Mitsubishi Minica Dangan ZZ

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Mitsubishi Minica

Not to start this one off on a braggy but just today I realized I am a pioneer. I may shop at natural stores, work a steady file taxes and drive a vehicle, but I am a pioneer in my own way. some might ask. it’s because of this

As far as I know it was the first of its kind; a devoted to the driving impressions Gran Turismo vehicles made over the years, on me and I’ve met.

Sometimes, I like to see others out there who be inspired enough to also of this endeavor. If I’m the virtual version of R oad Track (. Car Driver ) it would be awesome in my if there was a Motor Trend out or even a Hot Rod . Some other doing the same thing as I: racing a variety of cars and writing about them. I look forward to any new writings this other writer (or

I would see it almost as competition. a of friendly competition, if you will. At point this other discovers and contacts me, or vice and we both wind up digging criticizing) each other’s

As I start this next I imagine this other wondering if I’ve lost a few Dude, you’re writing another slug he IM’s me one I mean, you just wrote the Chrysler Prowler, Tesla and ’70 Plymouth Superbird, and now writing about a KEI CAR? wants to read about a Kei trust me, nobody even them! he drawls on. He’s Texas, you see.

Texans speak, they drawl.

I would then write to him: Not true. I drive Kei occasionally, I even race Surprisingly, some of them are to drive and race. Lol. And what?

I got inspired to write another ‘sluggy’ automobile as I it to some tracks. As I drove teh through GT5’s Sunday I kept thinking of different I’d like to say about it. So I am so! And this time, I’m going to take it a little seriously than I have a few other Kei reviews in the past.

do you think of that!?

The other laughs ( rofl ) as he ambitiously about his next review, is to be devoted to an R34-era Skyline II. Well, hmm. he’s got me After all these years, I yet to write a proper R34 Skyline one that doesn’t go off on a tangent Barney, anyways. -/

The Minica line of cars way back in 1962. The first had a 2-cylinder air-cooled engine a solid rear-wheel drive I think its chassis was based on a truck of the times.

From things have only for the better with each

Matter of fact, the Dangan ZZ is from the 5th generation of Minicas. thought to some, huh? have been MULTIPLE of Minica. In comparison, here in it’s rare a small car even Kei-small.

Civic gets to have more one generation. Anybody remember the Geo The Yugo? The Dodge Colt? The has managed to last all these in America partially because a few like economy cars, but because of its performance aspect.

The Yugo, and Colt had no performance not straight from the factory,

It may come as a surprise to some there are all kinds of Minicas . all of Minicas. Looking at a Japanese website called ww we can see are the following grades of Minicas to from (and this is not a complete list). We have the S the XS, Pe, XPe, Xf, Lettuce, Pf, Pe, XPf, Dangan Si, etc. Like I that list is not even which means PD actually out a few repeat cars!

Take that the Dangan ZZ and Dangan of this review are supposed to be the of the Minicas, the KING of the Minica-line. imagine if we got something less.

(flyweight, actually) these definitely are, even compared to other Keis. My Dangan ZZ weighs in at 1,410 . while the 4-wheel drive (the ZZ 4) almost broke the with an amazing 1,587 . A to weight-watchers will not usually be then.

It’s been since I’ve played Red This is a silly first-person game in which there’s a of weapons which can be picked up in huge maze-like dwellings of all Guns of all kinds, mostly, a few grenades and bombs, etc.

are better for short range others (rifles) are best some distance is involved. somebody says choose weapon, therefore, most are gonna want to choose they feel will them best, as everybody has a style of playing Red Faction.

When the game starts, and we get to pick our weapons, obviously guns and flamethrowers are going to get up quickly. But there are some also to choosing a shotgun, or a or whatever. I’m no expert on

What nobody would is the BB gun. Compared to the others, a BB a ‘real’ gun. It fires round pellets instead of bullets.

Somebody wearing a flannel shirt would not be affected by a BB ….

Uh. I am assuming actually are BBs in Red Faction. it’s awhile since I’ve and tried this game. not, though.

