emo Questions about the Alto Works RS/R

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17 Apr 2015 20:00 #24064

Firstly, hello! This is my first post here. I've been interested in kei cars for a few years now and I've gotten to the point where that interest has pushed me towards my next vehicle being an imported Kei car. Basically I'm looking at making a first gen Alto Works RS/R, in all it's stickered glory, into my daily driver. So, with that I have a few questions, if anyone could help?

I've talked to some importers and they say reliability wise I have nothing to worry about. Mechanicals are robust and simple and if something goes wrong not expensive to fix or find parts. Obviously trim parts and exterior panels would have to be hunted down, but the underpinnings were similar or mostly the same for a number of years so that shouldn't be an issue. Obviously, with older cars you have to take time and find a good one, but generally speaking here is this true?

How does the 4wd work? From what I've seen it's got a viscous clutch pack like a Syncro VW Golf or an old RT4WD Civic Wagon where most power is diverted to the front wheels until slip they slip at which point power is diverted to the rear as well. Usually a 90/10 or 95/5 front to rear torque split in normal driving. Is this what the RS/R has? Or does it have a true viscous center diff and a static split? Also a follow up, are there any kei cars with that type of AWD system?

I've seen people get insane power from these cars. I know the bigger engined older brother is capable of 200hp. I'm not looking for that, but I am curious as to what kind of reliable power I can make with one of these. I've seen more than a few running around with 100-120hp is this typical? Would 140-150 be too lofty a goal?

Sorry to ramble! Thanks in advance, guys! I hope to get some good feedback and maybe have some questions answered. Can't wait to join the Kei Klub!

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17 Apr 2015 21:05 #24065

Cool where are you based??
And 150 is not a crazy figure, i've seen 170 from an f6a and 300+ from a k6a

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17 Apr 2015 22:24 #24067

I'm in the North East USA, hoping to import in the next two years. That's what I've seen as well, I believe it was the f6a I saw making around 200hp. The one in the first gen RS/R is the f5a right? I think 140-50 would be a perfect power level for one of these with 4wd.

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17 Apr 2015 22:42 #24068

Yes, it's the F5A in that one, I'd highly reccomend a early f6a/k6a C series (Cr22s) if you can lay your hands on one!!
Those earlier ones are very cool.
I could imagine kei car would look crazy on american roads!

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17 Apr 2015 22:57 #24069

I do love the Cr22 as well, but I think the CC72 is what I want. Maybe I could do an engine swap!

Ah, it would look interesting next to some of the bigger cars here, definitely. But where I live the roads are more similar to European roads, so it wouldn't look too weird... Except for the right hand drive!

I see Fiat 500s all the time and they're about the same size.

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17 Apr 2015 23:10 #24072

They are quite a bit smaller than a 500 unless you mean the one from the 60s

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17 Apr 2015 23:57 #24075

Jamie wrote:

They are quite a bit smaller than a 500 unless you mean the one from the 60s

Nope, I mean the new one. The Alto's and the new 500 have the same wheelbase. The 500 is obviously a lot heavier and a little bigger, but they aren't far off.

http://rs1199.pbsrc.com/albums/aa477/aaran_05/gtr-500-alto_zps57562873.jpg~320x480

The old 500 is waaaaay smaller than both hahaha.

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18 Apr 2015 00:11 #24077

hehe thats my car ^^^

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18 Apr 2015 00:22 #24079

Are there better photos of the Fiat next to the alto?

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18 Apr 2015 01:04 #24080

not sure, thats a picture from the previous owner

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