A vehicle of Asian decent that is designed for performance from the factory, modified by aftermarket parts for performance, or has been modified to give the illusion of performance. These vehicles use small displacement (often 4 cylinder) engines equipped with turbochargers or high performance parts in order to make more power. These vehicles lack the torque of larger motors, have high strung powerbands, and their exhausts generally sound positively repulsive. Being Japanese, they often appear well built, but when subjected to the rigors of performance driving, their light duty, compact drivetrain parts often break or become damaged. They are not designed to be driven like Muscle cars. This includes, but is not limited to, Transaxles, driveshafts (and CV Joints), shifters, shift cables, transfer cases (on AWD equipped vehicles), and clutch assemblies. OEM and aftermarket parts are generally very cost prohibitive on these vehicles, since they are imported from other countries. Between price and difficulty working on the compact drivetrains and components, this makes repairs and modifications very expensive.
Factory Riceburners: Vehicles like the Mitsubishi Evo, Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Acura Integra Type R, Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T/GS-X, Nissan Skyline GT-R, Toyota Supra, Toyota MR2, Nissan 350Z, Acura RSX Type S, Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4. Although these vehicles overall performance may not be bad, they still have the attributes of riceburners, and therefore fall into the category. A vehicle does not have to be "slow" to be "rice".
Ricers often like to take regular economy cars and try to make them into "performance" cars as well, which is also rice. Typical add ons include huge wings on the truck, hood scoops, stickers, louds exhausts (fart cans), engine modfications, large wheels, altezza taillights, and body kits. The most popular vehicle to modify is the Honda Civic, it is usually credited with starting the whole "import tuner" craze of the early-mid 90's.
What every 16-20 year old who's seen "The Fast and the Furious", or "2 Fast 2 Furious" is likely to drive. Usually running a ridiculous amount of negative wheel camber due to the car being lowered without getting an alignment done, wheels larger than can reasonably fit in the wheelwells (giving lots of tire rub), a 3 foot tall aluminum wing, under car neon tubing, "Type R" decals, a boost gauge (esp in a normally aspirated car), and has the overall appearance of an automobile onto which every advertiser in Super Street has barfed a part.
Required equipment includes a 5 inch exhaust tip on an otherwise stock exhaust system, a 4 million watt stereo system that, from outside the car, seems to do mothing other than vibrate the rear hatch glass, and every aftermarket gauge that the local Pep Boys carries (not necessarily connected to anything).
Not to be confused with a "tuner car", which may be quite a bit faster than anything you've seen away from a racetrack.
My friend's sixteen year old brother had a really fast Chevelle, but fter seeing the Fast and the Furious, he traded it for a 17 second rice burner.
1.The ability to "trick out" your moms civic with high end parts from the automotive section in your local SUPERwal-mart. (watch out for those falling prices!)
2.Any low end "import" with a foldgers coffee can for a muffler...(the best part of waking up...is foldgers in your cup!)
3.Usually your average 4 cylinder, front wheel drive car with a park bench for a "spoiler"
(i.e. "racing in a rice burner is like racing in the special olympics...even if you win, you're still retarded!")
Badly modified car made to look fast but most probably running the original 4 cylinder engine with less than 100 horse power. Usually Japanese, although, there are a few European and American examples about.
Identifying features include:
* Ear piercing fart like sounds produced by the exhaust.
* Loud music coming from the car.
* Badly modified lowered suspension makes the car bounce dangerously even on the smoothest of roads.
* Often seen wrapped around the tree.
* Often driven by spotty teenagers with their equally spotty girlfriends on the passenger seat.
* HUGE wings made out of sheet aluminium.
Oh look! Another rice burner wrapped around a tree.
n. 1. Originally coined by oldschool bikers in the early 80's, a derogatory and borderline rascist term used to describe Japanese and other import motorcycles which were not Harley Davidsons or made in the USA.
2. Adapted from it's original meaning in the mid 90's, a term used to describe an R-Type vehicle based on the phrase "riced up", which denotes a heavily modified car that is usually an import, where the cost of the actual modifications usually exceed the vehicles bluebook value.
1. "That Kawasaki Ninja isn't a real bike, it's just a piece of shit rice burner"
2. "You bought that Honda Civic for $8,000 and put $16,000 worth of junk into that rice burner"
rice burner = yamamoto's revenge
Any asian "car for the consumer" that has been equipped with a five inch length of stove pipe for an exhaust tip (usually more tips than cylinders) and a shopping cart wing that is commonly mistaken for a solar panel or work bench/shelf where tips and assorted neon glow sticks can be inspected on. You'll hear and smell one before u see one due to the lack of engine maintenance (oil) and the ping pong ball in the muffler. You can use this early warning to your advantage and either hide or load the bigest gun u can find. The vehicle is ussually poorly lowered onto "chrome wagon wheels" aka dubs, which makes the ride extremely unstable so always give them enough room on the road.
"did we just pass a chrome mexican farting into a mega phone?"
"no dude that was a rice burner."