ENGINE: Honda K24A, 2400cc, four cylinder BLOCK: Factory HEAD: K24A RBB head, Buddy Club TI retainer/springs, SVM camshafts INTAKE: RBC manifold, S90 70mm throttle body EXHAUST: 4-into-1 headers, 2.5-inch stainless system, looped mufflers FUEL: ID1000 injectors, Bosch 044, AEM FPR, K-Tuned fuel rail, custom fuel cell IGNITION: Factory ECU: AEM Series 2 COOLING: SW20 alloy radiator EXTRA: Custom oil catch can, breather tank
We live in a wild time, a time when lines are blurred more than ever before, when a motoring icon can be redefined, rejuvenated, and reimagined by just a few clicks of a button on a keyboard. Then, thanks to the wonders of modern logistics, a few weeks later, boxes of wizardry will appear on your doorstep, all arriving from the far corners of the globe to transform your 1974 Morris Mini into a 4WD monster. This simple process was enough to convince Jtune staffer Peter Wu not to purchase the Viper he’d initially wanted, but instead to build something quite literally out of the box.
“Anyone can have a Viper, but no one here has a 4WD K24powered Mini,” he explained.
Although his decision might seem a little off to most, when you consider that the MTK kit transforms the humble Mini into something that would hold its own against the American supercar, you can definitely see Peter’s side of the argument.
The MTK kit is available in both FWD and 4WD versions, and Peter went straight in the deep end and ordered both the front and rear tubular subframes, which replace the 1970s suspension — basically, rubber bump stops and shocks — with adjustable tubular A-arms, QA1 coilovers, and a fully adjustable rear end based on an MX-5. It’s effectively a 4WD Honda CR-V shoehorned into the frame of a Mini, with the adjustability to rival any track car.
If you have ever pedalled a Mini, you will understand the potency such a combination promises. Add to that the capacity increase from 1000 to 2400cc, and things really start to get interesting.
But the supposed easy installation of this bolt-in kit wasn’t all smooth sailing— the engine mounts didn’t seem to work. Peter