Street, Touge, Style – A Soarer For All
The simple take

What does it take? What is it that creates style? The best way one can probably describe it is as a collection of details, or at times the lack of details. You see, style doesn’t necessarily imply complexity; it often comes from pure simplicity – the way a few touches flow and seem to coexist in the same space in a natural way. It’s this latter approach that, for me, has always made the cars that Nagahama-san at N-Style builds stand out among so many similar rides in Japan. And today I’d like to share with you his very own car: this beige JZZ30 Soarer.


Nagahama couldn’t possibly live a more car-oriented life if he tried. His shop, N-Style, is located in the middle of the Gunma countryside, where there isn’t much to do. Aside from running his bodyshop, he spends the rest of his time hanging around with his friends, who also happen to be his customers, and when they’re not getting together to grill the ridiculously tasty tofu and aburage that his father makes in his own little tofu shop down the road, they’re out drifting the mountain passes of their prefecture. It all sounds remarkably similar to a well-known anime you might have heard of, but I kid you not, Nagahama may as well be the real-life version of Takumi! He lives and breathes cars and in the process has developed an instantly recognisable style. His well-used Z30 Soarer is the perfect example of what ‘N-Style Custom’ is all about.


Simplicity spiced up with subtle touches works well at creating a car that, even sitting there next to his shop, oozes presence.


The car wears a custom beige that Nagahama has mixed up, often used on some of his customer’s cars that he’s built. A simple lower lip spoiler has been added to the front end, helping get the chin in line with the rest of the profile. BMW-like fender vents have been added; again a simple and well-matched touch that fits in well with the overall design of the big Toyota coupe. Adjustable Aragosta dampers at each corner have been set pretty low to give that much need stance any self-respecting dorisha must exhibit. 18-inch SSR Professors are a damn good choice, the centers painted in a custom pearl white, contrasting against the polished rim.


Providing the stopping power are the Toyota Aristo four-pot brake calipers which have been added along with corresponding discs for an affordable upgrade. High friction TRD pads are added at all four corners to assure that the middle pedal doesn’t suffer from fade even when Nagahama takes his cars to his local track, Nikko.


It’s not until you start moving around that you begin to notice other little details – things like the widened fenders, an area that N-Style really has sussed if you recall their AE85 I recently featured.


Both the front and rear guards have been pumped by about 5cm, rolled and then extended in metal in a natural sort of progression, as if Toyota had designed them that way from factory.


However it seems Nagahama has recently decided that this just wasn’t enough and has since bolted on rather large over fenders, the first step in the car’s next makeover.


Still, I’m glad I got to shoot it as it was before; the way the big arches swallow up the top part of the rear 225/35R18 tyres just looked so right.


The rear Professors measure 10″ across with a +0 offset and are mounted on the Soarer’s hub along with a 15mm spacer (the front use a 40mm hub extension to get the right sort of look)


Nagahama is a fan of Felix the Cat – that’s why he’s airbrushed it on the driver side rear fender. It joins all the airbrushed N-Style Custom logos, as well as the old school katakana Toyota emblem and the Soarer name.


In fact, the only sticker on the car is an old Speedhunters one I gave him ages ago!


Can a rear end possibly evoke more emotion than the Z30’s rump? Doubtful – it’s a big old butt, simple and effective and Nagahama shows us it needs little to no additions to look its best. Rather than run the stock twin tailpipe look, the full dual system is routed to one side, freeing up the other bumper cut out for the tow hook.

1JZ love

Call it a well-executed mix of function and form; a series of touches that has given the instantly recognisable street drifter look, but that at the same time have boosted its performance as a dedicated drift car.


And talking of performance, Nagahama certainly didn’t forget to address some attention to the 1JZ in the engine bay.


What makes these cars so great is that they were built in a period when Toyota wasn’t taking any chances with build quality and reliability. Things were over-engineered: everything from the engine all the way to the Z30’s door hinges, if you’ve ever had a chance to see those up close. If you haven’t, make sure you do!


The silky smooth 1JZ has been left stock, but the much needed boost in power called for the addition of a top-mounted Trust T67 turbocharger, sitting on a Trust stainless steel manifold and controlled by an external wastegate of the same brand.


The mid-size single dumps spent gasses into the custom exhaust system and supplies the right sort of noises at all rpm. To get the 500 or so horses that the motor now develops, Nagahama has had to add simple upgrades to the fuelling like the in-tank GT-R fuel pump and bigger capacity injectors, along with an HKS F-Con to manage it all. This Soarer came exclusively with a lazy four-speed slush-box so for obvious reasons this was dropped and in its place a six-speed Getrag manual transmission from a JZA80 Supra fitted.


