The continued growth of car culture in Indonesia is pretty intriguing one. What we featured here in ladyonwheels as just a part of that significant growth toward passion and styles by couple of people in Jakarta-Indonesia especially. In its infancy, stance and fitment style sometimes lacked its true understanding by several car enthusiasts. Basically we collected ideas from whatever we saw on the internet, and some of the styles they attempted to reproduce weren’t always what true sweet fitment culture was about.
Today, USDM, JDM, stance-fitment and OEM+ style fanatics in Indonesia starts to adapt those types styling in every single day. The lines of communication are plentiful and a lot of enthusiasts here are loved to share its knowledge, photos, video, and more whenever needed to accomplish their build. For example, do you remember Mr. Uwi Krisna with his VW Golf Mk1? He has been featured here twice because of his consistency on his build and keep sticking to fancy USDM styles. Okay, back in topic today, Toyota Soarer is one of the car that you just can’t see it every day, and really needs no words to describe just how amazing it really is. One look to this 1992 Soarer, and it’s obvious that nothing too much on this car. From the customized fender work, body kit, wheels, and snugged ride height. Everything comes together to create a nice look on this platform.
What you see on our article today might seem a bit “simple” for many of you who regularly encounter modified Toyota Soarer (especially in super wide fitment or even drift’s scene). As I mentioned earlier, in Indonesia, it’s pretty rare to see this platform. Most Soarer in here are typically a garage troves or race or drift-themed vehicles that seen on track. We’d be surprised if we woke up one day and expected to see a clean Soarer that was touched for cleanest look. It’s not like others who loved to pull their wallet limits for heavily modified Soarers, not until we met Steven and his Toyota Soarer onto our desk.
According to several reviews and facts, Toyota launched the Soarer and its Lexus equivalent in the early 1990s. It was designed in America and aimed at affluent Americans who wanted a stylish well built and fully equipped coupe. For the Japanese market, it was badged as a Toyota, the Soarer to be precise, and was conceived as a sporty model, but on the other side of the western hemisphere, it carried the Lexus badges of Toyota’s premium brand and was a luxury model. Steven’s Soarer has the quad-cam 4.0-litre 1UZ-FE V8 engine as the same engine as the Lexus had. Ive driven kind of Soarer several years ago, and it’s a silky smooth unit that is equally at home cruising around clogged city streets as it is at speed on the open road. Most Soarer for Indonesia have a four-speed electronic automatic gearbox, but the 2.5 GT-T is also available for a five-speed manual gearbox but with 1JZGTE turbo engine. Independent suspension was under both ends, with coil springs on earlier cars and airbags on later ones. What a nice revving-happy sport luxury car ever made by Toyota at their era.
But suddenly Steven said that he have not changes anything with the car yet. Its reasonable when he said that he just bought this car couple months ago, including all the mods parts. He said that when bought this car, he considered several points such as good body condition, fresh interior, and came up with pretty nice Varrstoen wheels as starter, before he begin his build to make this car looks better than its initial condition. We’ll start off with the exterior. Steven’s soarer strikes that perfect balance of being aggressive without being too off-the-wall crazy. He realised that several bodykit brands or companies love this chassis, and there are some seriously wild kits out there for these cars that transform them into something that doesn’t really look like a Soarer anymore. Best thing is the previous owner prefers the stock lines thankfully, however beefed up of course. The front and rear bumper added with custom lips, while the front fenders got some vents to draw how beast this car is. I really like how the front bumper and those vent’s fenders flow well together, their cutaway design really driving home that track feel, and the rear over fenders give it extra safe when Steven planned to order some nice wide wheels.
At the suspension system, Steven thankfully received several branded parts such as front upper arms, roll center adjuster pillow lower arms, rear camber adjuster, rear toe arms, traction rods, those came from IKEYA FORMULA brand. Paired with those stabilization parts, an ISC Coilover planted in all four fenders. Those are actually a really great bargain to start working with this car. Steven planned to change this old Varrstoen wheels in the future. This varrstoen has really nice spec, measured at 19 9.5-10.5″ with +22 offset all around. To optimized the braking system on this soarer, the OEM Mk4 Supra brakes has been implanted well along with Project Mu brake pads.
Inside cabin, the OEM+ theme continues. The original driver and passenger seats are still preserved. Extra grips while driving comes courtesy of a Nardi steering wheel. Rests, all in good stock OEM condition. Steven also re-trimmed the interior with black color to gives a nice clean interior.
If there was one car that epitomized a simple old sport car culture in Indonesia, this Steven’s Soarer would be the good example. Steven said also that he had numerous plans to start with this beauty in the future, but now he only wants to drive it as is. Thanks for reading guys.