1992 Toyota Soarer
The Toyota Soarer has always been one of Toyota's unsung heroes. While it never had the performance reputation that the Supra did, underneath it all they're much the same. The target was to build a proper GT car utilizing the same chassis. The comfortable, powerful, and reliable two-door that resulted sent its competition back to the drawing board. Toyota believed that a super-powerful, high-quality vehicle, such as the JZZ30, didn't need to break the bank in terms of upkeep. With its timeless looks bulletproof drivetrain, and easy parts availability, this car is an incredible value. The most impressive fact about the Soarer is how unassuming it is. Underneath the Emerald Green Pearl (6M2) paint lies Toyota's legendary 1JZ-GTE paired with a 5 speed manual from the factory. The emerald green is a very unique color for the Soarer and is rather hard to find. Both the paint and body are in great shape, free of any notable scuffs or chips. When you get it out into the light the metallic flake really pops. With lines like this, there's no need for aftermarket aero, simply an upgraded set of 17" 7 spoke anthracite alloy wheels to better fill the wheel wells.
Since the Soarer was designed to be a proper luxury tourer the interior came packed with all of the amenities of the time. Power seats, for instance, were a rare item to find back in 1992, especially on the passenger side. Power windows, mirrors, and door locks were all standard and still operate as they should. The automatic, digital climate control makes the upcoming winter weather a much less concerning. Like most of the Soarer's that we've had, the digital display is starting to wash out. It's still legible and functioning, just a bit of an annoyance. This same issue does happen to the awesome digital dash display as well, luckily though this one is in great shape with a really crisp display. Due to the nature of these gauge clusters, it appears that this one was replaced at some point in time. While it currently reads 89K miles the mileage is unverified. While there are no rips or tears in the seats, they do have some staining and discoloration from use over the years. The same can be said about the dash, there are no cracks however the lower half does have some discoloration to it. The photos document everything pretty well, like the trim and the door cards for instance, however additional photos can always be supplied. A '96+ steering wheel and shift knob were retrofitted which not only look good, they feel great in the hand.
What really made the Soarer such a stellar performer was the addition of the twin-turbo, inline-six that was never offered here in the US. While the SC300/400 were good cars, the Soarer was great. To this day there are only a handful of GT cars that come from the factory with a proper 3 pedal setup, let alone one as bulletproof as the R154. While ours has been kept all OEM, the 1JZ is known for its ability to make monster power if that's the route you'd like to take. The 2.5L fires right up and pulls hard to redline. Since it still has the factory exhaust it's a deceivingly fast car; once the turbo's spool these coupes really move. Shifts through the 5-speed transmission are smooth and without any grinds. All with a suspension that's fantastic for cruising, yet stiff enough that you don't feel like you're driving your grandparent's Cadillac when you take an onramp. In order to make sure our Soarer is ready to take on daily duty, it's been fully inspected by our trained technicians. Several key items have been replaced in order to ensure that it's ready to start it's US chapter. Most all of the large maintenance items have been addressed: all four tires, a new timing belt and water pump, the front main seal, and of course a routine oil change. For those in search of a fun, fast, manual sports coupe this is the one!
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