Popular Bosozoku cars: Toyota Soarer

Popular Bosozoku cars: Toyota Soarer

This is going to be a regular here: it would be nice to see some really mild to really wild examples of the Bosozoku style cars and then read how they came out of the factory. 😉

This week we’ll kick off with the Toyota Soarer:
Two Bosozoku styled Soarers resemble mobile suits from Gundam
Two Bosozoku styled Soarers

As you probably have read in the introduction an extremely lowered Soarer featured Shakotan Boogie. This most probably helped its popularity among Bosozoku stylers and most Toyota Soarers you see on Bosozoku car meetings are Shakotan Boogie look-a-likes.

Lengthened hood and overfenders on this Soarer
Lengthened hood and overfenders on this Soarer

This milder styled car is of course an exception: it has a lengthened hood and overfenders as well. But apart from that it looks quite stock.

Really gone wild on this Toyota Soarer
Someone has really gone wild on this Toyota Soarer

Big wing, deep dish wheels with huge overfenders and sideskirts wide enough to have somebody stand on!

The Z10 is the most popular Bosozoku styled Toyota Soarer, probably because of its boxy shape and because it is quite cheap to buy. Z20 Soarers are hardly seen and I’ve never seen any Bosozoku styled Z30 and Z40 Soarers, but never say never. 😉

How did it come out of the factory then?
Factory stock Toyota Soarer Z10
Factory stock Toyota Soarer Z10

The Soarer itself was a successor to the Toyota Crown Coupe, which was a 2 door version of the Crown with a bit more sporty suspension. The Soarer itself did just as well as the Crown Coupe. The Soarer shared the same engines as the Crown and the CelicaXX.

Factory stock Toyota Soarer Z10
Factory stock Toyota Soarer Z10

Because it shared the same engines as the CelicaXX it is often confused to be the same platform with a different bodyshape, like the Celica and the Carina have. However there is a Supra JZA70 with a Soarer Z20 frontend which makes the confusion even bigger.

Factory stock Toyota Soarer Z10 interior
Factory stock Toyota Soarer Z10 interior

To confuse it even more: a lot of the interior components of the Soarer look like the interior of the CelicaXX. True, but the CelicaXX also shared a lot of components with the Corolla AE86.

Tiptronic climate control
Tiptronic climate control

The Soarer was the most luxurious car in the Toyota lineup (apart from the Toyota Century of course!) and featured all the state of the art technology! In the picture above you can see the climate control of the Soarer is featuring tiptronic controls, other buttons were normal but about everything is electronically adjustable. The Soarer also featured a digital dashboard, state of the art 4 speed automatic (with sports setting!) and the passenger door had a seperate doorhandle for the passengers in the rear!

I hope you can see now why a Bosozoku styler would choose for the Soarer Z10: it is an incredible car with a lot of comfort which can’t even be found in cars from the 90s! Besides that: it is a very cool car itself.

This was posted earlier today on http://www.bosozokustyle.com.


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