I own a 97 RVR HSG nicknames “StormTrooper”, in fact it’s now my 2nd white on white HSG in the last 4 years. Liked them since I drove my friends HSG some years back.
I bought the first RVR from a bloke who had quite a few projects and needed to scale down. The car was cheap enough, told my partner (now my wife) I was going to have a quick look at an RVR and didn’t have any intention on buying it - two days later it was in the driveway.
180odd kms on the clock it was completely stock apart from exhaust, some suspension mods and Works Kai wheels, stereo and reverse camera. Good car, had noisy lifters as per normal.. we thoroughly enjoyed it as a bit of a daily - thirsty but good.
When I bought this car, the friend who had his 97 HSG was surprised I didn’t ask to buy his car.. I was suprised he would sell it after spending some decent coin on mods. Long story short.. I sold the first RVR and my kited/modified Honda CRX to buy my friends 97 RVR.
Why did I jump at it? Apart from helping a mate out who was getting pressure from his mrs about having too many cars, the car has had about 15k spent on the motor, has the porformance I like so it was worth it.
2.3L Tomei Stroker kit, 274 Cams, AEM Ecu - motor is build with arp bolts etc to handle 600hp.
RS*R Springs and I have since changed the woodgrain dash trim to stock, will install some sort of stereo, and AEM gauges. Running stock boost still it’s making we guess about 300hp which is plenty for the street and to use as a family car.
Edited by sinistr, 30 January 2019 - 02:30 AM.