6 Speed Manual
109,264 verified miles
2.0L 3S-GE BEAMS Blacktop engine
Kakimoto Regu R Exhaust
Tanabe Strut Brace
Dunlop Direzza RSC Wheels
Carrozzeria Head Unit
Color Code – 1C6 (Graphite Gray Pearl)
The 1998 Toyota Altezza RS200 stands as an icon of the late 1990’s automotive era, renowned for its sleek design, dynamic performance, and innovative features, it’s no wonder this has been an anxious arrival to the American market. While the US market has been provided the similar and widely known Lexus IS300 equipped with a NA 2JZ-GE, the Altezza RS200 features a new beast, the 3S-GE Beams.
This 3S-GE Beams engine, was given its name due to Toyota’s latest tech “Breakthrough Engine with Advanced Mechanism System” This featured a new dual VVTI system that operated on both the exhaust and intake cams allowing this engine to still pump out 207 HP despite the use of no forced induction. This power is sent through a 6 speed manual transmission that rows through all gears effortlessly. Putting this power to the ground, this Altezza is sitting on a set of Dunlop Direzza RSC wheels which give this vehicle a track-ready appearance while still maintaining a great daily driver feel.
This vehicle was very well taken care of by its previous owner in Japan as high quality, era correct parts are installed throughout. A shaved aftermarket grill keeps the look of this Altezza modest while still looking stylish. A Tanabe front strut brace ensures that the Tien coilovers keep the chassis stiff when driven on your choice of roads, no matter the condition. And to amplify on what could be one of the best sounding NA engines from the 90’s, an aftermarket intake allows the driver to hear the unmuffled sound of this legendary engine going through its cycle while the Kakimoto Regu exhaust gives this 2.0 liter an unforgettable tone.
The Altezza was only sold in Japan, and like many cars of this era it is inherently better than the alternative offered in the United States. Toyota and Lexus have to comply with a lot of regulations when manufacturing a car for the United States, and this means modifying some components, which ultimately leads to a decrease in performance. This is not the case for the Altezza, since it was only available for the Japanese Domestic Market. The BEAMS Blacktop 3S-GE motor was only offered in the Toyota Altezza RS200 and is the highest performing engine in its category.
If you’re in the market an iconic JDM sports car that can used for daily driving purposes or tearing up the track on the weekend look no further. This nimble, high revving Altezza stands as a testament to Toyota’s commitment to performance oriented and luxurious sedans. Having just reached the 25 year mark, this is one of the very first, federally legal examples to make it to the United States.
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