Pumped up for a petrol head

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS - ASHWEN SINGH

HON­DAS are known in­ter­na­tion­ally for their ex­cep­tional build qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity.

The in­tro­duc­tion of VTEC tech­nol­ogy (Vari­able Valve Tim­ing and Lift Elec­tronic Con­trol Sys­tem) trans­formed the brand, and the newer higher pow­ered VTEC en­gines carved out a place among “petrol heads”.

Grevolin Kan­gan, 27, is a “petrol head” from Chatsworth, a boil­er­maker whose hob­bies in­clude car shows and work­ing on his car.

“It’s only cars!” said Kan­gan when asked about his in­ter­ests.

Specif­i­cally, his awe­some Honda Civic 150i.

Kan­gan’s Civic boasts a sig­nif­i­cant up­grade set-up, with a retro­fit­ted im­ported Honda’s D15B 1500 fuel-in­jected VTEC power plant re­plac­ing the cars fac­tory-fit­ted NON-VTEC ver­sion, fur­ther en­hanced by a 50mm into 57mm per­for­mance ex­haust sys­tem in­stal­la­tion, and the fit­ment of a Dick­ta­tor en­gine man­age­ment sys­tem.

Ex­te­rior cus­tomi­sa­tions in­clude a cus­tom paint job, a Mu­gen front lip, rear spoiler and Mu­gen valve caps.

Then there’s a pair of fog lamps, a We­basto tilt and slide sun­roof, plus a mil­len­nium facelift spec front bumper and grill. In­side are cus­tomised Re­caro front seats, an im­ported crys­tal gear knob, a roll cage and a quick-re­lease Boss kit steer­ing sys­tem, “for­mula one style”. This al­lows the car’s steer­ing to eas­ily de­tach and be quickly re­fit­ted when en­ter­ing or alight­ing.

Kan­gan’s Honda flaunts a cool air sus­pen­sion set-up, and cus­tom-painted “Project DS Lenzo” mag wheels. And the Pi­o­neer sound sys­tem is awe­some.

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