Alright, we admit it—we slept on this region. Puerto Rico has always had a dedicated enthusiast community, especially when referencing Honda builds. Back in the print days, HT featured some PR cars that were packed with quality parts, but now, in 2019, it’s pretty obvious the locals have stepped things up considerably. And what better way to highlight their efforts than with a huge show at the Puerto Rico Convention Center?
The idea makes perfect sense: throw a car event in the Caribbean surrounded by lush, island surroundings in what’s arguably a completely untapped market. But in order to put on a successful event, the local enthusiasts have to be interested, willing to participate, and armed with builds that are well above the average street car. Fortunately, all three of those prerequisites were in place on June 30th.
You can take quality parts and throw them at any of Honda’s popular chassis and, at times, end up with something great. On the flip side, you can do way too much in the way of adding extras and end up with a mess on wheels. The magic is in the execution and it’s something the PR Honda community seems to have locked down. A balance of OEM, aftermarket, and hard-to-source goods, along with some custom fabrication mixed in, made for a healthy helping of high-end builds that could absolutely hold their own in any region on the planet.
Whether this outpouring of support from locals will bring in other show series to make their mark in the region is up in the air, but based on the turnout, feedback, and overall vibe of Tuner Evo’s first Puerto Rico tour stop, we’re pretty sure the organization will make a return visit, and so will we!
Picking out an overall Honda winner at a show packed with quality builds is no easy task. In the end, after judges sifted through spotless bays and tidy interiors, this K-powered EJ hatchback took the honors.
More than just a pretty face, this Prestige Performance @prestigeperformance K-swapped coupe sees plenty of drag race action when it’s not stealing the spotlight with its hood off. With a set of slicks and its full interior intact, the coupe clicked off multiple low 12-second passes just as you see it.
On this day, however, it had all four of its classic bronze TE37s in place and its ITB setup polished for onlookers to get a glimpse. Inside the cabin, Bride buckets and door panel upholstery are joined by a full carbon fiber dash and AEM’s CD7 digital cluster.
@rrluispapa likes superchargers so much that he decided to boost his AP2 CR and his DC5.
Both cars sit on bronze Mugen MF10 but the DC5 is taken a bit further, utilizing a complete Mugen aero kit.
There are dozens of different directions to take the EH/EG chassis but for @luis_titoraton and his Si, an all-motor heart and simplistic exterior were a must. Those big Kinsler velocity stacks in your face help send the 67mm throttles enough air to keep this K24 swap happy. The Spoon coil-pack cover complements the SW388s and carbon wing that make up the exterior.
Irving Echevarria @irving_e_b has been piecing his Civic EH together for quite some time and it’s shaped up to be an instant classic. Mugen EG6 front lip joined by M7s and EC Works mirrors will never go out of style.
Under the hood, 48mm Jenvey ITBs sit at the rear of his B16A fitted with Type R pistons while on the other end, a Mugen header sneaks in behind a Koyo full-size radiator. Shaved and tucked, the engine bay is all about simplicity and we loved it.
You’ve seen so many K-swaps in Honda’s fifth-generation Civic chassis that a B-series raises an eyebrow and a single cam D-series has you in complete shock.
This version, owned by Omar Diaz Mendez, isn’t your average MPG-hunting single slammer. No, this one pounds the rollers to the tune of 600-plus horsepower and has delivered very low 10-second passes at over 145mph.
All business, this DC features carbon fiber velocity stack up front that directs air to the center-feed intake manifold and into a presumably built engine that spits hot fire through the Integra’s hood with a custom exhaust manifold.
Something you don’t see too often are K24-powered Honda Fit builds. And that’s probably why Francisco Hernandez went against the grain and built his and incorporated J’s Racing fenders that mate to a JDM front-end conversion, Mugen aero, and custom-coated MF8s that match his valve cover treatment.