When tuning your Pony it is important that you get it right so follow our Pony tuning overview and see which the best modifications are.
Available in standard form with power of upto 72bhp (depending on the year), so this goes to show the tuning potential of the Pony. From this you can increase the power from anywhere between 79.2bhp to 122.4bhp and this would take a lot more than just bolting on a massive exhaust and adding a go faster stripe.
For serious power hikes like this you would need to look at rebores, porting and polishing and add into the mix a hefty dose of forced induction.
An engine swap with that from the 72bhp Pony Hatchback will give a massive power gain and provide a better base to work from. Lighter cars respond very well to tuning, if your car is heavy then your first job should include weight reduction. The most frequent modification we see on the Pony include washable replacement panel air filters and a fuel pressure boost valve. A fast road cam will make quite a reasonable difference to the peak power of you Pony.
NOTE: BHP POWER GAINS ARE PROPORTIONAL TO YOUR BASE BHP. The more you start with the better your gain will be. Do an engine swap rather than waste time on small engines. Internal engine modifications that should be high up on your list would be polishing and porting the head. Some Pony owners report increased MPG with a flowed headSuspension upgrades are next on every Pony owners priority list. The Car Tuning Guide do not recommend lowering more than 35mm.
We will have more detailed Pony modification guides in the near future. Please check the site regularly for updates.
These sites provide useful further reference on the mods we have recommended:
Car Tuning – TorqueCars cover just about everything on car tuning and car mods.
Car Tuning Guide Good common sense online car tuning guide.
Car Tuning News A news site dealing with motoring related topics.
Car Styling A really good modified car show with a picture gallery.