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Car FAQ by GrAyEeWoLf

Version: 1.5 | Updated: 04/10/2016

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Initial D: Street Stage 
Car FAQ v 1.5

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Written by: GrAyEeWoLf
Email: jeffrokkz2k1@yahoo.com
FAQ Version: 1.5

For the PlayStation Portable game console
Presented by Sega 
Developed by Sega Rosso
Initial D created by Shuichi Shigeno

Updated on: April 10, 2016

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Contents
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1. Version history 
2. About this FAQ 
3. Car FAQ Outline 
4. Project.D Website Mode - Course
   4.a. Myogi
   4.b. Usui
   4.c. Akagi
   4.d. Akina
   4.e. Irohazaka
   4.f. Happogahara
   4.g. Shomaru Pass
   4.h. Tsuchizaka
5. The drivetrains 
6. The cars
   6.a. About Tuning
   6.b. About 'No Tune' 
6.1. TOYOTA
   6.1.a. Trueno GT-Apex                      (AE86)
   6.1.b. Levin GT-Apex                       (AE86)
   6.1.c. Levin SR                            (AE85)
   6.1.d. MR2 G-Limited                       (SW20)
   6.1.e. MR-S                               (ZZW30)
   6.1.f. Altezza RS200                      (SXE10)
   6.1.g. Celica GT-FOUR                     (ST205)
6.2. NISSAN
   6.2.a. Skyline GT-R V-Spec II             (BNR32)
   6.2.b. Skyline GT-R V-Spec II             (BNR34)
   6.2.c. Skyline 25GT Turbo                  (ER34)
   6.2.d. Silvia K's                           (S13)
   6.2.e. Silvia Q's                           (S14)
   6.2.f. Silvia K's Aero                      (S14)
   6.2.g. Silvia Spec-R                        (S15)
   6.2.h. 180SX Type X                       (RPS13)
   6.2.i. SILEIGHTY                       (RPS13KAI)
6.3. Honda
   6.3.a. Civic Type R                         (EK9)
   6.3.b. Civic SiR-II                         (EG6)
   6.3.c. Integra Type R                       (DC2)
   6.3.d. S2000                                (AP1)
6.4. Mitsubishi
   6.4.a. Lancer Evo III GSR                  (CE9A)
   6.4.b. Lancer Evo IV  RS                   (CN9A)
   6.4.c. Lancer Evo V RS GSR                 (CP9A)
   6.4.d. Lancer Evo VI GSR T.M. Edition      (CP9A)
   6.4.e. Lancer Evo VII GSR                  (CT9A)
6.5. Mazda
   6.5.a. RX-7 Infini III                     (FC3S)
   6.5.b. RX-7 Type R                        (FD3SI)
   6.5.c. RX-7 Spirit R Type A               (FD3SV)
   6.5.d. RX-8 Type S                         (SE3P)
   6.5.e. Roadster S Special                 (NA6CE)
   6.5.f. Roadster RS                         (NB8C)
6.6. Subaru
   6.6.a. Impreza WRX Sti ver. VI            (GC8VI)
   6.6.b. Impreza WRX Sti                      (GDB)
   6.6.c. Impreza WRX Type R ver. V           (GC8V)
6.7. Suzuki
   - Cappuccino                              (EA11R)
7. Links
8. Credits and copyrights


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1. Version History
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4/10/16:

v.1.5 - Added a new section that may prove beneficial: 4. Project.D 
Website Mode - Course. 

With the help of Google Translate, I translated the Course section of 
the Project.D Website Mode. There was actually some pretty insightful 
information related to gameplay, so I figured it would be useful in 
this FAQ as picking a home course is an important aspect of selecting 
the right car for your gameplay style.

Mind you I'm no expert in the reading kanji/katakana, so the 
translation was written with my knowledge of the game as well as what 
Google Translate gave to me :)

Also, there was some weird formatting going on after the initial 
submission of this FAQ, so I went through and fixed those errors (as 
well as a few more text issues I spotted)

4/01/16:

v. 1.0 - Taking inspiration from the fact that I have finally 
completed my Initial D: Special Stage Car FAQ after starting it back 
in 2003, I felt that this game could have greatly benefitted from the 
same type of information. 

As an incremental upgrade, the games are VERY similar, for the most 
part. So, if you've read the Special Stage version, there are many 
similarities. But, this game is based off Arcade Stage Version 3 
(whereas Special Stage more closely resembles Version 2) so there are 
many differences in car performance and rankings. In any case, I 
hope this FAQ helps. 

And, as always, if you think something needs changing/editing, feel 
free to drop me a line and I'll gladly take your suggestions. And 
now... I present to you the Initial D: Street Stage edition of the 
Car FAQ!


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2. About this FAQ
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If you're reading this FAQ, then I shouldn't have to explain to you 
what Initial D is. If you are reading this, you are one of 3 people:

- You've played the arcade game(s)
- You've played the portable version (or the console ports)
- You like the anime/manga and you got this game

This is now the third FAQ I've constructed, all for Initial D. Yes, 
I'm that much of a fan of the anime/manga as well as the games they 
are based on). 

Unlike my previous Car FAQ, where I had the help of the Message Board 
to help me cover all the vehicles in the game, I had to do all the 
legwork myself. Lucky for me, though, car tuning goes by a lot faster 
so long as there's enough Tuning Cards (more on this later).

Let's begin, shall we?


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3. Car FAQ outline
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This FAQ was put together with the intention of helping you decide on 
a car that's the right fit for your gameplay style. 

Each car's information is listed as follows:


Drivetrain:         Refer to '5. The Drivetrains' for more 
                    information. 

Transmission:       How many gears the car has; something to consider 
                    if you plan on playing on Manual Transmission (MT) 
                    as, generally, you must be more mindful of your 
                    shift points.

Best course:        Course(s)/Conditions where the car performs the 
                    best. Also considered the car's 'Home Course'.

Worst course:       Course(s)/Conditions where the car performs 
                    poorly.

Car Overview:       A description of the car's overall performance 
                    and attributes which factor handling, overall 
                    acceleration, and average Time Attack results.

Battle Potential:   A general overview of how the car performs in a 
                    head-to-head scenario, highlighting the pros and 
                    cons of each vehicle.

Recommended Shift 
Points:             Shift points information to use for optimal 
                    acceleration, specifically right off the starting 
                    line, but also comes in handy when downshifting 
                    is absolutely necessary during races.

Tune courses:       The individual Tune Options for each car. You 
                    pick one as your base tune, but parts from the 
                    Tune Courses you don't select can be changed to 
                    later if you so choose after completing basic 
                    tune. Refer to '6.a. About Tuning', '6.b. About 
                    'No Tune' for further information.


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4. Project.D Website Mode - Course
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The following is a rough translation of the information that can be 
found in the Course Section of the Project.D Website Mode.

Upon selecting each individual Course, you select from one of 2 menu 
options:

COURSE INTRODUCTION
COURSE CHEATS

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4.a. Myogi
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Course Introduction
---
The locals, Shingo Shoji and Takeshi Nakazato, are members of the 
Night Kids. There is a dynamic difference between the Clockwise and 
Counter-Clockwise Routes.

COURSE:  Full Length 3,204m
RULE:    3 Laps
ROUTE:   Clockwise / Counter-Clockwise
TIME:    Day / Night


Course Cheats
---
Since the course is wide, high speeds are likely. Beginners can get a 
feel for high-speed cornering. The key is to corner without lowering 
maximum speed.

Cheat Point
---
The only hairpin on Myogi. Time Attack results are determined by this 
section. Its purpose is for practicing drifting and help assess 
optimum angle when entering corners.

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4.b. Usui
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Course Introduction
---
The locals are Mako Sato and Sayuki. The corner C-121 has a high level 
of difficulty, and one is considered an expert of Usui if they're able 
to drift from the beginning to the end of it. 

COURSE:  Full Length 4,202m
RULE:    2 Laps
ROUTE:   Clockwise / Counter-Clockwise
TIME:    Day / Night


Course Cheats
---
It's possible to tackle the 2 different corners and 2 different 
hairpin curves with steering and accelerator work as well as braking 
(and shifting if using Manual Transmission). There are also many 
straightaways, offering opportunities to overtake rivals.

Cheat Point 1
---
Although tackling this corner isn't that difficult, this hairpin is 
slightly larger than other hairpins, yet tighter than the hairpin on 
Myogi. Be sure to slow down before entering the corner.

Cheat Point 2
---
This hairpin has a high degree of difficulty as it's a tight curve. 
Because the road here is so narrow, it's easy to hit the wall. Try not 
to accelerate until you reach the corner's exit.

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4.c. Akagi
_______________________________________________________________________


Course Introduction
---
The locals are the Takahashi Brothers who are members of the Red Suns. 
The slope at the end of Section 1 is tighter than that of Akina, with 
a low-speed section on the downhill featuring a severe change in 
altitude immediately following the starting straightaway.


COURSE:  Full Length 5,804m
RULE:    One-way
ROUTE:   Downhill / Uphill
TIME:    Day / Night


Course Cheats
---
Since there are many high-speed corners, it's easy to pick up speed. 
Remember to slow down when approaching the tighter corners before the 
first check point.

Cheat Point
---
The hairpins on the downhill are the most difficult aspect. The Red 
Suns have never lost to any rival of Akagi. Remember the rhythm of the 
corners. 


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4.d. Akina
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Course Introduction
---
The locals are the Akina Speedstars as well as Takumi Fujiwara who 
honed his drifting by delivering tofu. The most difficult section is 
the sequential hairpin curves near the end of the downhill.

