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The best or nothing: 1998 Toyota JZX100 Chaser

You either do it differently or don't do it at all. Two brothers Ornob and Akib made it a point to stand out from the trend that has caught up in the past year or two- throwing in a turbolicious 2.5L 1JZ Tourer V transplant into an X chassis. Mark IIs and Chasers being the common choice, Dhaka has seen plentiful of these from early and late 90s generations transformed into glorious appeal-mobiles. The brothers previously owned rare JDM gems such as a factory SV30 Vista GT and an S type 6 MT Mazda RX-8, and they certainly knew very well what to do with their 1998 X100 Chaser Tourer.

First impressions.

Humongous four pot cross-drilled TRD brakes in the front and re-worked OEM rotors in the rear with street & circuit use Dixcel Z brake pads. Obviously there are no circuits around, but it clearly signifies the kind of abuse this brake kit can endure and what kind of power requires you to have it in for that extra stoppage assurance. 3.0 liter 2JZ-GTE twin turbo- around 280 hp and 320 lb-ft of Supra performance is packed into this Chaser; one of the first of its kind in Bangladesh too. Otherwise, it is a sober looking JZX100 Chaser- a humble silver coat, subtle TRD kit all over and late model LED rear lamps. Even the front bumper with its centre support panel still intact, trying hard to conceal the large Greddy intercooler. 

Ride impressions.

Now I'll be very honest. I've been in some fast cars and some serious fast cars. This sleeper of a Chaser will pin you back to the factory semi buckets from the moment the throttle is dabbed. Very minimal turbo lag, that's twin turbo efficiency for you. The brothers wanted to have proper fun with the machine- hence the 5 speed tranny along with the bullet proof Tourer V differential and Torsen LSD. The sick gear ratios will shoot the car naught to 80 km/h in first gear and 130 in second. By the time you finish third, the Chaser's rear jolting to keep up with the RWD traction, you are doing speeds which I should not bother mentioning here. And all that in under 15 seconds. You do realize there are two more gears left to go berserk with, and to accommodate that, there is no speed lock in this madhouse either.

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