THAT LEXUS BENT-EIGHT

Fast Car - - WILD CARD -

This Cel­ica may be pack­ing a V8, but it’s no agri­cul­tural Detroit pushrod. No, the 1UZ-FE is an ad­vanced, hyper­ac­tive and su­per-smooth de­sign used by Lexus for an im­pres­sive 24 years, from 1989 to 2013. It saw a num­ber of evo­lu­tions over that pe­riod; at launch, it was used in the LS400/ Toy­ota Cel­sior – a 4.0-litre 32-valve quad-cam V8 with steel rods and crank and hy­per­eu­tec­tic pis­tons. The lay­out has proper race car DNA, as it was de­signed on a plat­form based on CART rac­ing en­gines – hence its over­square con­fig­u­ra­tion. When the sec­ond-gen LS400 launched in 1995, the 1UZ-FE was re­vised with lighter pis­tons and rods and a raised com­pres­sion ra­tio, re­sult­ing in 265bhp and 269lb.ft. But de­spite its gruff power and race ori­gins, this en­gine is as smooth as silk and em­i­nently ap­pro­pri­ate for waft­ing in lux­ury – un­less you bolt on a turbo, that is! Trevor’s tur­bocharged 1UZ-FE kicks out an eye-wa­ter­ing 500bhp, which rather changes the char­ac­ter of the en­gine…

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