So it may come as a that today, I did choose the BB The Minica’s miniscule 3-cylinder is what is basically a junior like something a teenager feel comfortable with (as teenagers have BBs as their guns). That imaginary car-reviews site might dismiss the Dangan ZZ, or not ever driving, racing, or even fun of it!

Hey, at least I make fun of sometimes as I write about

Yet, there are a few items of to actually take seriously this one. Like, the engine was the first ever in the automotive world with 5 per cylinder. I did not know that,

It also has a gigantic 9,500 rpm . That’s a lot of revs, even in the of other Keis, some of have similarly large of revving to plunder. A surprising of ZZ revving action is useful races, too; anywhere 3 or 4 grand on up. Granted, I admit only racing the Minica in beginner’s level races Cup and FF Challenge in GT5), but this is an advantage.

There already been several times been neck-to-neck against a or some other Sunday We’re battling in those and come to a straight area. The shifts gears, the Minica not. The Minica does not to, since it’s still got an 1 or 2,000 rpms of tachometer to go. There are also those like at Tsukuba, as this is leaving those three turns.

One might think the will need to be dropped 2nd gear (like many need when their are stock), yet I’ve been 3rd instead. The revs drop to 4,000, yet that intercooled still manages to power up; PASSING some others as it

It’s behavior like that made me sit up a little out of my mushy 22 year-old armchair and notice. I don’t have a hell of a lot of experience with in any game except GT2, and in that game there still dozens I never got to driving. GT2 offers the most for a Kei to advance further since can be pushed higher for many in this game, you see.

There is a ’90 Minica ZZ in GT2, but I have no spec for it, which means I never one. According to Pupik’s, the ZZ can accept an amazing 174 . Man, I wish I could get in GT5.

I did drive the ’89 ZZ in GT4 for sure, but have no memory of it at Why does the car in GT5 impress me, then? the reason this review got after all.

Are there any reasons to write about it than it’s got lots of and a wide power-band to exploit with? that imaginary queries.

Yes there are. we’re actually allowed to with some power in

Many Kei cars in GT2 got to become superstars, since we could their power up to near 200 in cases. This doesn’t like much, but it’s how much damage I did with in this game against with sometimes over this amount of power.

In GT3 and 4, all of took a huge nose-dive. Any Keis garnered in GT2’s day was now lost with these two games, as it was rare to be able to get 130 hp in any Kei. So GT5 has brought back the Well, some of the magic.

In game, the Dangan ZZ can now make.

are some. um. points of contradiction of course. The engine may have and lots of revs to play it may make lots and lots of but we can’t brag about or acceleration at any point of the ZZ’s Gearing is a bit tall, but the baby-3 is a bit torqueless in its delivery.

More a bit, actually. There be plenty of times during the ZZ will be rolling down longer straight areas a half dozen cars far because it’s out-cornered all. That 3-cylinder sounds as if it’s giving all got, yet the tach is barely

It’s as if there’s a giant hand pushing against the car as it

Bottom line: I’ve to turn my Minica Dangan ZZ a little racing demon, but still a long, long of drivers out there who could less. Let’s try and see if we can change of their minds.

Since the ZZ is the top of the Minica line, the cream of the crop, one might expect things here on an intuitive Although I knew nothing this car before I researched it, I tell it at least has a sporty Yes, it’s a tiny, hatch, but there’s something it that also seems it’s at least trying to racy. Check out the Black ShopVac-sized hood scoop, for Check out its offset grille.

also got that 5-valve turbo system mentioned a pioneering effort from Not Audi. Not Honda.

So does car handle well? From to game results vary, as often do. I did drive the ’90 ZZ in GT2 (which happened to be four-wheel around Tahiti a few laps.

want to spend all day getting to this car the way I’ve done for

So as a fast write-up, the ZZ in this has a grippy front-end on entry, grippy. Tiny amounts of are needed to get this mailbox to a huge amount, so be careful. But the ZZ to lose these efforts It didn’t exactly understeer, but its also isn’t so grippy.

