01/06/2020

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This RWD Celica With Lexus V8 Swap Was Built By A Toyota Engineer

Motor swaps are a dime a dozen in the aftermarket arena. Normally, it’s an LS...

Motor swaps are a dime a dozen in the aftermarket arena. Normally, it’s an LS swap – a GM-sourced V8 slipped beneath the hood of all types of metallic. There are crazier swaps out there, sure, but the LS swap is well-known for a purpose. Even then, it’s not everyone’s go-to engine of selection, specifically for a single Toyota engineer, in accordance to the advertisement. A new listing on Fb Market, learned by our colleagues at Road & Monitor, is supplying an engine-swapped Toyota Celica, not with a GM V8, but a single from a Lexus.

The listing is for a 2003 Celica, however there’s little mechanically remaining of that car. Instead, you get the 4.3-liter 3UZ-FE V8 that driven the likes of the Lexus LS, GS, and other people. The mill helps make more than 320 horsepower (238 kilowatts), and you can get it with possibly a guide or automated gearbox, however there is a $4,000 cost change in between the two. Electrical power now routes to the rear wheels. A stainless steel and aluminum exhaust, with electronically managed cutouts, can help the V8 breathe.

The advertisement suggests the Celica is OBD and emissions compliant. It has air conditioning and airbags, and notes that “all techniques function as envisioned.” The entrance and rear suspension are from a Supra TT, and it also capabilities coilovers and adjustable manage arms. Brakes are upgraded to take care of the more electrical power, and it has a Helical confined-slip differential. Top velocity is north of 130 miles per hour (209 kilometers per hour), and the vendor is such as two sets of 18-inch F-Activity wheels and tires.

The cost begins at $29,000 for the automated, but all those seeking the guide will have to expend $33,000. It’s a ton of cash for a approximately twenty-year-previous car, however “one of none,” in accordance to the listing. And if it matters, there’s a new black leather interior, too, that gives the car a like-new physical appearance on the inside.