level is a car that’s obviously a performance model, but you wouldn’t expect it to be as fast as it is. So it still looks cool as standard, but not over the top. For example the Fiat Coupe Turbo – most people will know it’s the quick version, but nobody would expect it to be a 500bhp+ monster.
Level 3 – The unknown
These are the oddballs that most people don’t know anything about. Cars like the Mitsubishi RVR are so far under the radar, even people into cars will struggle to get their head around them. You can do pretty much whatever you want to it, but most people won’t take it seriously – until you leave them for dead that is!
Level 4 – The fake
These are cars deliberately done up to look like they’ve been badly modified, but underneath, they’re actually very well tuned. The thinking here is that drivers of posh cars will look down on them, then get a hell of a shock when they try and out accelerate them. Most fun at track days with lots of exotic machinery to embarrass!