The 2nd Generation Tanaka X-Series (1995-2005)
From left to right: Tanaka 300X, Tanaka 300X Turbo, Tanaka 300X Turbo Spec A, Tanaka 300X Turbo TR
This is the 2nd generation Tanaka X-Series. Compared to its predecessor, the design of this newer generation is rounder and smoother. No sharp angles, no sudden angles, all just smooth and round. Being a GT car, the wheelbase was kept long, now approximately 0.1 m longer than its predecessor.
Tanaka 300X shown
The design was also made to appeal to younger audiences. A small diffuser and a lip kit made this car look edgy. A small wing was an element important in the design of the 2nd generation X-Series. As it is important, the third brake light was also placed there. Power is also increased to satisfy the customer’s need for speed and power. The chassis is 15% stiffer than its predecessor to compensate for its increased size and weight. People loved its design and especially its driving characteristics, which is now even sportier. Tanaka is focusing more on sportiness in this generation. There is no luxury version like its previous generation, and all versions came standard with a manual (only the 300X, 300X Turbo and 300X Turbo Spec A was available with an optional 4-speed computer-controlled automatic transmission). Especially in its TR form, the Tanaka X-Series became an icon of the late 90s and early 2000s, appearing in many movies and games such as the Need For Speed series, Forza series, GT Sport and more…
The V30MPEFI A1 T engine in the Tanaka 300X Turbo shown
When Tanaka stopped producing Inline 6 engines (last used in the 1st generation X-Series and the 4th generation Aventus), fans and enthusiasts were disappointed that they will not able to have the simplicity and the smoothness of an Inline 6. Although having a V8 in the X-Series was planned, they decided to use the V-Series V6 engine from the 1st generation Tanaka Atlantis. However, unlike its Atlantis engine counterpart, the ones used in the X-Series were stronger, more powerful and revs higher. The V6 was also more compact and lighter, which means that packaging is easier and the front-to-rear weight ratio was better. This also means that it leaves a huge amount of space for tuners and mechanics to work on the car. As a result, turbocharging was easier and the turbocharged version was introduce along side with its NA counterpart. The car was designed to be turbocharged unlike its predecessor which was introduced in 1985, only introduced the Turbocharged version in 1989, which was what it should’ve been from the day it was introduced.
Tanaka 300X shown
The Tanaka 300X was equipped with the V30MPEFI-B1 unit producing 221HP and 201 lb-ft of torque. It revs up to 7000PRM. It came standard with a 6-speed manual transmission combined with a mechanical LSD. The rims are 16-inch 5-spoke alloy rims wrapped around sport compund tires (also thicker than its predecessor). The brakes are solid disk brakes all around the car. It has a semi clad undertray. The interior was made of premium leather and was available with a premium CD as standard. The safety was advanced 90s. ESC was an option in 2000. Sunroof was standard across all versions of the X-Series. It can do 0-60mph in 6.66 seconds and has a top speed of 151mph.
Tanaka 300X Turbo shown
This is the 300X Turbo, the Turbocharged version of the 300X. It uses the V30MPEFI-A1 T unit producing literally 276HP and 265 lb-ft of torque. It is the same engine used in the 1st generation Tanaka Atlantis 2.0 TR. It also has a longer gear ratio to increase its top speed and reduce wheelspin. Other than that and extra turbo badging on the front grille and the trunk, nothing else have been changed. It can do 0-60mph in 6.07 seconds and has a top speed of 160mph.
Tanaka 300X Turbo Spec A shown
The 300X Turbo Spec A was the top-of-the-line model introduced in 1998. It was the top-of-the-line model until 2002 when the 300X Turbo TR was introduced. It uses the V30MPEFI-B1 T unit producing 323HP and 268 lb-ft of torque. The rev limiter was increased to 7700RPM and the exhaust system was more free-flowing and less restrictive. It has 17-inch magnesium rims, wider tires, vented disk brakes all around, a fully-clad undertray, sports interior, fog lights and a sportier suspension setup. It can do 0-60mph in 5.47 seconds and has a top speed of 174mph. This version was the heaviest of the bunch.
Tanaka 300X Turbo TR shown
This is perhaps one of the most recognizable and the ultimate version of the 2nd generation X-Series, the 300X Turbo TR. Introduced in 2002, it used to be a 300X Turbo Spec A which was tuned by TR. The result is one of the best Tanaka vehicle ever made. It is still RWD, however the car was very grippy. Wider and grippier sports compound tires were exclusively made by Dunlap for the 300X Turbo TR. The body kit is also new. It features a new front and rear bumpers, new diffuser, new lip, new sideskirts, carbon-fibre mirrors and a new carbon-fibre wing. A hood scoop was added as well to suck air into the engine. Extra TR badges were added (T made of carbon fibre and R coloured white to distinguish the letters). The engine is the V30MPEFI-C1 T unit produces 400HP and 355lb-ft of torque. The rev limiter was increased 8000RPM. The 300X Turbo TR also used a electronic LSD to send power where its needed precisely. The brakes are also larger, more downforce is produced from the wing, lip and diffuser, the rear seats are removed, some safety features were removed and sway bars are now semi-active. The suspension setup is now even sportier. All of this made the 300X Turbo TR go 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 179mph. This was also the lightest of the bunch weighing at 1452kg. Only 200 of these were ever made. 25 of these are in the US, 100 of these in all of Asia, 50 in all of Europe and another 25 are in Australia.