The idea of a four-door sedan that shelters a sports car within its mechanical soul has always been appealing to us, and the Nissan Maxima was the original 4-Door Sports Car. Lately, however, the Maxima is a adrift within a lineup that doesn't need it thanks to the more than competent Altima and the real four-door sports sedan from Japan, the rear-wheel drive Infiniti G35. Nevertheless, people like Flickr member Ca3ey still believe in the Maxima, and this 2002 Maxima GLE has a healthy list of mods that's turned the original 4DSC into something a bit more menacing.

What we particularly like about this tuned Maxima is the lack of traditional tuner flair in favor of a monochromatic color palette and a host of handling upgrades. You see the, the VQ V6 underhood (a VIS Racing carbon fiber hood, in this case) has a decent amount of power for a front-wheel driver; any more ponies in the corral would only worsen torque steer. So dropping the ride height with TEIN S-tech lowering springs, firming up the ride with Tokico adjustable shocks and dropping in a rear sway bar struck us as the right areas of improvement. The Maxima's cosmetic upgrades are also to our liking, as they're aggressive enough to ward off the Soccer Dad who thinks his Camry has what it takes but subtle enough not to draw unwanted attention to itself.

Check out the full list of mods for Ca3ey's 2002 Maxima GLE after the jump along with more pics.

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2002 Nissan Mazima GLE mod list
  • MaxxTuning front lip
  • Stillen sides/rear lip
  • 19" Axis Hiros
  • VIS Racing carbon fiber hood
  • Ionic Dynamics carbon fiber trunk
  • Left Coast Tuning carbon fiber eyelids
  • Custom smoked headlights, with smoked signal and parking lights
  • Smoked corner lights
  • Tein S-Tech lowering springs/Tokico Illumina adjustable shocks
  • Berk Technologies intake
  • Cattman Y-pipe, cat-back, and titanium strut bar
  • Progress rear sway bar
  • Eclipse navi/dvd head unit
  • ARC Audio component set/5 channel amplifier
  • Rainbow speakers
  • Alumapro bandpass box

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