COURSE:  Full Length 7,552m
RULE:    One-way
ROUTE:   Downhill / Uphill
TIME:    Day / Night


Course Cheats
---
The course is narrow and there is more than one hairpin curve in 
each section. The key to good Time Attack results is braking and 
drift control. Rhythm is key in tackling the sequential hairpins.

Cheat Point 1
---
The hairpin after the starting straightaway. The key for cutting 
section time is careful braking and good drift control.

Cheat Point 2
---
A key point that can dramatically affect your Time Attack results. 
Barricades mark the construction environment. The key is to shift 
the car's weight in quick succession without making wall contact. 
Be mindful of your entry angle in the curves.

Cheat Point 3
---
Akina's most difficult section. Hit the gutter in the first corner of 
the sequential hairpins without slowing down too much. Rhythm is the 
deciding factor here.


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4.e. Irohazaka
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Course Introduction
---
The locals are Emperor, led by Kyoichi Sudo. It's a dynamic and steep 
slope that features serpent style hairpin curves like a roller 
coaster.

COURSE:  Full Length 5,130m
RULE:    One-way
ROUTE:   Downhill / Reverse
TIME:    Day / Night


Course Cheats
---
After passing the second checkpoint, it is possible to jump from some 
of the corners. The first is located after the first corner after the 
checkpoint followed by 4 more 2 corners after that.

Cheat Point 1
---
You can significantly cut your section time by hitting the apex of 
the corner.

Cheat Point 2
---
The second jumping section. You can significantly cut your section 
time by hitting the apex of the corner. You can continue jumping 
using continuous momentum through the following 3 corners.


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4.f. Happogahara
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Course Introduction
---
The course where Takumi Fujiwara battled Professional Racer Tomoyuki 
Tachi. The road is relatively wide, there are many changes in height, 
and the road undulates. The level of difficulty on the Outbound Route 
is particularly high.


COURSE:  Full Length 5,754m
RULE:    One-way
ROUTE:   Outbound / Inbound
TIME:    Night


Course Cheats
---
The Course Layout is complex with 7 different continuous S-curve 
sections. Only the second and third sections feature straightaways. 
Good Time Attack results depend on speed, accelerator work and 
handling.

Cheat Point 1
---
In either direction, but especially the Outbound Route, Check Point 
results are determined by how much acceleration you have going in and 
coming out of the sequential hairpins. The key is grasping the rhythm.

Cheat Point 2
---
The corner following the tunnel is very difficult. Beware of the steep 
corner or you may hit the wall. Be mindful of your rhythm upon the 
corner's entry.

Cheat Point 3
--- 
Particularly on the Outbound Route, it's difficult to see the entrance 
to the tunnel coming out of the slope of the previous corner.



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4.g. Shomaru Pass
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Course Introduction
---
The Home Course of Wataru Akiyama with his AE86 Levin. This course 
takes guts to drive on as the course is narrow and the road surface is 
rough.


COURSE:  Full Length 5,812m
RULE:    One-way
ROUTE:   Outbound / Inbound
TIME:    Day / Night


Course Cheats
---
The Course Layout features few hairpins, but it's twisty. It's 
important to be mindful of your line as you may hit the wall once you 
lose concentration.

Cheat Point 1
---
It's easy to get by an opponent in the few wide sections of the 
course. But, try not to get overtaken if you are leading.

Cheat Point 2
---
This is one of the few wide sections in the course. Particularly on 
the Outbound Route, this is a good place to lose an opponent if you 
are chasing at this point.


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4.h. Tsuchizaka
_______________________________________________________________________


Course Introduction
---
Home Course of 'The 2 Men in Lancer Evolutions'. Oil was spilled on 
the course during the battle with Project.D. It is difficult to 
maintain high speed after the technical section in the middle of the 
course.


COURSE:  Full Length 6,712m
RULE:    One-way
ROUTE:   Outbound / Inbound
TIME:    Day / Night


Course Cheats
---
Depending on the Route, the course has a distinct change in feel on 
the opposite end of the tunnel. The course also features a 
construction barricade and oil has been placed on the road, so be 
cautious.

Cheat Point 1
---
By hitting the apex of the corner, you risk driving over the oil, so 
try to avoid it or it may slow you down and affect your Time Attack 
results.

Cheat Point 2
---
The road is made more narrow due to the presence of the construction 
barricade. It's possible to lose an opponent here if you're traveling 
side by side.



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5. The Drivetrains
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There are 4 distinct drivetrains. What 'drivetrain' means is engine 
displacement, and which wheels the engine power goes to. Your car's 
drivetrain can affect your car's handling and overall potential. 

The car behavior in Initial D Street Stage is NOT realistic, so each 
explanation is relevant to this game. I have also broken down each 
drivetrain's notable characteristics into basic stats so you have a 
general idea of each of the drivetrain's pros and cons. But, any 
discrepancies in cars that don't conform to these conventions will be 
noted in each individual car's overview.

---
Front engine/Rear wheel drive (FR)
---
Acceleration:     **
Top Speed:        *****
Cornering:        *****
Dry Traction:     ****
Wet Traction:     **

FR cars tend to favor control over acceleration. Most of the FRs 
provide the user manageable maneuverability while cornering, so if 
you're proficient at tackling corners, you're awarded with greater 
acceleration at a corner's exit as well as higher speeds in top gear. 
However, if you're unable to harness your car's abilities (aka sloppy 
driving), your overall speed will suffer. Note that in Wet conditions 
FRs slide outward while cornering, some worse than others. So, keep 
that in mind if you plan on focusing on Wet courses.


---
Front engine/Front wheel drive (FF)
---
Acceleration:     ***
Top Speed:        ***
Cornering:        ***
Dry Traction:     *****
Wet Traction:     ***

FF cars have noticeable understeer while cornering, but offer 
much more stability in comparison to FR or MR cars. Acceleration and 
top speed are average, at best. But, FFs become much more challenging 
to drive when used in Wet conditions due to the loss of traction when 
exiting corners.


---
Mid engine/Rear wheel drive (MR)
---
Acceleration:     ****
Top Speed:        ***
Cornering:        *****
Dry Traction:     ***
Wet Traction:     *

MR cars have even more oversteer than FR vehicles (with the exception 
being the Cappuccino). Because of this, countersteering is absolutely 
necessary after exiting corners, or the car will fishtail or end up 
meeting the guardrail. MRs exhibit low traction particularly under Wet 
conditions, so beware of the loss of control under such circumstances.


---
Four wheel/All wheel drive (4WD/AWD)  
---
Acceleration:     ***
Top Speed:        ****
Cornering:        ***
Dry Traction:     *****
Wet Traction:     *****

4WD/AWD drive cars are the most stable cars in the game. With their 
strong traction, they are excellent for Wet conditions. But, in some 
of the twistier courses, specifically in Dry conditions, these cars 
have the most noticeable understeer. However, 4WD cars have strong 
mid-gear acceleration. So, any speed lost during cornering can be 
compensated for as long as you drive a clean line.


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6. The cars
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(note: the cars are listed in the order they appear in the game)
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6.a. About Tuning
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Unlike its Console/Arcade counterparts, this game relies on a Card 
System for tuning your car. The Tuning Cards are as follows:

#174-  TUNE-UP (EXTREMELY rare, but necessary)
#175-  MUFFLER
#176-  WHEEL
#177-  FRONT SPOILER
#178-  SIDE SKIRT
#179-  REAR SPOILER
#180-  REAR BUMPER
#181-  BONNET
#182-  MIRROR
#183-  ROOF
#184-  TRUNK
#185-  STICKER

Basic Tune
---
Completion of Basic Tune is when you acquire all the external parts 
of your selected Tune Course. After completing basic tune, you're 
free to change any of the following parts at any time (even back to 
the stock parts, if you so choose).

MUFFLER
WHEEL
REAR SPOILER
BONNET
MIRROR

Full Tune
---
'Full Tune' is when you've applied all internal upgrades via the 
TUNE-UP Tuning Card. When all Internal Upgrades have been acquired, 
a car is considered 'Full Tuned' (aka there are no more tune ups 
that will affect your car's performance).

The internal Tune-Ups are as follows:

Step 1- Intake System
Step 2- Cooling System
Step 3- ECU Exchange
Step 4- Body Tune
Step 5- Driving System Tune

Note:
Without a Full Tuned car, there is a noticeable difference in overall 
course time during Time Attacks (on average, at least 5 seconds with 
an under-tuned car). It's recommended that you don't focus on Time 
Attacks until you've reached Full Tune if you want the best possible 
results.

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6.b. About No Parts Tune
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The No Parts Tune option is available if you prefer to not to get any
external parts for your car. It's the final option to the far right of 
the tune selection screen.

By selecting this tune option, you will not get any external upgrades 
by default, as well as no serious internal upgrades. Simply put, the
car remains in the 'stock' configuration. It, in no way, seriously
affects your performance, game-wise. But, for some cars (for example, 
the Toyotas that get major internal upgrades, namely the AE86s) there 
is a big enough difference in feel to set it apart from the typical 
tune option for that car.

Once basic No Parts Tune is completed, you will be able to equip some 
cosmetic parts for your car such as new Muffler pipes and wheels.


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6.1. Toyota

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6.1.a. Trueno GT-Apex (AE86)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Akina
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Tsuchizaka/wet conditions


Car Overview:
---
As its basis, the AE86 Trueno relies on strong cornering ability and 
controllable oversteer, but lacks in any true power. After upgrading 
to the new engine (A, B or C-Tune), it offers amazing acceleration as 
long as shift points are timed properly. With optimal shifting, the 
Trueno has incredibly strong high-end acceleration. However, shift 
poorly and the Trueno will stall badly.

