With respectable baseline numbers, it was time to see where all the power was hiding. The most basic and cost-effective modification is a new filter element. It is cheap and simple to install. A $45 K&N air filter was installed and after ample cooling time, the dyno was once again spinning. Big dividends were paid; output skyrocketed by 11.2 hp to 201.8 and torque jumped to 220.3 lbs-ft, 22.1 lbs-ft to the good.

Following the filter was a Doug's Dynopower (DDP) cat-back exhaust. The stock system makes the 4G63 exhale though a straw, so there should be some big-time ponies let loose with this addition. True to form, the 2.5-inch system made a healthy difference as peak power was bumped to 215.5, a 13.7-pony increase. Torque was the big winner on this modification, seeing an increase of 23.3 lbs-ft to 243.3.

Always a gateway to power, the stock downpipe of most any factory turbocharged engine is a prime candidate for replacement. On the Galant, we elected to go with a 2.5-inch mandrel-bent DDP unit. Still using the stock cat converter, decent power gains across the range were made just by freeing the rest of the exhaust system. Again, torque was the main benefactor jumping 10.5 lbs-ft to 254.1. On the horsepower side, a modest 5.2-hp improvement was noted. All tallied this was a hard-hitting trio of bolt-ons, generating an impressive 30.1 hp and whopping 55.9 lbs-ft of torque.

Phase two is on tap for the Galant-consisting of a boost controller, front-mount intercooler and an upgraded turbocharger. Later on, a fuel computer, camshafts and other power adders will be unleashed on the Galant. An eager 400 hp at the wheels in a four-door is going to be very interesting-so sheep beware.

POWER REALIZATION CHART
  HP TQ GAIN HP GAIN TQ
Baseline 190.6 198.2 -- --
K&N Filter 201.8 220.3 11.2 22.1
DDP Exhaust 215.5 243.6 13.7 23.3
DDP Downpipe 220.7 254.1 5.2 10.5
Total Gain -- -- 30.1 55.9
SOURCE
Doug's Dynopower
P.O. Box 231228
Las Vegas
NV  89123