Sedan King: The N-Style Customs JZX100 Mark II
More doors, more fun

When talking about cars made in Japan, there are a few models in particular which have left their mark on enthusiasts across the world. For vintage car fans it might be the legendary Toyota 2000GT, it could the exotic NSX, the rally-bred Lancer Evolution or the world-beating Nissan GT-R. When I look to my favorite cars from Japan though, hovering near the top of the list is the line of four-door sedans that Toyota produced during the 1990s.


Whether it was the Mark II, the Chaser or the Cresta, there’s something very special about these sedans. Part of it could be because I’m an American and we were never blessed with these cars on our shores, but there’s no denying the following and the build potential these sedans have.


When they left the showroom, the majority of these cars were nothing particularly special. In a way, they could be seen a bit like the Buick of Japan – something a modest businessman might use to get around town in comfort.


But if you checked the right boxes while ordering your Toyota, you could get one of these four-doors equipped with a twin turbocharged 1JZ-GTE inline six with a manual transmission and a limited slip differential. The result was a car capable of far more than its sedate looks suggested.


Better yet, like all of the great Japanese cars of the era, these Toyotas were easily tunable. Supercar-like horsepower was just a few modifcations away, and their grown up bodies covered a chassis that was deceivingly athletic and equally upgradeable. It also didn’t hurt that their long wheelbases are very helpful when driving sideways.


Aesthetically the cars also offered a ton of potential. With the right body parts, ride height and wheels they could look positively badass, making you forget all about their businessman roots.


Because of this, the Mark II, Chaser and Cresta have been favored by street tuners, drifters and even race car builders for years. Now 15 or 20 years on, their popularity shows no signs of stopping.


That brings us to one particularly cool JZX100 Mark II that Larry Chen photographed when him and Dino met up with the guys from N-Style Customs in Japan.


Owned by Hikaru Ikeda, this JZX100 is typical of the cars that N-Style is known for. It’s got power, looks, and an overall vibe that just screams cool.


Along with all of the usual features that have made so many of us fall in love with the JZX platform, this one has also had some cool little touches to set it off. The Carson Toyota license plate frame for example. Now if only you could have actually bought one of these cars at Carson Toyota…


Under the hood of Ikeda-san’s Mark II sits (not surprisingly) a 1JZ, and while the motor hasn’t been built for massive horsepower, it’s still more than enough fun on the street and the track.


Among the work done to the motor is the addition of a Trust TD06-25G turbocharger along with a Trust intercooler and oil cooler. There are also SARD injectors and fuel pump, an APEXi Power FC and a Koyo aluminum radiator to keep things cool.


Don’t forget the custom exhaust either. Dame-musuko, it says – which roughly translates to ‘useless son’.


Because this JZX100 sees plenty of drift use, Ikeda-san put a lot of work into the suspension. The car rides on Racing Gear coilovers, and the chassis has also been upgraded with TRD sway bars, control arms from Kazama and Yura Mode and custom knuckles from Taniguchi Auto.

Looking right

There are endless possibilities when it comes to wheel selection on a JZX100, but it’s hard to argue with Ikeda-san’s choice of the classic Work Meister.


The wheels measure 18″x10 in the front and 18″x12 in the rear, with 225/40/18 and 265/30/18 tires respectively.


Of course you’re going to have a hard time getting those sizes to fit on a stock-bodied JZX100, but the exterior of this Mark II has been modified extensively.


The bumper and sideskirts are from BN Sports, as is the vented hood and widened front fenders. The rear fenders meanwhile were custom modified by N-Style.


Along with the more aggressive, widened bodylines, the car is also set off by its unique gold paint and pinstriping that adds a very unique touch.


Ikeda-san is also a big fan of Sponge Bob, as evidenced by the decals on the front fenders…


… and the rather unusual moonroof panel. Only in Japan…


Inside, the car has been kept rather street-friendly…


… or at least as street friendly as you can while working around a one-off roll cage.


Other changes inside include a pair of Bride Brix seats, a Nardi steering wheel and some Defi gauges. The result is a fine mix of style and function.


Is this the fastest, most extensively built or must unusual JZX car out there? Nope, but it doesn’t need to be.


