Bumped into Takumi on his American Holiday
Although technically part of the AE86 lineup, the US spec cars of this generation was never sold in the same way as they did in Japan.
While the AE86 was sold as the Corolla Levin or Sprinter Trueno in Japan with numerous trim levels, us plebs in the US only got the Trueno body type under the SR-5 designation. While the SR-5 was basically an AE85 with an SOHC 4-AC engine, the SR-5 GT-S was the closest thing us on the other side of the Pacific got to a true AE86.
While the JDM AE86 (top of the line) featured a 4A-GE engine that produced 130bhp, we plebs in America was once again plagued by California's demonic emissions regulations. Can you guess what the engine for the USDM GT-S is called?
Well, if you have not got much imagination, you would probably guess 4A-GEC (C for California), and if you did, you guessed right. Japanese naming conventions are quite literal and not very imaginative.
In order to comply with California regulations, the 4A-GEC was tuned down to 110bhp. Regardless, it was still a 4A-GE engine underneath and it will still give you that classic sound we all know that echoes through Mt. Akina.
I was stunned to see such a beauty roll in and I was more than excited, chasing it down until it was parked.
With well kept examples selling for $30,000 plus, I suggest getting one now before they rise up to A80 Supra price.
What a great car to make a great day even greater!