1993 Toyota JZX90
A manual transmission JZX90 might be the penultimate JDM performance sedan on the market today. Fitted with a true manual transmission and twin-turbo straight-six, the Mark II's practical dimensions allow for four full-size adults to fit comfortably, with a trunk to match. Refinished in a custom Jet Black, the paint is still serviceable and has a luster still from the clearcoat. Sans the normal scuffs, dings and chips, the majority of the vehicle's exterior flaws pertain to the fitment of the drift style aftermarket aero. These bits include highly desirable front and rear Vertex aero and a BN Sports rear bumper. Due to the nature of FRP body panels, they do not fit as well as the OEM panels and include some exposed hardware. The body is otherwise straight and has no major flaws to note. Featuring a reduced ride height, Kouki tail lights, Ganador mirrors, and aggressive 18" white Stance Magic wheels, this 1993 has some serious curb appeal.
Pull up on the rare chrome exterior door handles to reveal the cockpit of the JZX90, and it's apparent this car was cared for. Several modifications have been made inside the cabin; and while most of the additions benefit performance, some also improve the aesthetics. The number one wear item in every car is the driver's seat, but our JZX features a Recaro Confetti adjustable bucket. The passenger and rear seats are lifted from a JZX100 and are equally clean, and nicely bolstered. Except for a small hole in the passenger cushion, they provide incredible support for longer drives, and the blueish gray cloth is soft to the touch and comfortable to sit in. Also lifted from a JZX100 is an improved gauge cluster, noting 73K miles, which are obviously unverified due to the swap. The dash has no sun damage, cracks, or other types of damage which is a relatively common issue. Added to monitor the 1J's vitals, a Greddy boost controller and gauge have been installed, and the factory cluster does its job as well. The door panels are also in excellent shape, free of any real signs of wear. The interior as a whole is quite nice and is fitted with all of the power features you'd expect to find. Power windows and locks work as they should, and occupants benefit from cold A/C and automatic climate control. Rare OEM rain guards even allow some additional ventilation with the windows down, if you don't wish to utilize the air conditioning. The steering wheel has been replaced with a sportier MOMO Drifting unit, and the polished metal gear shift knob adorns the shifter.
Under the hood is what really makes this car special. In a sea of econoboxes, a sedan powered by the brutish 1JZ-GTE is remarkable. Powering the rear wheels, the 2.5L straight-six has seemingly endless thrust. The twin-turbo 2.5L fires up quickly, care of a freshly installed 12V battery, and happily idles along. The power delivery is what sets this car apart from the Camry you're thinking of from back in the day. Once you get underway and the turbos spool the JZX90 pulls like a freight train. A gust of charge air fills the Blitz FMIC setup upon acceleration, the twin Airinx intakes howling all the way to redline. The powerband is exceptionally linear, from about 3,500 to redline the 1J never feels like it's going to end. The sound is epic, as the JZX uses a custom 3" exhaust with SARD hi-flow catalytic converter, and dual polished blast pipes. Power is sent rearward via the five-speed manual R154 transmission. This benefits not just resale value but rewards the driver with a more involved driving experience. The transmission shifts smooth and happily rows through all the gears. The steering and suspension are both very communicative, and a set of Tein Drift-Spec H/E coilovers keeps the well-balanced sedan flat through the corners. additional chassis aids include a Cusco front strut tower brace, aluminum subframe bushing kit, and a KTS roll center adjuster. Braking inputs are immediate, and the sedan hunkers down when ample pedal pressure is applied. Clamping power is distributed through project Mu brake pads, and the pedal feel is direct. After a routine oil change, a fresh set of plugs, and a brand new battery this 90 is ready to take flight.
The perfect car may not exist, but the Mark II is doing its best to try. Great power, fun handling and room for four make this an ideal, turn-key, Japanese Classic.
*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 Resource Board.