With the way the 1JZ was built back in the nineties, it doesn’t even shed one drop of sweat putting up with the additional boost and volume of air that the new turbo set-up supplies, and has happily put a grin on Nagahama’s face for years – both on the road and out on track. Along with the power hike, some suspension modifications followed, like the custom knuckles to boost steering angle and adjustable links to get the wheels to sit just right. Even the stock subframe has been swapped out for a JZA80 item which adds more rear-end control.


While the whole build has been put together with a cost-conscious sort of approach – and there’s nothing wrong with that – the interior was definitely not left stock. Toyota marketed the Soarer as a luxurious and comfortable cruiser and this means the interior is a very nice place to be with all the right sort of toys, great build quality and high quality plastics and materials that have stood up to the test of time rather well. However, in a 500hp drift car, comfort isn’t really a priority, so the first thing that was done was to replace the stock chairs with a set of bolstered items – reclinable so that the rear seats can still be used.


A leather Momo steering wheel continues the additions which are all aimed at making the car easier to drift. That of course means a fly-off button for the handbrake, a must have on any dorisha.


Mounted on the plastic steering column cover is an old Blitz boost controller, there to help give a nice and stable boost curve and offer a series of pre-set boost levels.


Coolest feature of the Z30? Well it has to be the old Toyota digital dash!


One of the first things that Nagahama did to his car’s interior was upholster the whole dashboard in black suede, which over time has faded to a sun-washed shade of light brown. It sorts of matches the exterior of the car, so he isn’t too fussed about it.


The six-speed conversion has required a bit of a hack job in the center console where the automatic’s shifter used to once be. Nothing a hack saw and a little bit of 3M carbon-look vinyl can’t tidy up. It’s yet another detail, and the sort of execution which complements the overall functionality of the car perfectly.


While Nagahama and his N-Style crew never miss participating at stance events, one thing’s for sure. This is not a car that’s built to look pretty; it’s an execution of a man’s personal style in the purest sense of the word. The need to create a functional street drifter has dictated the looks, because for an N-Style car, looks and performance must always go hand in hand.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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Nice machine, have not seen one built like this.
(Thanks for posting this one Dino).


It has been said that good design is used to solve problems. That is not the case here.
This car creates problems. Problems for onlookers who might see it.
Problems for discriminating enthusiast who see it and think "you could do that, but why?" about any particular detail you have cataloged.
The designer of this car is aesthetically illiterate and seemingly color blind. And I'm not referring to the beige paint which certainly could work, if only any other element of the car were done in a cohesive way.
The hack job is the whole car not just the center console.
It looks like an amalgamation of discordant parts that is being pitched as a "style".
It should be called L-STYLE. The L is for lame.


You maddddddd


Nice! I have really been fond all all the N-Style cars you guys have posted. It's a shame there's a multitude more Soarers and Chasers/Crestas/Mark IIs that I'm into more than Supras - when I own a Supra. Good encouragement to finish off my own car I guess!


rrroarke  No offence to Supra owners, but I'd take a Soarer over a Poopra any day hihihi


NicholasMaher  You're entitled to your opinion :)


jzx81  :)


Something about these back roots japanese builds gets me so excited. I guess I like them because they're a style that is relatable to a lot of us who build on a more cost effective mindset. 

Either way, I'd love to be able to wake up every morning and thrash around with this bad boy


otar  Exactly, these cars will always appeal because of that. They are built to be used and they are threshed regularly!


Not my first choice of color but love the whole package, wheels and all. 
Spotted a few of those at the pick-n-pull...may look into one.


note these did come factory R154 manual.


Love this 1JZ...i will swap my engine with 1JZ. :)


Thanks Dino, I've been waiting long time for another Soarer tale!
Two think to add - Soarer's did (very rarely) get a manual gearbox, the R154. Another thing, I guess Nagahama did make another interesting thing - keeping the old diff and not changing with the Supra V160 diff. Soarer auto has 4,08:1 and the 6 speed Getrag only comes with 3,8 :1.
And I don't believe that is still running 225 tires on the rear! I have the same in the front but really I'm days away from 275/35R18 in the back. Now, I have to think things over...


greenroadster  I have 265 in the back of my Soarer now.  But I am interested in this 6-speed JZA80 swap that was performed.


Form and Function is shown by Nagahama all the time. The simplest things set this car off like, the color, the fenders, the Momo Steering wheel & etc. He really took his time and applied his very own style to this car, & he did it with keeping it track ready at a moments notice. That's what I like to see, a car that can function great & break necks while just sitting in a car park. Good feature Dino! speedhunters_dino


Very cool build, and it keep me motivated to work on my old E30 :) I follow the same moto, effecient, no fuss, low cost fun with some personnality on top to make it different from others. Not a show Queen, more a useable, fast (sort of..) #joyofmachine

and I like the beige !!


