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I too love Q Cars. Give me the hidden pleasures of a performance car in a normal body. 116 71.17%
You need to look fast & go fast & therefore I like both engine & body mods. 37 22.70%
Body mods are most important - that'll scare 'em off. Besides, yeh engine-vinjin kya hai? 2 1.23%
What on earth are you talking about??!! 8 4.91%
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Old 10th January 2007, 01:03   #1
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Hello folks.

Been thinking about the way I see cars & external body mods for ages, & thought it would be nice to know how many others shared the sentiment as well.

I love 'Q' cars. I've loved them for a long time.
  • What's a 'Q' car?

    Q-cars are regular understated sedans or coupes with high performance modifications for the engine, suspension &/or braking systems, yet have barely discernible signs of their underlying performance anywhere on the body. They're also known as 'sleepers'.

    The 'Q' in the Q Car comes from quiet or questionable, being the basic nature of the ride. They very rarely (or never) have any external body modifications.

    Owners of Q Cars today often shell out large amounts of time & money on performance mods, yet absolutely refuse to do anything about the exterior look of the car primarily due to reasons of personal taste & stealth.

    Since the visible differences between a Q-car and its less potent siblings are slight, the owner fails to make the same impression that a 'louder' design or externally accessorised car would make. As such, the Q-car plays to a limited market of somewhat wealthy driving enthusiasts who wish for a practical high-performance car but care little for the attention (positive or negative) that a purpose designed sports car brings.

    To know more: (The Q Car - Wikipedia)
Don't flame me.
I personally don't much care for wings, spoilers, side-skirts, air-dams, coffee-grinders, scissor doors, fat exhaust end-pipes, neon lighting, singing door-pads, non-round steering wheels, decals & loud paint jobs - I think they're in poor taste. Excessive OTT ICE installations (64 DVC Subs, 44 Amps, 4 H/Us, custom install pods for everything & speakers everywhere) also get to me. And yes, anything from DC.

Keep it clean, brothas.
What I do like are the clean body lines of the original car. A great paint & wax job, understated alloys with wide tyres, an understated exhaust tip, paint accents & highlights for areas that give more depth to the original lines, a light sun film, a neat clean & well detailed interior. Under that should be a beast with the works - a well tuned highly souped up engine, suspension, chassis & brake mods - the best you can afford.

Heeheehee.
My old M1000 used to be that way. When viper dropped in his modded Esteem engine (slight overbore, ported & polished heads, lightened flywheel, 4 coil ignition system, FFE) into my old rusted beat up body, the laughs I got were fabulous. I used love the looks on those body-kit boys in much better cars when they ate my dirt!

And the awardees are...
This may be a short list, but of the cars I've seen owned by T-BHPians, the ones from viper (Getz), Boom Shiva (Optra), & Ford Rocam (City) really make me happy. You can also have a look at my Lancer to know what I think really rocks .

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Old 10th January 2007, 01:22   #2
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I love Q-cars too!! Infact I too abhor any body or cosmetic mods unless really necessary, which they are not in most situations. Only weakness I have is for Loud exhausts!

Also one of my all-time favourites is the first "Q"-car of them all the E28 M5
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Old 10th January 2007, 01:28   #3
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1 more nominee should be the 01' baleno of baleno power...clean car..good set of alloys...awesome tires ..and a beast down under, sounds awesome too above 3500.
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Old 10th January 2007, 01:38   #4
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I love Q!
The money saved from those unwanted spoiler should be put into better brake kits and intakes.
I like to add some not visible visual attractions like subtle neon lighting, good, sporty upholstery etc...

And does having a good sounding ICE make a car non Q? C'mon!
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Old 10th January 2007, 01:45   #5
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... I like to add some not visible visual attractions like subtle neon lighting, good, sporty upholstery etc...

And does having a good sounding ICE make a car non Q? C'mon!
C'mon yourself Zak - don't get me wrong. It's great to have a fabulous sounding system in the car, but the key word should be it's visibility - the lack of it! Have your DVC Subs, amps, whatever, but out of the line of sight.

Also, I personally don't care much for neons, but yes, if they work for you then great!
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not visible visual attractions
good one there.

i mean, how can you be .. naah, fogget it, i won't even try to explain. ROTFL.
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voted for "You need to look fast & go fast & therefore I like both engine & body mods." although i biased towards engine mods.
Still waiting for approval from my family to go ahead with mods on my 1.6 Ikon, starting with a full exhaust system (and ofcourse a K&N). What a pleasure it will be, shocking other sedans with my 'normal' looking Ikon
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corolla is a great example mine is wid a catbcak and an intake
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Old 10th January 2007, 04:14   #9
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hey everyone !! ..i loveeeee Q cars...
i remmember once removing the M badge from my cousins m3 and putting a stock 3.25 badge on..
the kicks we got were simply amazing
so yeah .. that was the time i cought the Q car Bug meself too ..
way to go elf bro.. lovely thread
big boom everyone
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UNderstated elegance suits GT's, for tuners car you need show to gel with the go.
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Oh thats the name for it huh...Sleepers...or Q-cars...Just love them!!...
Well A nice Black car with some bling bling alloys..Decent tints....nd a Beast under the hood....PERFECT for me!!!!.....of course some decent ICE too!!..
by the way...Ford_Rocam..LOve your ride man!!!...A Sleeper for sure!!..
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Q Cars have the additional advantage that nobody in your family need to know how much modded they are :-)
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Old 10th January 2007, 09:38   #13
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I do like to add a discrete hint of menace to a Q car - wide wheels, small rear spoiler, lower suspension
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Old 10th January 2007, 09:41   #14
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At first I thought you were talking about cars made by the gadget king in James Bond.. "Q"...which btw I love... maybe not the BMW's but then thats just me....
BUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
Then I saw ELF's name under the heading.. and it was all clear then..
Q CAR FOR ME ANYDAY BROTHA!
ps.. ELF you forgot about me in that list of "sleepers" you put in your post.. I'm REALLY HURT now!!!

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nobody in your family need to know how much modded they are :-)

Hi,

You stole the words out of my mouth man. My wife would freak out if she ever knew the amt of money that went into any of the previous cars I owned. I dont know if any of you have experienced this but it is damn difficult to keep coming up with excuses each time you need to take the car to a garage to get some mods done.

I think someone should come up with a list of excuses one can give to /wives family members on why the car needs to visit the garage ever so often

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