this 2jz-swapped '99 lexus gs is perfect for the golf club or the drag strip.

Mitchell Jones - 19/05/2017

Although there is said to be internal debate at Toyota about continuing the GS line, its lineage can be traced back to the 1990s, where it amassed quite a following.

The Toyota Aristo, as it was domestically known in Toyota form, was a technology-packed BMW 5 Series combatant with the vaunted 2JZ 3.0-litre inline six. Two generations on, it is now sold in Japan as a Lexus and gets by courtesy of Toyota’s silken 2GR FSE V6, rather than six in a row.

The 5" tacho with shift light is a bit of a giveaway.

The 2JZ is known as a very stout motor, with the stock forged internals said to be good for 600hp (447kW) out of the box with bolt-on upgrades. This example has been treated to the 2JZ GTE from the Supra Turbo, but makes 850hp (633kW), with a bottom end capable of handling 1300hp (969kW), according to the Craiglist ad.

It's a pretty neat job all-round.

This power is sent through a TH350 four-speed automatic normally found in the likes of GM’s Holden Commodore and terminates at a 3.76 TRD diff.

The car has been kept mostly stock in terms of appearance, for that sleeper effect. The addition of an aftermarket tachometer and B&M shifter inside are somewhat of a giveaway though.

The buyers is asking US$40,000 for the beast. Check out the ad below:


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