I like the simple style..


Dino this is a great article and a motivator for me.  We don't have many shops in Northern Japan.  But I will have to make it down to that area because I want to see this car in person,


I'm loving these posts as of late Dino.
Feauteres like this, as with the pit walk at Fuji, are much more relatable than let's say, a feature on the TAS show floor cars.
Not that there's anything wrong with those, but for those of us reading Speedhunters on our lunch break, waiting for our boring desk jobs to be over so we can go work our cars, these posts are a nice dose of inspiration.
Thanks as always :)


Perfect car for a new dad - those inevitable baby sick stains will be hardly visible, inside or out!


I like this article vey much. Great stuff Dino.


kphillips9936  Pick-n-pull?


macm3651  Yeah but but not a 6-speed


ThelamusCeasar greenroadster  Well it is a drift car after all :)  Grip isn't too much of a priority


AlexBailey speedhunters_dino  Thanks, glad you liked it :)


Roulianely  Spot on, it's all about having fun, and it doesn't really matter how you get there as long as you do:)


ThelamusCeasar  Let me know if you need an intro. The N-Style crew are the coolest!:)


Verdigrie  I aim to inspire, or at least show you the sort of cars that will in some way inspire you :)  Japan has a lot of them, it's just a question of finding the right ones hehe


Slappy Pistons  You know, shortly after writing this I spent a stupid amount of time on looking at manual Soarers. Man they are such a great deal!! I then moved on and looked at manual JXZ110 MarkIIs. Dangerous stuff!  hehe


demzo_BRG  Awesome, good to hear man!:)


OMG!... This car is so perfect for me!.. it´s simple, clean, low and drifter :D Just now i hear that JZZ30 Soarer model, and i love it!... Great Photos and words :D
Too much inspiration


speedhunters_dino Verdigrie
Well in that case I think I might know just the guy who can find them... 
He's called "D. Carbonare" no that's much too obvious...lets call him "Dino C"!


speedhunters_dino kphillips9936Yeah, junkyards where you just pull the parts you wants from junked cars. There's even a section for whole cars, shells and rollers. 
IMO, one of the best places for car hunting, especially for a project drift car or truck.
That's how I got most of my parts for my DA1 Integra (pop-up light version).


To be honest dino, to begin with, I wouldnt habe looked twice at this old soarer but this is one of those things which is more than meets the eye


ThelamusCeasar V160 / V161 Getrag is very expensive. Good luck with that :)  How does your Soarer look with 265 in the rear? 265/35R18? I might do that.


I'd never have thought an automotive journalist could get so carried away by a beige Toyota! :D
In all seriousness though, while it's not necessarily my cup of tea styling-wise, I really appreciate seeing a more budget-minded build here on Speedhunters, something that's a lot harder to pull off well than a six-figure sum project IMO.


greenroadster it looks pretty good IMO  I think maybe a 10mm spacer would make it perfect


ThelamusCeasar - Well, I have +35 the offset on the wheels. Do you still think that I need another 10mm on spacers?


greenroadster  I am running the same size and I think 10mm is needed  or at the very least 5


kphillips9936 speedhunters_dino  Also known in some places as a pull-a-part salvage yard.


Still waiting for the Z20..


speedhunters_dino  I found mine on but unfortunately it is auotmatic



You should do a story on the N-style GRS180 2JZ Crown. Never been able to find good info or picture's of that car.


Always loved the Soarer, such a great looking car. And def wouldn't mind this one!


ThelamusCeasar - here's mine


greenroadster are you still on stock suspension?


ThelamusCeasar Yeah, is that bad? Still looking for a set of good lowering springs to fit. In this part of Europe, no one has ever seen or heard about Soarer.


greenroadster Well I have good news.  The Soarer was built on the Mk 4 supra chassis so you can get a suspension kit for a Mk. 4 Supra.  You should be able to find one of those.


ThelamusCeasar - I think 1 inch lower on a Supra it is a 2 inch lower on a Soarer since the Supra stock coilovers are 1 inch lower than stock Soarer coilovers. So, to keep a street legal car - I still looking for the exact amount to lower the car.


Now I need a Felix The Cat number plate frame.


greenroadster I got the Bilstein shocks on the rear of my Soarer and I think it looks good.  But I keep a different set of rims and tires for vehicle inspection.


@Philipp Ulrich  as the owner of an SC300 this is no budget car... its more like a 2jz powered money vacuum.


That dashboard looks so good. Better like that then all black.