With the racing engine tune courses, the Trueno is one of the more 
balanced cars in the game. But, when turbo tuned (D-Tune) what it 
gains it top speed it loses in cornering and handling. And, while 
undisputed king of Akina DH Dry, it can fare well outside of its home 
course if you remember one thing: this car's top speed suffers HEAVILY 
if you rub or hit walls when traveling at high speeds (more so than 
any other car in the game). 

It's not a car intended for beginners, but learning to harness the 
abilities of the AE86 Trueno will teach you the game well, and 
you'll be able to hop into any other vehicle with little problem.


Battle Potential:
---
The AE86 Trueno is solid overall on Dry weather, but tricky to Battle 
with outside of its home course of Akina. The key to success is 
staying off the walls because taking full advantage of the Trueno's 
top-gear acceleration is its greatest strength. The game compensates 
for the Trueno's high-end speed by giving it one of the worst startups 
in the whole game. Try to avoid racing in the rain where the Trueno 
will slide out and give you trouble.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
Normal Engine (B, C and D-Tune): 5000 > 5000 > 6000
TRD racing engine (A-Tune): 8000 > 9000 > 10500

Tune course A (driven by Takumi Fujiwara):
---
Wheels -                RS Watanabe
Muffler -               Initial D
Front aero -            CIBIE
Bonnet -                Initial D
Sticker -               Initial D
Complete basic tune -   TRD racing engine upgrade

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               Techno Pro Spirit
Front aero -            TRD
Bonnet -                TRD
Complete basic tune -   Racing engine upgrade

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                RS Watanabe
Muffler -               Techno Pro Spirit
Front aero -            Techno Pro Spirit
Bonnet -                Techno Pro Spirit
Complete basic tune -   Racing engine upgrade


Tune course D:
---
Wheels -                RS Watanabe
Muffler -               Ukiya Shoukai
Front aero -            Ukiya Shoukai
Side skirts -           Ukiya Shoukai
Bonnet -                Ukiya Shoukai
Complete basic tune -   Turbo kit upgrade

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6.1.b. Levin GT-Apex (AE86)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Shoumaru Pass/Happogahara
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Tsuchizaka


Car Overview:
---
The Levin turns very well with controllable oversteer that is 
unfortunately affected in the rain where it slides a bit more. It has 
incredible startup acceleration and you'd be hard pressed to find an 
opponent you can't beat off the line. But, it is ultimately the lack 
of high-end acceleration that sets it apart from the top-tier cars.

With turbo tuning (A-Tune or D-Tune) the Levin is equipped with turbo 
or a supercharger. While that sounds great, Wet conditions become your 
worst enemy where the car becomes sluggish and loses almost all 
traction while cornering. But, the mecha-tuned AE86 Levin (B or 
C-tune) gives the car better overall balance as the racing engine 
upgrade preserves the Levin's good cornering response. 


Battle Potential:
---
The Levin is tricky to drive outside of its strongest courses due to 
its cornering ability, but can hold its own on most courses on Dry 
Weather. Rain is a huge pain point as the car slides outward during 
cornering. However, the major problem this car has is that its top-
gear acceleration is one of the worst in the whole game, which 
severely hinders its Battle potential.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
5000 > 5000 > 6000

Tune course A (driven by Wataru Akiyama):
---
Wheels -                Initial D
Muffler -               Initial D
Rear spoiler -          Initial D
Front sero -            TRD
Bonnet -                TRD
Complete basic tune -   Turbo Supercharger upgrade

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               Techno Pro Spirit
Rear spoiler -          TRD
Front aero -            TRD
Side skirts -           TRD
Bonnet -                TRD
Complete basic tune -   Racing engine upgrade


Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                RS Watanabe 
Muffler -               Techno Pro Spirit 
Rear spoiler -          Techno Pro Spirit 
Front aero -            Techno Pro Spirit 
Side skirts -           Techno Pro Spirit 
Bonnet -                Techno Pro Spirit 
Complete basic tune -   Racing engine upgrade

Tune course D:
---
Wheels -                RS Watanabe 
Muffler -               Ukiya Shoukai
Rear spoiler -          Ukiya Shoukai
Front aero -            Ukiya Shoukai
Side skirts -           Ukiya Shoukai
Bonnet -                Ukiya Shoukai
Complete basic tune -   Turbo kit upgrade

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6.1.c. Levin SR (AE85)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Akagi/Akina
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Tsuchizaka


Car Overview:
---
As with the AE86s in their under-basic tune state, the AE85 relies on 
strong and stable cornering ability to get by. But, that's where the 
similarities end, as the Levin SR's weakness is its poor top speed. 
Because of the lack of top-gear acceleration, expect your typical 
Time Attack results to be slower than average. Inversely, it does take 
off rather quickly at the start dash. 

Be mindful that with the A-Tune upgrade, the AE85's cornering changes 
a bit; it slides out more on Dry weather and loses virtually all 
traction under Wet conditions. Despite the shortcomings, it's still 
worthy of being driven, and is a definite must-have for anyone wanting 
to make this game a little more challenging without being overly 
frustrating to control.


Battle Potential:
---
The AE85 Levin is very comparable to the AE86 Levin in most regards, 
so the same factors apply here; Quick off-the-line acceleration, 
good cornering ability, weak top-end acceleration and sketchy 
handling in the rain. Considering all of that, your best bet at 
winning Battles is to drive clean, get ahead and block your opponent 
until the goal.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
5000 > 5000 > 6000

Tune course A (driven by Itsuki Takeuchi):
---
Wheels -                Initial D
Muffler -               Initial D
Sticker -               Initial D
Complete basic tune -   Turbo kit upgrade

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Rear spoiler -          TRD
Front aero -            TRD
Side skirts -           TRD
Bonnet -                TRD

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                RS Watanabe
Rear spoiler -          Techno Pro Spirit
Front aero -            Techno Pro Spirit
Side skirts -           Techno Pro Spirit
Bonnet -                Techno Pro Spirit

Tune course D:
---
Wheels -                RS Watanabe
Muffler -               Ukiya Shoukai
Rear spoiler -          Ukiya Shoukai
Front aero -            Ukiya Shoukai
Side skirts -           Ukiya Shoukai
Bonnet -                Ukiya Shoukai

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6.1.d. MR2 G-Limited (SW20)
_______________________________________________________________________


Drivetrain:       MR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Akagi/Happogahara
Worst course:     Tsuchizaka/Wet Conditions


Car Overview:
---
The MR2 has extremely good turning ability and grants oversteer on 
almost every corner. Countersteering is essential when using this car, 
otherwise you will find yourself face to face with guardrail. It takes 
off from the starting line relatively quickly, but once in top gear, 
the MR2 stalls out pretty noticeably. Things only get worse when you 
drive the MR2 in Wet conditions, where it exhibits terrible traction 
and is prone to wall contact. In summary, this car is a formidable 
car for battles, but can only do average or below in Time Attacks.  


Battle Potential:
---
On its strongest courses, the MR2 can manage under dry conditions. 
But, in a Battle, the car will fishtail if someone is pushing it from 
behind thanks to its small size, which is especially tough to deal 
with against larger cars that have higher top-end acceleration. Also, 
be weary that wet conditions are incredibly problematic, as the MR2 
has zero traction.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
5500 > 5500 > 6000

Tune course A (driven by Kai Kogashiwa):
---
Wheels -                TRD
Muffler -               Initial D

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               TOM'S
Rear spoiler -          TOM'S
Front aero -            TOM'S
Side skirts -           TOM'S
Bonnet -                TOM'S

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                TRD
Muffler -               TRD
Rear spoiler -          C-ONE Motorsports
Front aero -            C-ONE Motorsports
Side skirts -           C-ONE Motorsports

Tune course D:
---
Wheels -                TRD
Muffler -               TRD
Rear spoiler -          TRD
Front aero -            TRD
Side skirts -           TRD

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6.1.e. MR-S (ZZW30)
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Drivetrain:       MR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Akagi/Happogahara
Worst course:     Tsuchizaka/Wet Conditions


Car Overview:
---
The MR-S oversteers during turn-in and will require the user to 
countersteer upon exiting corners. However, it is much more stable 
when compared to some of the other cars that have similar turning 
capabilities (namely, the MR2 or the Cappuccino). Despite the 
impressive handling, the MR-S unfortunately suffers from horrible 
top-gear acceleration and poor traction in Wet Conditions. 


Battle Potential:
---
On a positive note, the MR-S' off-the-line start up is handy in a 
Battle, but if the opponent's car has better overall acceleration, 
get ready to play the blocking game as the MR-S unfortunately tops 
out very early. Also, you will feel fishtailing if someone is right 
on your bumper, so be prepared if you manage to get in front.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
5500 > 5500 > 6000 > 6500

Tune course A:
---
Wheels -                TRD
Muffler -               TRD
Rear spoiler -          Toyota
Front aero -            Toyota
Side skirts -           Toyota  

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               C-ONE Motorsports
Rear spoiler -          C-ONE Motorsports
Front aero -            C-ONE Motorsports
Side skirts -           C-ONE Motorsports

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                TRD
Muffler -               TRD
Rear spoiler -          TRD
Front aero -            TRD
Side skirts -           TRD

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6.1.f. Altezza RS-200 (SXE10)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     6-Gear
Best course:      Shoumaru Pass
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Tsuchizaka


Car Overview:
---
The Altezza offers its driver just enough technical prowess to be a 
competitive vehicle. While it only does about above average on most 
courses during Time Attacks, this car runs superbly on either 
direction of Shoumaru's tricky pass. The SXE 10 has smooth cornering 
ability and decent top-gear acceleration. Its only downside is its 
weak handling under Wet conditions. 


