1993 Toyota Mark II Tourer V JZX90
Toyota Motor Corporation was pumping out a stable of performance vehicles in the early part of the 1990s. The legendary Supra was successfully competing in the Japanese Grand Touring Championship and the Celica GT-4 was tearing gravel across Europe in WRC. Drawing from its recent racing success, Toyota transplanted the heart of the MKIII Supra into a midsize sedan. The Mark II Tourer V's practical dimensions allows for four full size adults to fit comfortably, while secretly producing more power than most sports cars of the era. Unlike many mainstream models of the time, Toyota ditched angular lines and deep creases in favor of a much sleeker profile. The wrap around headlamps, thinly curved tails, and flowing roof line add a more modern aesthetic. This 1993 model has the look to match its performance; finished in it's trademark (6N2) Dark Green Mica. With an imposing Vertex Aero kit rolling on polished 18" Work VS-KF's. Sans some paint cracks on the rear bumper skin, the body is straight and devoid of any major imperfections.
Inside the cockpit, it becomes clear how much superior the quality of Toyota's soft touch materials and plastics were compared to its rivals of the time. As in most 90's cars Toyota's attention to build quality has remained in tact, and this cabin is in above average condition compared to most vehicle we retail. The durable dash, door cards, and dark gray cloth seats are in fine condition, with little distortion or fading. The drivers seat is bolstered nicely, and is adjustable for taller drivers. The gauges all have large, easily legible faces, and the back lighting is decent. The speedometer does suffer from some intermittent shaking, but otherwise everything is functional. Power locks, windows, and mirrors are working great, and Toyota even added a "one touch" feature for the driver side power window. This particular one was equipped with a factory sunroof, which is currently still functional. For times you've got the windows rolled up, the automatic climate control is functioning as it should with cold A/C. An upgraded Pioneer headunit, featuring functional Bluetooth, CD and radio is equipped. The speakers work great, and compliment the turbo flutter well. Automatic, HID lights finish out the interior features, leaving us to discuss Toyota's brilliant drivetrain.
The best part of owning a JZX90, such as this one, is knowing what lies below the hood. This 2.5 Liter 1JZ-GTE has an incredible amount of mid range power. Its silky smooth operation is nearly vibration free, and with only 56K verified miles, has plenty of life left in it. Although it has generous heaps of power in factory tune, the exhaust has replaced with a full 3" Fujitsubo unit. Its hearty growl competes only with the whir of turbocharged air, courtesy of a Airinx intake. A large front mount intercooler completes the power upgrade, significantly cooling the charged air. It's manual transmission sets this sedan apart from those equipped with a slushbox, and its silky gear changes pleasantly encourage the operator to row all five gears. While originally fitted with an automatic, it was replaced with a factory R154 at some point back in Japan. When you need to slow down, the front brakes are very grabby and slow this four door down incredibly well. Wheel gap has been reduced by a set of Tein Super Street Coilovers, which gives this sedan improved handling and ride qualities. Without being too harsh, the platform does a great job of sorting out uneven pavement and other road imperfections. The drivetrain's super human grunt is convenient for hopping on a freeway, but is anything but temperamental in the city. A fresh oil service and Virginia state safety inspection has been preformed, allowing for this sports sedan to hit the open pavement immediately.
Perhaps the closest thing to a Supra sedan, this Tourer V is a do-it-all vehicle. It is just as at home clipping an apex as it is taking a kid to school. Make this Japanese Classic your own with a turn-key ownership experience for only $17,995.
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