Good things, we suspect. Welcome, one and all, back to Japan—a land filled with amazing cars and amazing people who tune cars. And this one’s Amazing. Cap A.
It is, in short, a classic Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC (rolling alongside a rather lovely 190E, we might add, because fwiends), decked out with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine from an MkIV Toyota Supra. That’s the fabled 2JZ engine. Made famous by some film, we can’t remember the name.
Yes. Although seeing as this one’s based in Japan, it kind of doesn’t make sense. In any case, there are parts.
The straight-six has been treated to a single-turbo setup, together with a new Motec ECU, and a four-speed Toyota gearbox sending drive to the rear wheels.
It’s got 450hp, roughly, so yes. Yes, it has.
No idea, we didn’t drive it. But we’re told the car rides on Bilstein dampers, so...yeah, it probably does. Look, handling isn’t the most important thing about a car like this.
The fact that it looks fanastic. And has a wonderful engine underneath. And is really very cool.
They’re 17-inch diamond-cut alloys that mimic AMG’s classic five-spoke wheel. Shiny. Shiny things make everything better.
And very original, too. Barring that weird AMG steering wheel, of course. Other than that, lovely.
Take your cynicism and ‘reason’ and please leave now.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.