1994 Toyota Mark II Tourer V
Toyota Motor Corporation's combination of rigorous quality control standards, and the quest to unseat the Germans at their own game, resulted in some incredible performance offerings during the early 1990's. 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 horsepower 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 1994 model has the look to match its performance; equipped with the OEM aero kit and finished in (046) Opal White, this sedan embodies understated performance. Completed with an upgraded set of 17" Diavoletto Alloys, the only thing better than the aesthetic is the drive and performance of this chassis.
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 vehicles of this age. The durable dash, door cards, and dark gray cloth seats are in fine condition, with little distortion or fading. Beyond broken A pillar trim piece and small crack in the dash (covered by a CF dash pad) there is little to complain about. Of note, the E-brake handle, dash, and various interior bits have been redone in a faux carbon fiber wrap. 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. Many of the interior lights have been converted to blue LEDs, which illuminate the inside better than the factory units. The adjustable steering column, 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 ordered without the sunroof, which keeps interior temps down, water out, and lowers NVH levels. For times you've got the windows rolled up, the automatic climate control is functioning as it should with cold A/C. Additionally, rear privacy tint classes up the look and keeps interior temps down and away from prying eyes. The OEM stereo works just fine, and upgrades are plug and play for the JZX.
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 108K 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 FGK Catback unit. Its hearty growl competes only with the whir of turbocharged air, spinning through the factory twin turbochargers. Shifts are smooth, and the automatic transmission copes with full throttle upshifts without issue. The traction control system can be disabled for a bit more fun, and the transmission features a selective drive feature, giving the car better throttle response when driving spiritedly. When you need to slow down, the front brakes are very grabby and slow this four door down incredibly well. The suspension is happy to entertain all the speed bumps and potholes urban driving can throw at it, and the ride quality is a premium one. A Cusco front strut tower brace has been installed up front, which gives this sedan improved handling and rigidity without being too harsh. The platform does a great job of sorting out uneven pavement and other road imperfections, while delivering performance. For night time driving, LED headlamps brighten the road ahead better than the stock halogens, which is helpful for safety during after hours motoring.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. Own this Japanese Classic, and drive the dream, through with a turn-key ownership experience!
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