New A90 Supra gets converted into a 2JZ-powered cabriolet! Almost…
Have a good look at this roadster-shaped vehicle. Isn’t it crazy? An A90 Toyota Supra at base, roofless and fitted with Kuhl Racing and Pandem parts, gull-wing doors and the legendary 2JZ engine under the hood! Sounds too good to be true…
Our more experienced readers will immediately recognize the catch when they read that a student team from Nihon Automobile College (NATS Japan) was responsible for the project. The team has already tried to trick us multiple times by stylizing one vehicle to look like another.
Of course, this is also the case with this ‘Supra’, which is actually just a Lexus SC430 Convertible with plenty of custom bodywork. Sawing off the roof is an exceedingly risky and costly enterprise in any case, especially because you have to strengthen the entire remaining car body afterwards. Designing a ‘lookalike’ kit is way easier, although still far from trivial, particularly when you want complete semblance. Everything here, from the bumpers and arches to the sills, the hood and the grille, is new.
Not wishing to stop there and then, the students actually swapped the stock 4.3-liter SC430 V8 out for the iconic 2JZ-GTE mill the old-gen Supra came equipped with. In order for its modest 280 hp (209 kW) and 432 Nm (320 lb-ft) of torque to be enough, a nitrous oxide injection system was implemented.
Watch the video for a detailed look at the build!
Editor Andrew Raspopov
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