The car leans heavily once in turns, but rarely does lead to an oversteer situation.

So now we on to 4, and Hong Kong as the test Front-end is still grippy, but not as razor-sharp about this. often a moment of lag before the digs in when steering to right, right to left, but it starts digging, it feels pointable, easy to aim.

The to all this is that as we aim the ZZ into there’s a huge amount of movement (GT2’s leaning that tends to throw the car orbits we weren’t planning on. Not oversteer, but these sort of can destroy cornering situations,

The main difference from 2 to 4 is now a lot more understeer happening, in and out of slower areas. Big surprise, Give a little too much input, and those front (sport tires) start to grip.

The Minica does with medium-sized and larger often starts feeling as grippy as it did in GT2.

The Minica (once it’s got 2 power, which is just 100 hp) also has a habit of losing amounts of traction as it leaves areas. This is obviously GT4 has more extensive programming for than 2 did.

Braking is though. This is one of those cars in which there much power, but this car a lot stronger in the stopping department, to the of prowess. Braking can be attempted late in a Minica. I found braking much too early times, and then having to by blipping the throttle as I entered

This is something I’m not in GT5. in this game, are a bit mushier. Speaking of.

Dangan ZZ: talk about the front-drive first.

It handles some like it was born to do so, especially turns where the Minica to stretch its rubber with fear of understeer. I’m entering some of these turns (like the final of Tsukuba) with no brakes . the car’s tiny front take the brunt, and everything out fine. It’s those turns, surprisingly, that the often fails at.

This surprises me because, well, smaller cars excell in areas.

You might think in this car might be one of its stronger and this would be correct. though it didn’t have ABS in (and I didn’t have ABS on as I the Minica always feels during braking. The fact it doesn’t have ABS can actually its cause at times! Notice are times it’ll pivot turns, losing a bit of grip at the This helps get the Minica a tighter angle, assuming the manages not to lose composure.

All of feels completely safe, as if no is getting lost while mini-pivots occur, even in a heavier car speed would get

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The Minica often can be braked than others, too. or if the opts, it can be braked a bit early the rest of that turn for with more confidence), yet we always be prepared for a shocking of understeer mid-turn and when tighter turns, especially I’m noticing this can sometimes also show up entering such turns. It out of nowhere sometimes.

Those front tires are light blue, they are not yet the car isn’t turning. The Minica has and turned-in fine initially, but starts to lose it all. not a huge, major issue, more like something to for, that’s all.

for of you who actually drive such a car at

But there are some good to note. Traction in this car is great, even as power raised. I’m also that if the Minica is not actually in a yet, it often has plenty of zipping around, in, and out of heavier like Cupid on a Starbucks Here!

Over here! Now I’m here! The Minica ZZ jumps around the track a good game of checkers. It to please even more in turns, but after all, only a Kei.

It eventually quickly) meets its limits.

this is one of the things I really about these lighter the ones everybody is so afraid to race. They actually do their merits on the tracks. So me while I have some fun in my ZZ.

Oh, and Skyline review? Maybe get that done by 2014. ;p

1). One of minicars that can zip thru finding racing lines a heavier car would not be able to

2). 5-speed gearbox actually its low-powered environment (something of a in the world of Keis).

3). Always can be had at a low GT5 cars have suffered the inflation over the years, yet can be had at less than 10K.

4). lighter than many Keis, sometimes by hundreds of

5). Kind of a sporty look. Minicas below the Dangan ZZ nowhere near as exciting.

6). lots of power upgrades to be Close to 180 hp .

7). Sport-tuned suspension higher-than-normal spring rates.

1). of power? Do ya think?

2). Also, a lack of driving excitement we’re on a straight section

3). ugly looks (opinion of

4). Yet another Kei car, all the hatahs Yea, keep whining, -)

7). Suffers from a typical of speed. uh. at higher speeds. are not this car’s best

8). GT2: no race mod. +(

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