noun, an economy car bought off craigslist by a financially misguided young man that is "tuned" to achieve slightly greater straight line acceleration and maximum potential lateral acceleration. notable features 1. are exhaust modifications that are loud yet particulary "untuned," as in creating various unpleasant low frequencies in steady, droning disharmony 2. disproportiately large rims bearing "low profile" tires 3. the hood of vehicle is often a different color than that of the other body panels 4. ride height of vehicle often altered. watch for scraping upon exit of hamburger drive-in.
Primary reason for good used honda civics being priced astronomically high, tuner cars have become an icon for the continued irresponsibility, entitlement, and egomaniacal behavior on the public road system of the US today. They have replaced muscle cars as a locus of blame in the grand scheme of percieved danger on the highway. While tuner cars, as inanimate object are obviously not at fault, they do symbolize effectively the continuation of the american inability to reconcile the conflict of ego versus landscape where the young man choses an ideal of control in response to deep seated emotional ignorance. see also motorcycle in regards to this part of def
Nice tuner car, dude. That's a real constructive use of both your time and precious metal alloys. Can't wait to see you out there on the road exceeding the social agreement of speed limitation! You will certainly beat a "stock" Honda Civic to the next red light in your tuner car. And that joker won't know what to do when he catches up and you both stare at each other, at the same red light, in the same reliable, sensible, safe, cute-as-a button compact japanese automobile.