Battle Potential:
---
A highlight about the Altezza is its Battle Potential. With one of 
the best start-ups in the entire game, this car's wide rear is 
pretty difficult to get past once it's in the front position of a 
non-boost Battle.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000 > 7500

Tune course A (driven by Nobuhiko Akiyama):
---
Wheels -                TRD
Muffler -               TRD
Rear spoiler -          TRD
Side skirts -           Toyota

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               C-ONE Motorsports
Rear spoiler -          C-ONE Motorsports
Front aero -            C-ONE Motorsports
Side skirts -           C-ONE Motorsports
Rear bumper -           C-ONE Motorsports
Bonnet -                C-ONE Motorsports

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                TOM'S
Muffler -               TOM'S
Rear spoiler -          TOM'S
Front aero -            TOM'S
Side skirts -           TOM'S
Rear bumper -           TOM'S

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6.1.g. Celica GT-FOUR (ST205)
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Drivetrain:       4WD
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Akina UH
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Tsuchizaka


Car Overview:
---
One of the most drifty 4WD cars in the game, the Celica has decent
turning ability, decent acceleration, and is pretty much average on 
every course. It does, however, excel on one course, and that is 
Akina UH. On this course, its turning ability and overall 
acceleration are greatly upgraded. Additionally, it has a great start 
dash for a 5-Gear car. Recommended for those who want a combination 
of 4WD and FR-type handling.


Battle Potential:
---
As a Mid-tier car, the GT-FOUR's Battle performance is passable. 
Acceleration is its strength with solid starting line speed and a 
good top gear. However, if your opponent is right on your bumper, the 
GT-FOUR's cornering will be greatly affected, so do your best to 
anticipate your opponent's movements to keep your acceleration strong.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A:
---
Wheels -                TRD
Muffler -               C-ONE Motorsports
Rear spoiler -          C-ONE Motorsports
Front aero -            C-ONE Motorsports
Side skirts -           C-ONE Motorsports
Rear aero -             C-ONE Motorsports
Bonnet -                C-ONE Motorsports

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          VARIS
Front aero -            VARIS
Side skirts -           VARIS
Rear aero -             VARIS


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6.2. Nissan

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6.2.a. Skyline GT-R V-spec II (BNR 32)
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Drivetrain:       4WD
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Myogi/Tsuchizaka
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Akina


Car Overview:
---
Driven by the Night Kid's team leader, it's a tough car to drive. It 
has amazing stability and acceleration, but greatly lacks in turning 
ability. Try to avoid courses with many turns, as the R32 will 
understeer dramatically during turn-in and exiting corners. More 
braking is necessary with the R32 than almost any other car. 

The R32's greatest strength is its dominance under Wet Conditions, 
where it can power through most every course with the brute strength 
of its acceleration in its higher gears and high stability exiting 
corners. This is most handy when you take it to its home course of 
Myogi and is excellent on Tsuchizaka.


Battle Potential:
---
The BNR32 is inherently difficult to Battle with as it has pretty 
horrible off-the-line acceleration with your best bet of passing your 
opponent being a straight section where you can go full throttle. 
Stay away from Dry weather since it understeers horribly, but 
remember that the BNR32's wide rear is your tool for victory. It can 
be extremely difficult to get past the R32 if you can manage to get 
ahead and play the blocking game. 


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6500 > 7500 > 8000

Tune course A (driven by Takeshi Nakazato):
---
Wheels -                Initial D
Muffler -               Initial D
Front aero -            Initial D

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               D.Speed
Rear spoiler -          D.Speed
Front aero -            D.Speed
Side skirts -           D.Speed
Rear aero -             D.Speed
Bonnet -                D.Speed

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          Bomex
Front aero -            Bomex
Side skirts -           Bomex
Rear aero -             Bomex

Tune course D:
---
Wheels -                NISMO
Muffler -               NISMO
Rear spoiler -          Kansai.HKS
Bonnet -                Kansai.HKS

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6.2.b. Skyline GT-R V-spec II (BNR34)
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Drivetrain:       4WD
Transmission:     6-Gear
Best course:      Myogi
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Akina


Car Overview:
---
While the BNR34 shares some of the same characteristics of the 
BNR32, which includes the incredibly heavy understeer on the game's 
curvier tracks, this newer version of the Skyline has some quirks of 
its own to separate it from its older brother. Its greatest strength 
is superb acceleration in EVERY gear. Not only does it have good 
acceleration off the starting line, but it also has a strong top gear 
AND its middle gears allow you to make up for any speed lost during 
cornering using pure power. 

As a Time Attack machine, its manageability in Wet conditions is top-
notch, where it grips the road and exits corners with high stability.
Overall, the R34 is rather formidable as a mid-tier car.


Battle Potential:
---
Staying away from Dry conditions is ideal for Battles. But, if you're 
planning on racing against people with any Skyline, the BNR34 is 
easily the top choice. The other GT-Rs in Street Stage are slow off 
the line. But, the BNR34 has one of the best startups in the game, so 
using that to your advantage combined with the ridiculously wide rear 
end that the Skyline's body has, and you have a strong fighting machine.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6500 > 7000 > 7500 > 8000


Tune course A:
---
Wheels -                MINE'S
Muffler -               MINE'S
Rear spoiler -          MINE'S
Front aero -            MINE'S

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                NISMO
Muffler -               NISMO
Rear spoiler -          NISMO
Front aero -            NISMO
Side skirts -           NISMO
Rear aero -             NISMO
Bonnet -                NISMO

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                NISMO
Muffler -               C-WEST
Rear spoiler -          C-WEST
Front aero -            C-WEST
Side skirts -           C-WEST
Rear aero -             C-WEST
Bonnet -                C-WEST

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6.2.c. Skyline 25GT Turbo (ER34)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     6-Gear
Best course:      Shomaru Pass/Tsuchizaka
Worst course:     Akina


Car Overview:
---
Being an FR instead of AWD, the ER34 is the best cornering machine of 
the three Skyline's available in Street Stage. While it shares the 
understeering problem that the other GT-R's have, it's not quite as 
grippy, which affords it better maneuverability (though not much) 
on some of the twistier courses. Like the other Skylines, Wet 
conditions are optimal where it handles best. Its only real weakness 
is its acceleration off the line. But, it compensates with strong top 
speed, making this car an excellent choice in the hands of an 
experienced player.


Battle Potential:
---
The 25GT's biggest strengths are its wide body and stability under wet 
conditions, so as long as you play to its strengths, you can get by in 
a Battle. However, to compensate for its more manageable turning 
capability, the ER34's overall acceleration suffers. So, if your plan 
is to play the blocking game, getting ahead of your opponent will 
depend on how much cleaner your line is, as you'll need the strength 
of your top-gear acceleration to get in front.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6500 > 7000 > 7500 > 8000

Tune course A (driven by Atsuo Kawai):
---
Wheels -                Initial D
Muffler -               Initial D
Front aero -            Initial D
Sticker -               Initial D

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                NISMO
Muffler -               NISMO
Rear spoiler -          NISMO
Front aero -            NISMO
Side skirts -           NISMO
Rear aero -             NISMO

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               C-WEST
Rear spoiler -          C-WEST
Front aero -            C-WEST
Side skirts -           C-WEST
Rear aero -             C-WEST

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6.2.d. Silvia K's (S13)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Usui/Akina DH Wet
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Tsuchizaka  


Car Overview:
---
While the S13 Siliva has a predictable understeer, it has the best 
turning radius of the three S13 models in this game. However, outside 
of its Home Course of Usui, it performs about average across the 
majority of the game's courses. But it also shows dominance on one 
particular track: Akina DH Wet. 

With its strong top-gear acceleration and manageable handling under 
Wet conditions, the S13 is a great car in the hands of an intermediate 
player.

Battle Potential: 
---
The S13 Silvia has strong acceleration off the line, handles pretty 
evenly on all tracks, but understeers on Irohazaka and Tsuchizaka, 
so beware of a tough time if your opponent takes you to either of 
those tracks. 


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6500 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A (driven by Kouichirou Iketani):
---
Wheels -                Initial D
Muffler -               Initial D
Front aero -            NISSAN
Side skirts -           NISSAN
Sticker -               Initial D

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          BOMEX
Front aero -            BOMEX
Side skirts -           BOMEX
Rear aero -             BOMEX

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               Border
Rear spoiler -          Border
Front aero -            Border
Side skirts -           Border
Rear aero -             Border
Bonnet -                Border

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6.2.e. Silvia Q's (S14)
_______________________________________________________________________


Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Akagi/Usui
Worst course:     Shomaru Pass/Tsuchizaka


Car Overview:
---
The S14Q is not an ideal choice for anyone other than an advanced 
player looking for a challenging car to drive. It has slow overall 
acceleration, both off the starting line and on a straight dash. Its 
cornering is not very good on any of the twisty courses in the game, 
and handles poorly under Wet conditions. However, outside of its best 
courses of Akagi and Usui, it can, achieve respectable Time Attack 
results on Happogahara.


Battle Potential:
---
The S14Q is unfortunately crippled by its combination of negative 
characteristics. In a speed Battle, there are few cars it can overtake 
off the line and even fewer cars you can pull away from once in top 
gear. Its handling is tough to manage no matter the weather conditions 
and is heavily affected if someone is riding your bumper. If you plan 
on Battling at all, your best bet is to play towards its strengths by 
sticking to Akagi or Usui. 


