It happens to us all sooner or later. You get slightly older, the family begins to grow and your days of terrorizing the streets with your tuned sports car are well and truly over. This is exactly the situation a customer of Revolfe found himself in, except he had no intention of going down the minivan route!
As long as the car he chose was big and comfortable the wife would approve, so there was really only one choice to consider and that was the Aristo V300 Vertex. Propelled by the silky smooth 2JZ this version of the Aristo opened up infinite possibilities.
The owner wanted to make the Aristo look a little bit more aggressive but there was nothing out there that really caught his eye. That is when Curve stepped in. The Yokohama-based body kit producer was asked to design a custom kit that would not only give the JZX161 meaner stance, but also retain enough elegance.
Carbon fiber was used on the lower part of the front bumper to highlight the protruding front lip spoiler as well as along the side skirts.
A carbon diffuser was designed to keep the big Toyota stable at speed much like the ARC adjustable aluminum wing.
Mizota-san of Revolfe created a pretty impressive engine for his customer's Aristo, one that would allow him to race on the wangan at night and be smooth and civilized enough to take the family out for a drive during the day.
The Trust T88-33D kicks out 1.8 kg/cm2 of boost, allowing the engine to develop 720 PS of power (710.14 HP) at 6,800 rpm and a 74 kgm (535 lb/ft) at 5,200 rpm. Mizota-san did a lot of work on the head, helping it flow better thanks to porting and polishing as well as fitting it with larger diameter valves, race-spec guides, seats and springs as well as titanium retainers. Keeping the bottom-end in check are HKS H-section connecting rods and forged pistons.
Mizota-san built a custom intake plenum for this 2JZ, helping direct an equal amount of air to each of the six cylinders for best possible response and performance. Joining the engine upgrades is an automatic-to-manual conversion thanks to a JZA80 6-speed Getrag gearbox, fitted along with a triple-plate ATS carbon clutch. A TRD 2-way LSD helps get the massive power and torque down to the road.
Mizota-san is proud of this Aristo as it drives so smoothly yet has an almighty kick when you step on it.
The owner often tops the car out on the wangan and Aqua Line, easily reaching the 330 km/h (205 mph) maximum speed. Revolfe fitted some of the best suspension around to the JZX161, custom made by German manufacturer Sachs. These are mated to 16 kg/mm springs at the front and 10 kg/mm at the rear. The suspension bushes have also been upgraded with firmer TRD items.
Brakes are probably one of the most important thing on a high-powered and heavy car, so it's no surprise the JZX161 has been fitted with Brembo calipers at all four corners. At the front F50 4-pot calipers bite down on ø 370 mm discs, while at the rear slightly smaller F360 4-pot calipers are fitted along with ø 355 mm discs. These fit with no issues inside the 18" TE37's which are shod with Advan Neova rubber, 235/40/18 front 265/35/18 rear.
Here is a better view of the aerodynamic add-ons at the rear, things you definitely need when blasting a 2-ton car down the highway at 200+ mph!
The comfortable and luxurious interior has been upgraded with lots of cool gadgets as well as the leather Recaro seats and TRD steering wheel.
On the center console a triplet of Defi gauges keep an eye on temperatures for oil, water and exhaust.
Other modules are neatly stored away in the upper section of the glove-box. Here you find the HKS F-Con V Pro ECU along with the HKS V-Cam controller and the two Defi control units.
See, who said minivans are the only way to go when you become a family man! Think outside the box and you will be surprised with what you can come up with at times!
-Dino Dalle Carbonare