As cool as the JZS161 Toyota Aristo is, the car was always known more as a relaxed highway cruiser compared to it's athletic European counterparts like the BMW 5-series. Luckily though, the JZS161 shares a lot with cars like the Toyota Supra, and that means it has potential to be much more than just a luxury sedan. I've seen a few Aristos at the track, but none as serious as this example, which I spotted at Tsukuba last spring. This plush sedan is loaded with parts you'd normally see on an Evo or Impreza – vented carbon hood, big intercooler, light weight Volk CE28N wheels, and a huge GT wing. Under the hood is a single-turbine 2JZGTE that was powering the Aristo right past some of the more traditional sports cars on the track.
It's the abnormal stuff like this that makes me love Japan so much.