1992 Toyota Soarer Single Turbo
This 1994 Toyota Soarer is a powerful, manual coupe that rewards those who desire a serious sports coupe. This big turbo example is a rare find here in the states and features a luxurious interior and tons of pricey performance upgrades. Finished in a sharp (051) Diamond White Pearl, the body is in good shape aside from some scuffs on the lower lip and a few minor chips and dings associated with normal use. Recent maintenance, dyno tune, and legally imported, this tuned Toyota is quick, collective, and a true Japanese Classic if we have ever seen one!
Inside the cabin, you'll find a very nicely maintained interior that feels and looks great. The interior is really where you start to notice that this isn't your average Soarer. Right off the bat, you'll spot a Bride Brix adjustable bucket which does a fantastic job of keeping you in place. Normally with any seat with tall bolsters, you'd expect to find some wear and tear along the edges from getting in and out. Much to our surprise this one really doesn't have any issues of the sort and is in great overall condition. The rest of the interior is finished in the rare, for Japan, factory leather. Leather wasn't popular in Japan, so to find a car with it is a real treat. The power passenger seat is in great shape, though that comes as little surprise. While the back seats are physically fine they do have some staining which you can spot in the photos on both the base and back. Apparently, someone left a set of wheels sitting in the back for quite some time which wound up staining/imprinting them. The rear speaker shelf is also less than perfect as the 3rd brake light housing and driver's side speaker cover are both missing. On the passenger side of the dash is a host of Greddy gauges to keep an eye on engine vitals. The digital dash is a huge selling point on these, however, have been known to go out. This one was replaced a mere 1K Kilometers ago so the mileage is inaccurate and this vehicle is being sold as unknown mileage because of the cluster replacement. The upgraded double din headunit does offer some functionality, enough to check that the speakers are functioning, however, you'll want to swap it out for something more US compatible at the end of the day. Another common issue is the climate control screen getting rather pixelized over the years which this one has fallen victim to. While it doesn't have any impact on the function it does make it a bit hard to read. Being a luxury Grand Tourer you get all of the common features of the time like the one-touch power driver's window, power mirrors, and power locks. The dash is in great shape too and shows now major UV damage or cracking. It is worth noting that both the driver and passenger door panels have a bit of fading on the leather armrests which you can see in the photos. It doesn't have the common split at the top of them though which is a nice perk.
Under the hood is really what separates the Soarer from the SC300/400. The powerful 2.5L twin-turbo 1JZ is definitely the best engine for the chassis. When it comes to engines, there isn't a much better sounding or performing option than the 1JZ-GTE. While the 1J is great in stock trim, this one is anything but stock. As soon as you pop the hood you'll spot the big single Greddy TD06-20G turbo kit in place of the factory twins. The power delivery of the single is a world of difference from the sequential twins. The powerband becomes far more linear when you switch out to the single, plus you also have fewer moving parts to deal with at the end of the day. Of course, simply swapping out the turbo can only do so much, which is why this one has a host of supporting mods for it. Filling the front bumper is a massive Blitz front mount intercooler to make sure there's no shortage of fresh air for the TD06. An HPI intake and hard piping help to feed the turbo along with making all the fun noises you want in a turbo car. Speaking of noises the stock twin exit exhaust was ditched in favor of a freer-flowing single exit turbo back. Once you pull the cats and resonators you can really let the 1J sing and boy does it. If you haven't had the luxury of hearing one of these in person at full chat then you're really missing out. A Greddy catch can helps to make sure no excess oil makes it into the system and is in a particularly easy location to drain periodically. For adjustable boost control, an HKS EVC sits atop the steering column to give you full control of the Greddy unit. The factory ECU has been professionally rebuilt by Japanese ECU Repair, LLC and includes a lifetime warranty here in the USA. Thanks to a new battery the 2.5L fires right up. The power delivery is surprisingly linear and pulls like a freight train to its 7K redline. Tuned by Freed Engineering in Maryland, a new SAFC gives allows for civil driving mannerisms when you want it to be, and it seems always poised for the driver to roll on a healthy helping of throttle. Adding to the desirability of the JZZ30 is the rare factory optioned 5 speed manual R154. Coupled to the 1JZ makes this a bulletproof drivetrain to send power to the rear wheels. The clutch engages smoothly and rowing through the gears is an absolute blast. The clutch is a bit heavier than stock, but it's not as aggressive as a twin-disc which makes the engagement a bit more daily driver-friendly. Quite a bit of routine service work has been done to ensure that it's road-ready. A new timing belt and tensioner are one of the big ones so you know it's not going to be an issue for another 100K KM. It also has a new set of inner and outer tie rods to go along with the JIC Magic coilovers. Mechanically this thing is ready to roll and roll it does. This car makes all the right noises and has the power to back it up. Lastly, the Soarer rides on 18" Bronze Buddy Club Wheels with polished lips. New rubber sits at all four corners which deliver plenty of grips and should last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.