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A (driven by Kenta Nakamura):
---
Wheels -                Initial D
Muffler -               Initial D
Rear spoiler -          Initial D
Front aero -            Initial D
Side skirts -           Initial D
Rear aero -             Initial D
Sticker -               NISSAN
Sticker -               Initial D

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               NISMO
Rear spoiler -          NISMO
Front aero -            NISMO
Side skirts -           NISMO
Rear aero -             NISMO

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          D.Speed
Front aero -            D.Speed
Side skirts -           D.Speed
Rear aero -             D.Speed
Side mirrors -          D.Speed
Bonnet -                D.Speed

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6.2.f. Silvia K's Aero (S14)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Usui
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Wet Conditions


Car Overview:
---
The S14 K's Aero Silvia is one of the most overlooked and underrated 
cars in the game, more than likely because it's obviously not a top-
tier vehicle. It has good off-the-line acceleration, decent cornering 
ability and average top speed. Its stability in the rain is a bit 
questionable, but manageable on most courses.

However, as a Time Attack car, this car will do no more than average. 
The reason behind this is the S14 K's limited power band (its 
tachometer limit is 8,000 RPM, with your highest shift point being 
7,000). Because of that, this car will top out very early, but is 
still a very formidable car for anyone looking to experiment with a 
non character-driven car.


Battle Potential:
---
The S14K is comparable in performance to its older brother, the S13K, 
with its average handling outside of its best courses, but lacks top-
gear acceleration to stay truly competitive. Your best bet at victory 
is to drive a cleaner line than your opponent's to ensure you're 
achieving the fastest top-speed possible. You're advised to avoid the 
Tsuchizaka in the rain where this car is its weakest.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A:
---
Wheels -                NISMO
Muffler -               NISMO
Rear spoiler -          NISMO
Front aero -            NISMO
Side skirts -           NISMO
Rear aero -             NISMO

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          Kansai.HKS
Front aero -            Kansai.HKS
Side skirts -           Kansai.HKS
Rear aero -             Kansai.HKS

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                NISMO
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          BOMEX
Front aero -            BOMEX
Side skirts -           BOMEX
Rear aero -             BOMEX
Side mirrors -          BOMEX

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6.2.g. Silvia Spec-R (S15)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     6-Gear
Best course:      Myogi/Usui
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Tsuchizaka/Wet Conditions


Car Overview:
---
The Silvia Spec-R is easily one of the most challenging cars this game 
has to offer. In Arcade Stage Version 2, this was one the lowest 
ranked cars of the entire game. In Version 3/Street Stage, it has 
continued to uphold that reputation. 

Out of all the cars in the game with 6-speed transmission, this is the 
worst overall with its lackluster acceleration. The S15 is not very 
stable on any track that isn't Usui. Under Wet driving conditions, 
this car has almost non-existent stability as the rear of the vehicle 
moves outward while cornering. If your aim is to find a car where 
skill alone is your reason to race, look no further than the S15.


Battle Potential:
---
On a positive note, the S15 has incredible starting acceleration that 
is arguably the best in the entire game, regardless of optimal shift 
points. That is a key tool if you plan on taking this car into Battle. 
Unfortunately, its slow top gear (coupled with the S15's already 
frustrating handling) tilts a Battle in favor of your rival, so plan 
on utilizing blocking to stay in front.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6200 > 6700 > 7000

Tune course A:
---
Wheels -                NISMO
Muffler -               NISMO
Rear spoiler -          NISMO
Front aero -            NISMO
Side skirts -           NISMO
Rear aero -             NISMO

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               C-WEST
Rear spoiler -          C-WEST
Front aero -            C-WEST
Side skirts -           C-WEST
Rear aero -             C-WEST
Bonnet -                C-WEST

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                NISMO
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          D.Speed
Front aero -            D.Speed
Side skirts -           D.Speed
Rear aero -             D.Speed
Bonnet -                D.Speed

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6.2.h. 180SX Type X (RPS13)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Usui/Akina DH Wet
Worst course:     Irohazaka (Wet)/Tsuchizaka (Wet)


Car Overview:
---
Back in Version 2, the RPS13 was only about average, at best. But, 
here in Version 3/Street Stage, this is one of the more balanced cars 
in the entire game and will serve you well with little trouble as it 
relatively strong on just about every course.

The 180sx's handling is the direct opposite of the S13 Silvia; it 
feels like more of a grip car and is much more stable, overall. It 
has tolerable understeer on anything that isn't Usui, but still runs 
exceptionally well. Run a clean enough line and this car's strong 
acceleration will make up for any speed you've lost during cornering. 
Its only real downside is that it loses traction in Wet conditions. 
Good on Time Attacks as well as Battles, this car is an excellent 
choice.


Battle Potential:
---
As mentioned earlier, the 180sx is good as long as you stay away 
from Wet conditions, where it loses all traction. However, if that Wet 
course is Akina DH, the 180sx can hold its own with the top-tier cars. 
The RPS13 is a great pick if you plan on doing a mix of Time Attacks 
and Battling.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A (driven by Kenji):
---
Wheels -                Initial D
Muffler -               Initial D
Front aero -            NISSAN
Sticker -               Initial D

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               C-WEST
Rear spoiler -          C-WEST
Front aero -            C-WEST
Side skirts -           C-WEST
Rear aero -             C-WEST
Bonnet -                C-WEST

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          BOMEX
Front aero -            BOMEX
Side skirts -           BOMEX
Rear aero -             BOMEX

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6.2.i. SILEIGHTY (RPS13)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Usui
Worst course:     Irohazaka (Wet)/Tsuchizaka (Wet)


Car Overview:
---
Driven by none other than the infamous 'Angels of Usui', Impact Blue,
otherwise known as Mako and Sayuki. The car itself is a hybrid of the
S13 family, taking the body styling of the 180sx and putting on the
front end of the S13. 

The overall feel of the S13KAI (or simply put, SilEighty) is 
relatively close to that of the 180sx, right down to their similar 
Time Attack Results. When compared side by side, though, the 
SilEighty seems to handle Wet conditions a little better, albeit not 
by much. This is definitely the car you want if variety is your game, 
as it's just as good a Time Attack car as it is a Battle car.


Battle Potential:
---
If you plan on battling, the SilEighty is a strong choice with its 
decent off-the-line acceleration, manageable cornering ability and 
strong top-gear. As with the other S13s, don't get suckered into a 
rain Battle where this car has no traction and slides out on hairpins.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A (driven by Mako Sato & Sayuki):
---
Wheels -                Initial D
Muffler -               Initial D
Rear spoiler -          Initial D
Side skirts -           Initial D

Tune course B:
---

Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               C-WEST
Rear spoiler -          C-WEST
Front aero -            C-WEST
Side skirts -           C-WEST
Rear aero -             C-WEST

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               Border
Rear spoiler -          Border
Front aero -            Border
Side skirts -           Border
Rear aero -             Border
Side mirrors -          Border
Bonnet -                Border


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6.3. Honda

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6.3.a. Civic Type R (EK9)
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Drivetrain:       FF
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Happogahara
Worst course:     Usui/Irohazaka


Car Overview:
---
New players need not apply, as the Civic Type R is a car intended for 
experienced players. The EK9 has many glaring flaws that set it apart 
from the top tier cars in the game. It does, however, differentiate 
itself from its older sibling, the EG6, with its overall stronger 
acceleration, although the EK9's actual top speed isn't that high 
(take it to Usui, and compare it to the top speed a Nissan can achieve 
and you'll see what I mean). 

Wet weather is not particularly kind to the Civic Type R either, where 
it loses traction upon exiting corners. Additionally, it has incredibly 
slow acceleration off the starting line and understeers away from its 
home course of Happogahara, which is really its only redeeming quality. 

Battle Potential:
---
The EK9 is certainly not a viable Battle car as it lacks some key 
features to keep it competitive. It has lower than average starting 
line speed and a so-so top gear. If anything, Dry weather is preferable 
for racing conditions, but it is manageable in the rain if you 
anticipate its loss of traction when taking corners full force. Be 
sure to drive a clean line to make use of what acceleration you can 
gain. 


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6500 > 7000 > 7500

Tune course A (driven by Daiki Ninomiya):
---

Wheels -                Initial D
Muffler -               Initial D
Rear spoiler -          SPOON
Side mirrors -          SPOON

Tune course B (driven by Tomoyuki Tachi):
---

Wheels -                SPOON
Muffler -               Initial D
Side mirrors -          SPOON
Bonnet -                SPOON

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Mugen Power
Muffler -               Mugen Power
Rear spoiler -          Mugen Power
Front aero -            Mugen Power
Side skirts -           Mugen Power
Rear aero -             Mugen Power

Tune course D:

---

Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          BOMEX
Front aero -            BOMEX
Side skirts -           BOMEX
Rear aero -             BOMEX
Side mirrors -          BOMEX

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6.3.b. Civic SiR-II (EG6)
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Drivetrain:       FF
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Happogahara
Worst course:     Everything else =)


Car Overview:
---
In Version 2, the Honda Civic SiR-II catered toward people that 
prefer driving under Wet Conditions, as the car controlled steadily 
and cornered strong on just about every course. However, in Version 
3/Street Stage, it's sluggish no matter the driving conditions and 
understeers on every track with the exception of Happogahara where 
it's actually one of the better cars suited for the course. 

To round out the package, the EG6's acceleration abilities (off the 
line as well as top gear) are, in a word, horrible. With zero Time 
Attack and/or Battle Potential, this car is nothing but an expert 
driver's choice. 


