This is the fastest stock 4 cylinder pickup out there, and does not cost a fortune to make it faster.
The stock air intake assembly is extremely restrictive and must be replaced for performance's sake.
The shifter has a rather long throw, but the gearing is perfect for the engine's abilities.
The engine loves to be pushed to its red line, but it wears down oil in under 2,000 miles.
The vehicle is very light and has a low center of gravity, which allows it to handle very well, but it's no sportscar.
The lack of power steering really adds to the road feel, and the driver feels very connected to the road when driving this truck.
Aftermarket parts are hard to come by, but performance parts can be taken from an Eclipse, such as headers and turbo.
The MAF sensor can be taken from a 3000GT for added performance.
Stability and acceleration are greatly reduced on wet roads, and it's very easy to fishtail.
This truck, lightly modified, will beat a stock Mustang away from a red light (yes, it can. I have, many times).