If someone were to ask me why I have such an affinity for these Toyota sedans, a car like Ikeda-san’s would serve as perfect evidence to support my view.

Long live the sexy sedan.



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great write up. seeing cars like this reminds me of when i would look at drift tengoku mags n want more coverage. i love the 4 door drift sedans from japan. i would love to be gettin sideways in one of those here in LA. if we could import these stateside =/


the pinstriping/scrolling is a really neat touch. love it.


Loving the side profile grass shot and the final shot.  This car gets my stamp!  Love it!


Toyota and Lexus for the win 100%


So the stretched tires help with drifting? Or just a personal preference?


The N-Style features are too sick. Keep em coming guys!


kphillips9936 (somebody can correct me if i am wrong) I think when you stretch the tires you keep with the original contact path (a 205 tire at a 9 inch wheel may seem like a 245width but it only touches the ground on the original 205mm). That means that they do cover the wheel, but the sidewalls doesnt touch the ground, and, when you have lots of horsepower and a narrow contact path you have less traction as you press the accelerator.


James1010 haha! however, thats what seat belts are for :)


Awesome love the jzx100 drift cars.


kphillips9936 I would imagine it's a personal preference / cost saving decision.


Nice feature on this one, Larry.
(Long live four door sports cars).
The GX and JZX triplets are always the stealth machines.


That cage is stupid. Double back bend will crumple like it's not there.


That air freshener tho


Hmmmm, now that you put it that way...thanks.


kphillips9936 What he said, but it's also a style thing, smaller tires are cheaper, and there's less sidewall flex.


I bet everyone here would have a heart attack to hear that a stock JZX100 1996-2000 Toyota Mark II stock can be purchased for as little as.....$2500!!!!


ryukyustriker too bad that "stock" also means base model tourer WITHOUT the 1JZ. if you want a factory manual tourer V, expect to pay upwards of 7k. which is still, quite good.


@ressamp uh I think I can read the advertisement clearly in Japanese マークII ツアラーV
2500cc just fine. So yeah it is a 1JZ. And no you don't have to pay 7K either for that much factory manual either. If your paying that much then too bad for you. You paid way too much.


ryukyustriker maybe i just suck at looking for cars lol. i don't really feel like i paid too much though. got mine for 7k, factory manual tourer V with 105k, full trd handling package (springs and shocks, swaybar, tower brace, etc) and the 320 dash, which is a nice addon. there's a few more non-factory stuff too like the legalis super R exhaust and the tomei poncams, but yeah, i dont feel like i paid way too much.


You pay what you want for anything that is your business. I know the market so I wouldn't that is just me. Only if you saw exactly how much cars are on a auction you would have a gasped. You need to get a connection. A car that is almost 14 years old in Japan. The price is about to drop alot next year. If you really want to gasp go to a junk yard between Jan and March next year. That is when people get rid of cars to avoid paying taxes on it. Any car in Japan that is over 12 or 13 years old they have to pay more so people junk perfectly good cars. That is another reason why you don't see alot of vintage cars in Japan. I was born and raised in Japan for 31 years and only recently moved back to the states.


ryukyustriker i guess by canadian definitions, i got a good deal haha. i shoulda looked harder then.

23 This might help for you too look for parts in the future. They are the middle man for you in the auction site on Yahoo Japan. マークII ツアラーV is  Mark II tourer V in Japanese. Just copy and paste it but I would suggest マークII  just using I hope this site can help you out in the future.


was not expecting a sunroof with spongebob on it!


kphillips9936 as far as i know, stretching was originally used to prevent the tyre rolling around as the car is sliding, the stretched walls 'brace' the tyre and prevent the flex


Nikhil_P Maybe he got the idea from the donk scene haha


seriously one of the best cars ive seen


Now that you put it that way...Might have to experiment one day.


Now that it's been explained that way, I might have to experiment with it myself.


Amazing photos! and a perfect car.


Nice car, the color paint and the wheels, beatiful combination


I see now why drifters in japan use these style vehicle more than say a Silvia as hey are more practical and 4 people can enjoy drifting action at the same time lol


There should be a button to download all the images together, its a hard job clicking each picture and then saving it.

Андрей Коноплев

Guys! What the color (#???)of this masterpiece?!


I have a paint code, wanna buy?