Battle Potential:
---
Not much to say here but stay away from this car if you plan on 
Battling, at all. The EG6 has very little redeeming qualities other 
than its capabilities on courses it excels at, but you'll have 
extreme difficulty managing its flaws away from its Home Course.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 7000 > 7500

Tune course A (driven by Shingo Shouji):
---
Wheels -                Mugen Power
Muffler -               Initial D
Front aero -            Initial D

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Mugen Power
Muffler -               Mugen Power
Front aero -            Mugen Power
Side skirts -           Mugen Power

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                SPOON
Muffler -               SPOON
Rear spoiler -          SPOON
Front aero -            SPOON
Side mirrors -          SPOON
Bonnet -                SPOON

Tune course D:
---
Wheels -                RS Watanabe
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          C-WEST
Front aero -            C-WEST
Side skirts -           C-WEST
Rear aero -             C-WEST

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6.3.c. Integra Type R (DC2)
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Drivetrain:       FF
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Happogahara
Worst course:     Wet Conditions


Car Overview:
---
The DC2 was, without a doubt, the most dominant car in Version 2. It 
was, unfortunately, completely nerfed in Version 3, and carries this 
over into Street Stage. The Integra Type R has very low traction no 
matter the weather conditions, and its top speed is not even 
comparable to a mid-ranked car in this game. 

Wet conditions are an invitation for frustrating driving as this car 
handles poorly in rain (which gets even worse if you have the 
Turbocharger from A-Tune equipped). However, it can still achieve 
respectable Time Attack results on its Home Course of Happogahara. 
With its terrible start up-speed and overall subpar attributes, I 
recommend you go with the EK9 if you're looking to hop into any 
of the available FF Hondas in this game.


Battle Potential:
---
In Version 2, the DC2's recovery after wall contact was way beyond 
any car in the game, so this was far and ahead the only choice for 
head-to-head play. However, in Version 3 onward, this car was heavily 
downgraded and is tough to recommend to anyone but a seasoned player 
due to its slow overall acceleration and poor traction when attacking 
corners. 


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6500 > 7000 > 7500

Tune course A (driven by Smiley Sakai):
---
Wheels -                Initial D
Muffler -               Initial D
Bonnet -                SPOON
Complete Basic Tune -   Turbocharger upgrade

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Mugen Power
Muffler -               Mugen Power
Rear spoiler -          Mugen Power
Front aero -            Mugen Power
Side skirts -           Mugen Power
Bonnet -                Mugen Power

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                SPOON
Muffler -               SPOON
Front aero -            SPOON
Side mirrors -          SPOON
Bonnet -                SPOON

Tune course D:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               C-WEST
Rear spoiler -          C-WEST
Front aero -            C-WEST
Side skirts -           C-WEST
Rear aero -             C-WEST
Bonnet -                C-WEST

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6.3.d. S2000 (AP1)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     6-Gear
Best course:      Myogi/Happogahara
Worst course:     Tsuchizaka


Car Overview:
---
The S2000 is one of the more interesting cars. This FR Honda has good 
off-the-line acceleration as well as decent speed in top gear. But, 
because of its 6-speed gear box, driving it is tricky. Like the AE86 
Trueno with its racing engine upgrade, you must be mindful of your 
RPMs or the car will stall if you aren't hitting the optimal shift 
points.

As for its physical attributes, the S2000's turning ability is pretty 
good, but does exhibit some understeer when cornering, while under 
Wet conditions, the rear of tends to move outward. Cornering with 
anticipation is necessary in order to take better advantage of 
acceleration in the higher gears. While not a difficult car to get 
used to, I would not recommend this car to a beginner. But, if you 
want a car with similar attributes (that's actually much better 
overall) give the AE86 Trueno a try first.


Battle Potential:
---
The S2000's acceleration abilities (both off-the-line and top gear) 
are what make this a pretty good car for Battles. Just avoid tracks 
that have many turns that involve full braking that can bring your top 
speed down because that will give your opponent a chance to overtake 
you and pull away.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6500 > 7200 > 7500 > 8000

Tune course A:
---
Wheels -                Mugen Power
Rear aero -             Mugen Power
Muffler -               Mugen Power
Rear spoiler -          Mugen Power
Front aero -            Mugen Power
Bonnet -                Mugen Power

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               Honda Twincam Works
Rear spoiler -          Honda Twincam Works
Front aero -            Honda Twincam Works
Side skirts -           Honda Twincam Works
Rear aero -             Honda Twincam Works
Bonnet -                Honda Twincam Works

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                SPOON
Muffler -               C-WEST
Rear spoiler -          C-WEST
Front aero -            C-WEST
Side skirts -           C-WEST
Rear aero -             C-WEST


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6.4. Mitsubishi

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6.4.a. Lancer Evo III GSR (CE9A)
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Drivetrain:       4WD
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Akagi
Worst course:     Shoumaru Pass


Car Overview: 
---
The Evo III does not exhibit the same level of Time Attack potential 
that some of the newer Lan Evo models available in Initial D Street 
Stage do, but it can hold its own, regardless of Wet or Dry weather. 
However, on its weakest courses, you will feel the Evo III's 
understeer. Coupled with decent top-gear acceleration, this car can 
be vicious in the hands of an experienced driver.


Battle Potential:
---
The Evo III is best known in the manga/anime for its 'Misfiring 
system'. Using Tune course A in this game, the Evo III's acceleration 
off the line gets a bit of a boost. So, take that into consideration 
if you plan on Battling. Its weakest course is Shoumaru Pass, where 
it understeers the most. But, outside of its Home Course of Irohazaka, 
this car DOES, show dominance on one other course: Akagi, with only 
the RX-8 rivaling its overall performance there. 


Recommended Shift Points:
---
5500 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A (driven by Kyoichi Sudo):
---
Muffler -               Initial D
Sticker -               Initial D
Complete Basic Tune -   Misfiring System

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          Kansai.HKS
Front aero -            Kansai.HKS

Tune course C:
---

Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               CREATIVE Sports
Rear spoiler -          CREATIVE Sports
Side mirrors -          CREATIVE Sports

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6.4.b. Lancer Evo IV RS (CN9A)
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Drivetrain:       4WD
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Irohazaka
Worst course:     Akina


Car Overview:
---
Although this car may seem like a twin to the Evo III at first, its 
performance is vastly superior, overall. While it is king of 
Irohazaka, alongside the Evo III, the Evo IV surpasses its older 
brother in both cornering ability and acceleration, performing well 
across all of the game's courses. 

The Evo IV also has a peculiar way of turning; it will understeer 
slightly at turn-in, so it may seem like the car is headed for the 
wall, but its turning radius gets smaller midway through the turn and 
it exits the corner well. Therefore, keep in mind with the Evo IV 
that you will have to turn a little earlier to get close to the apex 
than you would with most other cars.


Battle Potential:
---
The Evo IV fares well on just about every course, no matter the 
weather conditions. Even with its below-average acceleration, the 
strengths of the Evo IV greatly outweigh its weaknesses and you'll 
have no problem being competitive in a Battle.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A (driven by Seiji Iwaki):
---
Wheels -                Initial D
Front aero -            Initial D
Sticker -               Monster International
Sticker -               Initial D

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               Kansai.HKS
Rear spoiler -          Kansai.HKS
Front aero -            Kansai.HKS

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          VALDI Sport
Front aero -            VALDI Sport

Tune course D:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               BOZZSPEED
Rear spoiler -          BOZZSPEED
Front aero -            BOZZSPEED

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6.4.c. Lancer Evo V RS GSR (CP9A)
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Drivetrain:       4WD
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Tsuchizaka
Worst course:     Akina


Car Overview:
---
The Evo V's overall performance is similar to that of its older 
brother, the Evo IV, with comparable off-the-line acceleration and top 
speed, but differs ever so slightly in its turning ability. The Evo V 
exhibits more understeer and sliding than that of the Evo IV, but 
is still manageable, so it's more of a matter of preference for your 
cornering style. 


Battle Potential:
---
The Evo V is user-friendly for a driver that does an even amount of 
Time Attacks and Battles. I recommend it as a starter car for learning 
the ins and outs of the game before branching out to other cars that 
cater more towards unique driving styles.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A (driven by The Man of Lancer Evolution V):
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               Initial D

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               Kansai Racing Service
Rear spoiler -          Kansai Racing Service
Front aero -            Kansai Racing Service

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Monster International
Muffler -               Monster International
Rear spoiler -          Monster International
Front aero -            Monster International
Rear aero -             Monster International
Bonnet -                Monster International

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6.4.d. Lancer Evo VI GSR T.M. Edition (CP9A)
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Drivetrain:       4WD
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Myogi/Tsuchizaka
Worst course:     Shomaru Pass


Car Overview:
---
The Evo VI is a decent car, but is bogged down by some key 
characteristics that keep it from being truly great. The CP9A handles 
pretty well in Wet conditions, where it grips corners while giving its 
driver a fair degree of control. However, the same cannot be said 
about its performance in Dry weather, where it understeers on most 
courses. 

The Evo VI's major flaw is that it's hindered by subpar acceleration 
both off the starting line as well as in its top gear. Considering all 
of that, take up the Evo VI if you're a skilled veteran that doesn't 
need good top speed to be competitive.


