Soup Up a Car and We'll Guess What Kind of Car You Currently Own!

By: Mark Lichtenstein

Soup Up a Car and We'll Guess What Kind of Car You Currently Own!
Image: Dylon Desbiens via Youtube

About This Quiz

Buying a car is an adventure. You go to the dealership, and the first thing you spot is the prestige car on a plinth, the one no one is expected to buy. For Mercedes-Benz, that vehicle is usually the S-Class or the SL roadster. For Ford that is the Ford Raptor or the Shelby Mustang GT. You look at these, but you realize you can't fit your family in a Mustang, and a Raptor is a lot of money to spend on something you'll only drive to the grocery store. Still, your heartstrings are at the mercy of these dream machines. As a result, you settle for a compromise between your heart and your head and buy a vehicle that is practical but still has a whiff of the machine of your dreams.

Some cars appeal to those dreamers who are less willing to compromise, like the Mercedes-Benz C 43 Sedan, which is practical and affordable but retains much of the bonkers engineering of the C63 AMG. For fans of the "hot hatch" category who do not like the blind spots of the Ford Focus RS, there is the less glamorous Volkswagen Golf R, which unlike the Focus has excellent visibility, all-wheel drive, grown-up styling and nearly 300 horsepower. 

If the midlife-crisis set doesn't feel like ponying up $80k for a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, there is the Chevrolet Camaro or the Toyota GT86, either of which will supply enough heart-pounding excitement to keep cardiologists in business, without breaking the bank.

For this quiz, tell us what modification you'd make on your dream vehicle and we'll calculate the vehicle you currently own. It might be delayed, but the heart will not be denied! Let's go!

How would you modify your car's doors?
I wouldn't.
I'd add sound dampening.
I'd waterproof the seal.
I'd remove as much weight as possible.

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How would you modify your vehicle's windshield?
I'd give it a polarized coating.
I'd give it an anti-chip coating.
I'd give it heavy-duty wipers.
I'd replace it with a super-thin lightweight version.

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How would you modify your car's paint job?
I'd keep it stock.
I'd give it a really sparkly paint coating.
I'd Plasti-Dip the whole car.
I'd strip off the old paint and give it as thin a coating as possible.

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What decals would you put on your car?
I wouldn't put any decals on my car.
A "Baby on Board" decal
Decals for the off-road races I took it on
Racing stripes

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What mods would you make to the car's headlights?
Headlights that turn as you steer
LED headlights
Overhead lights and spots
Fog lamps

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What set of rims would you buy?
I'd get rims one inch larger than stock.
I'd get ostentatious ones with loads of details.
I'd get really small ones for fat tires.
I'd get huge rims for low profile tires.

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Which set of tires would you buy?
All-season tires
Summer performance tires
Knobby off-roading tires
Racing slicks

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What mods would you make to your exhaust?
I'd add the button to activate the sports exhaust system.
I'd muffle it into silence.
I'd set up a stack that comes out of the top, over the hood.
I'd remove the catalytic converter and add sports exhaust.

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What steering rack do you like the sound of?
A power end-take-off rack-and-pinion system
A power center-take-off rack-and-pinion system
A recirculating ball system
A worm and peg system

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Which suspension brand would you buy?
Bosch
EBC
ACDelco
Bilstein

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Which type of brakes would you buy?
Cross-drilled
Smooth
Slotted
Drilled and slotted

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What would you do to your car's fenders?
Nothing
I'd flare them.
I'd cut them off and replace them with flared, carbon fiber off-road fenders.
I'd add air intakes.

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What would you do to your car's hood?
I'd replace it with a carbon fiber hood, and paint like the rest of the car.
I'd add a bulge for the engine.
I'd add hood pins.
I'd add a ram-air intake.

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What would you do to your car's roof?
I'd stiffen it.
I'd add a panoramic sunroof.
I'd add a roof rack.
I'd cut it off!

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What would you do to your car's chassis?
I'd stiffen it and add a roll cage.
Nothing
I'd strengthen it and add bull bars.
I'd replace it with one made of carbon fiber.

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How would you mod your car's gas tank?
I wouldn't.
I'd make it easier to figure out how to open.
I'd add an auxiliary tank.
I'd eliminate the trunk and expand the size of the gas tank.

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What would you do to mod your car's gauge cluster?
I'd replace it with all-analog dials.
I'd replace it with a massive screen.
I'd add a compass.
I'd add a turbo boost gauge.

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What feature would you want to put into your seats?
Movable bolsters
A massager
Extra suspension
A racing harness

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What would you do to your car's climate control system?
Nothing
I'd add four-zone climate control.
I'd put the intake someplace above the level of the engine, on the opposite side of the exhaust pipe.
I'd throw it all away.

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How would you modify your car's drive train?
I'd add an all-wheel drive with a front-wheel drive bias.
I'd want a front-wheel-drive drivetrain.
I'd add a locking differential.
I'd add a limited-slip differential.

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How many cylinders would you want in your souped-up engine?
4
6
8
12

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What should your engine block be made from?
Titanium
Composite
Steel
Aluminum

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Where should your engine be positioned?
In the middle
Right in front of the firewall
High up in the front
In the back, as part of the chassis

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Where would you position a turbocharger?
In the middle of the V
In front of the throttle valves
I wouldn't!
Behind the throttle valves

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To supercharge or not to supercharge?
Not if there is already a turbo
No, that doesn't help mileage.
Supercharge, definitely
Yes, and add a turbo!

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What is the most important engine mod?
Large diameter throttle body
New exhaust header
High-flow catalytic converter
Cold air intake

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What tuning company would you hand your car over to?
Brabus
Alpina
Krazy House Customs
M Division

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What start-stop system would you want added?
I just want to turn a key.
I want to do it with an app.
I'd like proximity and a button.
Give me a button — and a removable steering wheel.

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What infotainment system would you add?
Apple CarPlay
Cadillac User Experience
Uconnect
iDrive

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What gearbox would you prefer?
Give me a stick and let me row.
A snazzy 10-speed automatic
Automatic with low gear ratios
Dual-clutch five speed

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