Earlier I spotlighted a clean VW Golf cruiser from Osaka Auto Messe, and now I want to step in another direction with a mental street-tuned JZA80. This sexy black Supra was built by Ripe Racing and to me is a quintessential example of the Japanese tuner car.
Let's take a quick look.
Before you even look in the engine bay, the gleaming black paint and the aggressive lines of the TRD 3000GT wide body kit grab you. It has to be one of the best aero choices for the JZA80, giving a very aggressive look without being outrageous.
The lack of a rear spoiler gave the car an even cleaner look. It's not often you see a wide body Supra with no wing.
Then comes the muscle. Among the work done to the 2JZ is a full HKS 3.4 liter stroker kit and a huge Trust T88 turbine. There were no horsepower figures listed, but let's just assume it's scary fast…
Peeking through the rear window you can see the stripped out interior and the full roll cage. Serious enough?
Of course you aren't gonna skimp on wheels and brakes on a car like this. 18×9.5 and 18×10.5 TE37SLs get the job done, along with Alcon four-pot brakes on each corner.
There's been a lot of talk about how Japan's tuner market is soft and how many people in Japan are losing their interest in cars. When you see a monster machine like this though, it's easy to forget all that doom and gloom.
Long live the crazy tuner car.
Truly EPIC Supra! I could sit there and stare at it all day! Spotlight was nice, but how about a full feature?!
This Supra is perfect. Tasteful styling and aggressive tuning rolled into one package. Great work Pipe Racing!
"There's been a lot of talk about how Japan's tuner market is soft and how many people in Japan are losing their interest in cars." uhh where have i been?? news to me....
Where can the aqua blue pcv hose that I'm seeing on many Japanese tuner shop cars be purchased? It always looks so good.
DesktopDesktopDesktopDesktopDesktopDesktopDesktopDesktopDesktopDesktop pleease. its great to see a supra that DOESN'T have that awful Veilside wing everybody else seems to fit
Your comment under the engine bay picture read: Among the work done on the 2JZ is a full power, and a big power for more power....... Scary fast.
I love the JZA80! Wingless looks so badass. So refreshing to see a clean one, so many out there with hideous bodykits. I've promised myself that I will own one someday. It's a shame they don't get more attention. I know it's overweight and hasn't got the best handling out there, compared to the R34 for example, but the looks and the 2JZ ... It's a legend. I want one.
Funny how many ppl,are thrash talking the new gt86,brz,frs They said the same when the original 86,the nissan 240s,mazdas rx&all This affordable rwd platforms,use to be new cars at dealer ships And they called "secretary cars" and now is almost impossible To finda clean(reads unmodified)example!!!!!! Gentlemen be glad that toyota is brigin a "blank canvas" to everybody Can play with!!
Very nice, needs a Desktop, along with the Top Secret gt300 JZA80..... Oh and go and do a feature on the Sessions Aristo!!! Please!!!
It's hard to believe that this car has been out of production for 10 years now, and it still is arguably the most loved gem from Toyota. It's a shame that Toyota can't recapture the magic they once had with cars like the MKIV Supra, nowadays they are more concerned with "reinvented" mommy-mobiles and lackluster/underpowered/rebadged wannabe sports cars.
A prime example of a clean execution of tasteful tuning. Is there any chance that someone could set up a rescue programme to recover all the poor JZA80's that have been destroyed by tacky tuning attempts from "bro-tuners" in the U.S. and beyond?
Is there a resurgence on Supra builds? Last time was the mid 90's when these last Supras were dominating. Do I hear prices of Supra going up because of this resurgence? Damn. Someday I'll get mine. Someday.
There you go, worthy of a feature finally with speed and style to match. Way better than that VW Golf on played out rotiforms.