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Toyota Soarer

The Toyota Soarer is a two-door luxury coupe sold only in Japan from 1981 until 2004. The Soarer replaced the Toyota Crown Coupe and is closely related to the Lexus SC 300/400. There are four distinctive series of Soarers all with FR layouts (front engine and rear wheel drive), thus making them suitable for drifting.

The early model Soarers closely resemble Nissan S110 Silvia, but the later Soarers take on a personality of their own and share the powerful JZ engine present in the Toyota Supra. Currently, Japanese drifter Takahiro Ueno is driving a Soarer in D1 Grand Prix.

The first Toyota Soarer debuted in 1981 known as the Z1 series and was honored as Japan#8217;s Car of the Year for the 1981 and 1982 model years. The Z1 series Toyota Soarer was produced from 1981 to 1985 and featured numerous technological novelties like a touch screen computer controlled air conditioning unit and a LED digital speed and tachometer display. The Z1 Soarer also came with self-diagnosis maintenance reminders.

The second generation Z2 series Toyota Soarer was produced from 1986 to 1991 and featured styling similar to the MX73 Toyota Cressida, GX71 Toyota Mark II, and even the Nissan S110 Silvia. The Z2 Soarer shares the same platform as the Toyota Supra.

The Z3 or 30 series Toyota Soarer features a rounded body style and was produced from 1991 to 2000. Outside of Japan the 30 series Soarer would be know as the Lexus SC 300/400. Although the Soarer and SC 300/400 share the same body style, they have different options.

At the time of the Z3#8217;s launch it was one of the first cars ever to feature factory GPS navigation. The technology employed rivaled that of cars twice the price. The Z3 continued to share the same chassis, suspension, brakes, drivetrain, and engine parts as the MKIV Toyota Supra.

In Japan between 1991 and 1996 the Soarer was only available with the 1JZ-GTE 2.5L twin turbo engine until August 1996 when a single turbo engine with variable valve timing was introduced. The single turbo engine had the same horsepower but increased low-end torque. The 1996 model also received minor cosmetic changes to the bumpers and side skirts.

In 2001, Toyota introduced the forth and final generation of the Soarer known as the 40 series in Japan and the Lexus SC 430 worldwide. In 2005, Toyota introduced the Lexus brand to Japan and subsequently discontinued the Soarer. The debut of the Lexus SC 430 in Japan signaled the end of the Toyota Soarer.

Posted on April 16th, 2008 by Tom

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