Battle Potential:
---
The Evo VI offers just enough potential for it to excel in the hands of 
an experienced player. To ensure victory, your best bet is to play to 
the its strengths, most notably that it fares a little better in Wet 
weather than in Dry conditions. Because it grips the road so well in the 
rain, the Evo VI is serviceable when playing the blocking game, so use 
that to your advantage.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A (driven by The Man of Lancer Evolution VI):
---
Muffler -               Initial D
Rear spoiler -          Initial D

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                RALLI ART
Muffler -               VARIS
Rear spoiler -          VARIS
Front aero -            VARIS
Rear areo -             VARIS
Bonnet -                VARIS

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          Valdi Sport
Front aero -            Valdi Sport
Rear aero -             Valdi Sport
Side Mirrors -          Valdi Sport

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6.4.e. Lancer Evo VII GSR (CT9A)
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Drivetrain:       4WD
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Myogi/Tsuchizaka
Worst course:     Shomaru Pass


Car Overview:
---
The Evo VII was crafted for veteran players that know the ins and outs 
of the game, as this car sits in the middle of the car rankings. From 
its starting line speed to its top-gear acceleration and predictable 
understeer, everything The Evo VII exhibits is about average. Its 
turning ability is terrible outside of its best courses, Myogi and 
Tsuchizaka. 


Battle Potential:
---
If the Evo VII is your car of choice, take note that it fares better 
under Wet conditions, so use that to your advantage.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A:
---
Wheels -                RALLI ART
Muffler -               RALLI ART
Rear spoiler -          VALDI Sport
Front aero -            VALDI Sport
Bonnet -                VALDI Sport

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               CREATIVE Sports
Rear spoiler -          CREATIVE Sports
Front aero -            CREATIVE Sports
Bonnet -                CREATIVE Sports

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Monster International
Muffler -               Monster International
Rear spoiler -          Monster International
Front aero -            Monster International
Rear aero -             Monster International
Bonnet -                Monster International


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6.5. Mazda

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6.5.a. RX-7 Type R (FD3SI)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Akagi/Akina
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Shoumaru Pass


Car Overview:
---
The FD Type R is a strong overall car making it an excellent choice 
for beginners. Due to its excellent acceleration, good stability, and 
stable cornering ability, it is one of the most balanced cars 
available as it excels on just about every course. And, because it's 
such a grippy car, it is also a strong car under Wet conditions. 
However, take this car to Irohazaka or Shomaru Pass, and you'll feel 
understeer. 

Note that under B-tune (Kyoko Iwase's tune) the final basic tuning 
upgrade is the replacement of the FD's twin turbo system with one 
large turbine. This offers better top-gear acceleration at the expense 
of cornering speed (in and out of corners). While it won't affect Time 
Attacks, the difference in acceleration is apparent.


Battle Potential:
---
The RX-7 Type R runs exceptionally well no matter what situation you 
throw at it. With its stable turning ability and excellent 
acceleration, you'll be hard-pressed to find a Battle you can't 
compete in.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A (driven by Keisuke Takahashi):
---
Wheels -                MAZDA SPEED
Muffler -               Initial D
Rear spoiler -          MAZDA SPEED
Front aero -            MAZDA SPEED
Sticker -               Initial D

Tune course B (driven by Kyoko Iwase):
---

Wheels -                REamemiya
Muffler -               Initial D
Rear spoiler -          Mazda
Front aero -            Border
Side skirts -           Border
Side mirrors -          Initial D
Bonnet -                Initial D
Complete Basic Tune -   Single turbine

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                REamemiya
Muffler -               REamemiya
Rear spoiler -          REamemiya
Front aero -            REamemiya
Side skirts -           REamemiya
Rear aero -             REamemiya
Bonnet -                REamemiya

Tune course D:
---
Wheels -                MAZDA SPEED
Muffler -               MAZDA SPEED
Rear spoiler -          MAZDA SPEED
Front aero -            MAZDA SPEED
Side skirts -           MAZDA SPEED
Rear aero -             MAZDA SPEED
Bonnet -                MAZDA SPEED

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6.5.b. RX-7 Spirit R Type A (FD3SV)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Akagi/Akina
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Shoumaru Pass


Car Overview:
---
The RX-7 Spirit R and the RX-7 Type R share similar overall 
attributes, right down to the fact that they produce similar Time 
Attack results across all courses. The main difference between the 
FD3SI and the FD3SV is in their turning ability; the Spirit R 
exhibits a little more drift while cornering, so it's more a matter 
of preference of which feels better. 

With its good stability, strong acceleration, and steady turning 
ability no matter the weather conditions, the Spirit R is a good all-
around car that anyone can drive.


Battle Potential:
---
Not much to add over what's already been said about the Spirit R and 
the Type R other than figuring out which one of these cars feels 
better. 


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A:
---
Wheels -                MAZDA SPEED
Muffler -               MAZDA SPEED
Rear spoiler -          MAZDA SPEED
Front aero -            MAZDA SPEED
Side skirts -           MAZDA SPEED
Side mirrors -          MAZDA SPEED
Bonnet -                MAZDA SPEED

Tune course B:
---

Wheels -                REamemiya
Muffler -               Fujita Engineering
Rear spoiler -          Fujita Engineering
Front aero -            Fujita Engineering
Side skirts -           Fujita Engineering
Side mirrors -          Fujita Engineering
Bonnet -                Fujita Engineering

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6.5.c. RX-7 Infini III (FC3S)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Akagi
Worst course:     Tsuchizaka


Car Overview:
---
Driven by 'The White Comet of Akagi', Takahashi Ryosuke, he drives 
the FC with the understanding that there are more powerful cars out 
there. But he stuck to it because it's not about the car, it's about 
the driver. That philosophy totally applies here.

While the FD depends on stability, predictable understeer, and 
acceleration, the FC relies solely on its cornering ability. Its 
oversteer is quite controllable but it lacks brute strength when in 
top gear. The FC is an overall average car that shows its potential 
based on the skill of the driver behind the wheel.


Battle Potential:
---
Like many of the FRs in the game, you'll want to make sure that you 
drive the cleanest line possible to ensure that you're getting the 
most out of the FC3S' limited acceleration, since any wall contact 
hinders its speed. Staying away from any courses that exploit the 
FC's weaknesses is essential, particularly courses that require 
strong top-gear acceleration.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
5000 > 5500 > 6000

Tune course A (driven by Ryosuke Takahashi):
---
Wheels -                RS Watanabe
Muffler -               Initial D
Front aero -            Fujita Engineering
Side mirrors -          Initial D
Sticker -               Initial D

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                MAZDA SPEED
Muffler -               MAZDA SPEED
Rear spoiler -          MAZDA SPEED
Front aero -            MAZDA SPEED
Bonnet -                MAZDA SPEED

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                REamemiya
Muffler -               REamemiya
Rear spoiler -          REamemiya
Front aero -            REamemiya
Side skirts -           REamemiya
Rear aero -             REamemiya
Side mirrors -          REamemiya

Tune course D:
---
Wheels -                RS Watanabe
Muffler -               Fujita Engineering
Rear spoiler -          Fujita Engineering
Front aero -            Fujita Engineering
Side skirts -           Fujita Engineering
Rear aero -             Fujita Engineering
Side mirrors -          Fujita Engineering

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6.5.c. Roadster S Special (NA6CE)
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Drivetrain:       FR 
Transmission:     5-Gear 
Best course:      Happogahara
Worst course:     Any track that requires high top-speed


Car Overview:
---
It's a safe bet to call this the weakest overall car in the game. 
The NA6CE exhibits incredible turning ability on almost every course 
with its oversteer, allowing the driver to exit any corner with high 
stability. However, under Wet Conditions it loses all traction as the 
rear of the vehicle slides outward once tackling a corner full force. 

Its major flaw is that it has TERRIBLE acceleration once in top gear. 
Because of that, Time Attack results will be below average despite 
utilizing ideal driving lines. This car is for people looking to make 
the game the most challenging it can be by limiting overall 
acceleration in oppose to difficult handling.


Battle Potential:
---
The Roadster S Special is a cripple in Battle thanks to its 
inability to accelerate. It's impossible to hold a lead due to its 
poor top-gear acceleration and too small of a car to play an 
effective blocking game with. 


Recommended Shift Points:
---
5000 > 5500 > 6000 > 6500

Tune course A (driven by Tooru Tsugetsu):
---
Wheels -                MAZDA
Muffler -               Initial D
Front aero -            MAZDA
Rear aero -             MAZDA
Side mirrors -          MAZDA
Bonnet -                MAZDA
Complete Basic Tune -   Increased Cylinder Bore

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               REamemiya
Rear spoiler -          REamemiya
Front aero -            REamemiya
Side skirts -           REamemiya
Rear aero -             REamemiya
Side mirrors -          REamemiya

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               MAZDA SPEED
Rear spoiler -          Kansai.HKS
Front aero -            Kansai.HKS
Side skirts -           Kansai.HKS

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6.5.d. RX-8 Type S (SE3P)
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Drivetrain:       FR 
Transmission:     6-Gear 
Best course:      Akagi/Shomaru Pass
Worst course:     Akina


Car Overview:
---
Factoring Battle Potential, average Time Attack results, and car 
performance, the RX-8 is the best overall car in the game. This is 
due, in part, to its amazing top-gear acceleration, which is one of 
the best in both Dry and Wet conditions. However, unlike the easily-
accessible Integra Type R of Arcade Stage Version 2, there's a 
compromise for the SE3P's excellent top speed: The RX-8's cornering 
ability.

Outside of its home course of Shomaru Pass, the RX-8 hugs corners 
during entry but understeers severely once you exit a turn. Learn to 
cope with this peculiarity by early turn-in while attacking corners 
and The RX-8 is the best car for Time Attacks.

