Drifting AE86 Plays With LS400 V8 Power
This is a V8 swap, but there is no Chevy small block to be found. Rather, this particular machine has swapped the 1UZ from an LS400.
Matt Farah recently bought a 1996 Lexus LS400 with nearly a million miles on her. Now fellow gearhead and Jalopnik contributor Tavarish has the car in New Jersey, and he’s prepping it to trek across the States to reach Los Angeles.
Shortly after Toyota started the Lexus brand in 1989, Mark Templin started his long career at Toyota. He’s now a managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation and executive vice president of Lexus International, responsible for leading the luxury brand’s global operations. We got the chance to ask him a few questions at the preliminary press kickoff for the 2015 New York International Auto Show.
Real Car Reviews really wants you to know that this is not Matt Farah’s Million Mile Lexus LS400, but it is now officially a classic.
Back in 1990, Lexus only sold the ES250, which was based on the then-current Toyota Camry, and the LS400, its rival to the big four-doors from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Cadillac. Had that latter car been a dud, I probably wouldn’t be writing this on this site right now.