Battle Potential:
---
The RX-8 may excel at Time Attacks, but translating that potential 
into a head-to-head Battle is dependent on how well the driver 
manages its understeer, because its top speed is hard to match, 
particularly on courses with high-speed sections.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6500 > 7000 > 7500 > 7500 > 8000

Tune course A:
---
Wheels -                MAZDA SPEED
Muffler -               MAZDA SPEED
Front aero -            MAZDA SPEED
Rear aero -             MAZDA SPEED
Side mirrors -          MAZDA SPEED
Bonnet -                MAZDA SPEED

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               REamemiya
Rear spoiler -          REamemiya
Front aero -            REamemiya
Side skirts -           REamemiya
Rear aero -             REamemiya
Side mirrors -          REamemiya

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               Fujita Engineering
Rear spoiler -          Fujita Engineering
Front aero -            Fujita Engineering
Side mirrors -          Fujita Engineering

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6.5.e. Roadster RS (NB8C)
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Drivetrain:       FR 
Transmission:     6-Gear 
Best course:      Happogahara
Worst course:     Any track that requires high top-speed


Car Overview:
---
The NB8C has excellent cornering ability with very manageable 
oversteer in both Dry and Wet conditions. But, the Roadster RS, like 
the Roadster S Special, is a car that only seasoned drivers should 
consider driving, the main reason being its lack of top-gear 
acceleration. 

Battle Potential:
---
The biggest strength the NB8C carries into Battle is that it has what 
is the undisputed best off-the-line acceleration in the game. But, no 
matter how well you drive the Roadster RS, most cars will beat out 
the Roadster with their top-gear acceleration. Also, blocking is 
incredibly difficult due its small size. You'll want to stick to 
courses made up of many low-speed sections to be the most competitive 
with the Roadster RS.



Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               MAZDA SPEED
Rear spoiler -          MAZDA SPEED
Front aero -            MAZDA SPEED
Side skirts -           MAZDA SPEED
Rear aero -             MAZDA SPEED

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          REamemiya
Front aero -            REamemiya
Side skirts -           REamemiya
Rear aero -             REamemiya

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                RS Watanabe
Muffler -               MAZDA SPEED
Rear spoiler -          Kansai.HKS
Front aero -            Kansai.HKS
Side skirts -           Kansai.HKS


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6.6. Subaru

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6.6.a. Impreza WRX STi ver. VI (GC8VI)
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Drivetrain:       4WD
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Akina
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Shomaru Pass (RWet)


Car Overview:
---
The GC8 features an understeer that is noticeable but manageable on 
Dry courses, and exhibits stable handling in corners under Wet 
conditions. It's easy to overlook the GC8 VI due to its overall 
average performance across the game's available courses on Dry 
weather. However, it's particularly strong on one course: Akina. The 
Time Attack results it can achieve (specifically on the Hillclimb) 
make it one of the better cars for the course. 

I'd recommend this car if you consider Akina your personal Home 
Course, but still want something that can manage elsewhere.

Battle Potential:
---
The GC8 carries into Battle a pretty handy tool: its large body. 
Playing the blocking game with this car makes it pretty solid in a 
head-to-head race. But inversely, its acceleration, both at the start 
dash as well as when you reach top gear, isn't that great. So, if 
you're opponent pulls away, the speed deficit may be difficult to 
overcome.


Recommended Shift Points:
---
6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               STi
Rear spoiler -          STi
Front aero -            STi
Bonnet -                STi

Tune course B:
---
Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               SYMS
Rear spoiler -          SYMS
Front aero -            SYMS
Side skirts -           SYMS
Rear aero -             SYMS
Bonnet -                SYMS

Tune course C:
---
Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               ZERO/SPORTS
Rear spoiler -          ZERO/SPORTS
Front aero -            ZERO/SPORTS
Side skirts -           ZERO/SPORTS
Rear aero -             ZERO/SPORTS
Side mirrors -          ZERO/SPORTS
Bonnet -                ZERO/SPORTS

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6.6.b. Subaru WRX STi (GDB)
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Drivetrain:       4WD
Transmission:     6-Gear
Best course:      Akina
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Shomaru Pass (Rain)


Car Overview:
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Out of all the cars in the game with a 6-speed transmission, the GDB 
is the easiest to drive and get used to. In Dry weather, it has decent 
top speed, and corners with high stability. It fairs a little better 
under Wet conditions where it's less grippy. 

If you're looking to experiment with cars that have 6-gears before 
fully committing, the GDB is a good one to try out. It will take you 
very deep into the game with little struggle.

Battle Potential:
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The GDB is an exceptional car for Battles due to its unique 
combination of characteristics. Its acceleration at the start dash is 
one of the best in the game. Couple that with one of the largest rear 
bumpers of any car in Initial D Street Stage, and you can win races 
by blocking an opponent all the way to the goal. While that may seem 
unfair to opposing drivers, its top gear suffers a bit so the GDB has 
a tougher time in a Battle of pure speed. 


Recommended Shift Points:
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6000 > 6000 > 6500 > 7000

Tune course A:
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Wheels -                STi
Muffler -               STi
Rear spoiler -          STi
Front aero -            STi

Tune course B:
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Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               ZERO/SPORTS
Rear spoiler -          ZERO/SPORTS
Front aero -            ZERO/SPORTS
Side skirts -           ZERO/SPORTS
Rear aero -             ZERO/SPORTS

Tune course C:
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Wheels -                Enkei
Muffler -               SYMS
Rear spoiler -          SYMS
Front aero -            SYMS
Side skirts -           SYMS
Rear aero -             SYMS

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6.6.c. Impreza WRX Type R ver. V (GC8V)
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Drivetrain:       4WD
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Akagi/Akina
Worst course:     Irohazaka/Shomaru Pass


Car Overview:
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Driven by the infamous Bunta Fujiwara, the GC8V is a superb overall 
car. Good stability, powerful top-end acceleration, and good turning 
capability round out a very nice package. It's relatively strong on 
almost all courses in both Dry and Wet conditions. Highly recommended 
for beginners, however, in the hands of an expert driver, this car is 
a monster.

Battle Potential:
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While the GC8V has strong overall attributes, its acceleration at the 
start dash is about average, so most victories that come from driving 
this car stem from how well you have a handle on it. 


Recommended Shift Points:
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6000 > 6500 > 7000

To Unlock:
Complete 'Legend of the Streets' mode to obtain Rival Card #163. 
Then, access the Card Collection mode and view the card. This unlocks 
'The Bunta Challenge' mode as well as the GC8V.

Note:
This car has no tune courses. You have access to the Internal Tuning 
upgrades, but there are no external parts to unlock for this car.


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6.7. Suzuki

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Cappuccino (EA11R)
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Drivetrain:       FR
Transmission:     5-Gear
Best course:      Myogi/Shoumaru Pass/Akagi
Worst course:     Wet conditions


Car Overview:
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Likely the toughest car to drive in the game, the 'Capp' makes the
MR2's oversteer pale in comparison as it has incredible turning 
ability on almost every course. Acceleration is weak in the lower 
gears but improves greatly at higher speeds. Its shift points are 
also tricky as shifting too early will cause the engine to stall 
horribly. 

Battle Potential:
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Due to its interesting characteristics, you can call the Cappuccino 
a 'high-risk, high-reward' car. The Capp has the best top-gear 
acceleration in the game, but only highly-skilled drivers that drive 
a clean line with minimal wall contact can harness and use it to its 
maximum potential. To balance out all these positives, however, there 
is one negative: The Capp has the worst starting line acceleration in 
the game. 


Recommended Shift Points:
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8000 > 9500 > 10500

Tune course A (driven by Tsukamoto):
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Wheels -                Initial D
Muffler -               Initial D
Rear spoiler -          Initial D
Front aero -            Initial D

Tune course B:
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Wheels -                Volk Racing
Muffler -               Suzuki Sports
Rear spoiler -          Suzuki Sports
Front aero -            Suzuki Sports
Side skirts -           Suzuki Sports
Rear aero -             Suzuki Sports

Tune course C:
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Wheels -                RS Watanabe
Muffler -               Fujitsubo
Rear spoiler -          HEART LAND
Front aero -            HEART LAND
Side skirts -           HEART LAND
Rear aero -             HEART LAND


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7. Links
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http://www.hitmaker.co.jp/INITIALD/
This is the official website for their Initial D games. The internet
rankings are up for anyone willing to put their times in (just don't
feel bad when you see how fast people are, lol). You can still find
information on the characters, cars, and mountain passes in Initial D,
not to mention information on each game's different game modes.  

http://www.go2id.net/
Initial D World. Definitely the go-to Initial D fansite. Even has 
some drifting information if you're interested, as well as the best 
forums for talking anything Initial D.

http://www.funimation.com/shows/initial-d
Do yourself a favor and check out Funimation's version of Initial D.
They did what Tokyopop SHOULD HAVE done originally; a well-acted,
faithful dub. All I'm asking for now is Initial D on Blu-Ray and
English versions of Fifth/Final Stage and I'll be a happy Initial D
fan :)

http://www.neoseeker.com
This website is dedicated to the video gaming community.

http://faqs.ign.com
This is IGN's FAQ site. You can find this FAQ there as well as many
video game related material  (codes, cheats, reviews, etc.)

jeffrokkz2k1@yahoo.com
My e-mail in the case you want to contact me =)


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8. Credits & Copyrights
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To GameFAQs for hosting my FAQs. 

To Shuichi Shigeno for creating Initial D. 

To Sega and their Sega Rosso (now Hitmaker!) development team for
developing, publishing and releasing Initial D Arcade Stage. If it
wasn't for that game, we wouldn't have this game.

To Sega of America for bringing Arcade Stage out in North America.

And finally... to YOU, the reader of this FAQ. Thank you for 
reading! I hope you found the information that has been compiled in 
this document of good use :)

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This game is a work of fiction. All names and characters, places, and 
organizations in the story are fictional. 
Follow the traffic rules and drive safely.

All manufacturers, cars, names, brands and associated imagery 
featured in this game are trademarks and/or copyrighted materials 
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All rights reserved.

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