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#86

The Production Version of the 2020 3rd Generation Tanaka Akuma Revealed!



Tanaka Akuma V8S on the left and the Tanaka Akuma V8R on the right

Since its debut of the concept in the 2019 Geneva International Auto Show, Tanaka went on continuing to improve the car both in looks, performance and affordability. The senior designer, Abura Nagasaki, is now happy with the new design. The new 2020 Tanaka Akuma is now greenlit for production with deliveries starting on late 2020.



Tanaka Akuma V8S shown

Appearance

The initial design that was revealed in the 2019 Geneva International Auto Show was a design proposal by a group of junior designers of Tanaka. Tanaka decided to use this minimalistic design initially in their prototype debut at Geneva as a blank canvas for improvements. The design received positive feedbacks. However, Abura felt that something was missing. Therefore, he redesigned the car to give a more aggressive look to it. The rear centre vent is enlarged to allow more cooling. The front is especialy redesigned. While some of the original headlight shape retained, the whole headlight unit is changed. LED DRLs are now flowing to the bottom of the bumper. The side vents, which used to be at the bottom of the headlights, are now surrounded with the LED DRLs. There is are new centre vents to direct air to parts of the car. In between those 2 grilles is a bar. The bar can be in an aluminium finish, body-coloured finish, satin grey finish and a carbon-fibre finish. Of course, the bubble roof is still there to make space for taller people and people who use helmets to track their cars. But now, there is a sunroof in between the bubbles. Overall, details have been added and tweaked. This makes the car very recognizable.


The bare chassis of the Tanaka Akuma V8R with all the suspension and drivetrain components…

Performance

Of course, the chassis and the drivetrain stays the same. A full-carbon-fibre body on a full carbon-fibre chassis with pushrod suspension all around 4 corners. AWD is standard with E-Diff. For the V8S, the Z47DI-A2 EarthBoost unit produces 658HP and 615lb-ft of torque while for the V8R, the Z47DI-B2 EarthBoost unit produces 716HP and 620lb-ft of torque. Efficiency is increased too.

Trim V8S V8R
Suspension Type (F/R) Pushrod/Pushrod -
Transmission 7-Speed DCT -
Differential Electronic LSD -
Tire type Dunlap Sport Compounds -
Tyre Size (F/R) 240/290 mm -
Wheelbase (m) 2.72 -
Engine Z47DI-A2 EarthBoost (DOHC 4.7 litre 32 Valve Direct-Injected Turbocharged V8) Z47DI-B2 EarthBoost (DOHC 4.7 litre 32 Valve Direct-Injected turbocharged V8)
Horsepower (HP) 658 716
Torque (lb-ft) 615 720
Fuel recommendation 95RON Unleaded Premium -
Top Speed (mph) 212 214
Acceleration (0-60mph) 2.5 Seconds -
Lateral G (around a 20m radius circle) 1.25 g’s 1.27 g’s
Curb Weight (kg) 1487 1476
Fuel Economy (US MPG) 27.0 26.0
Brakes Carbon Ceramic, 2 piston front & 2 piston rear -
Seating 2 seats -
Interior Premium leather with Aluminium trimming (carbon-fibre optional) -
Infotainment System Tanaka Premium HUD -
Traction Aids ABS+TC+ESC+LC -
Suspension (springs/dampers/sway bars) Active Sport/Semi-active/Passive -
Active Aero 3-stage Active Aero -
All-Wheel Drive Standard -
Base Price (without mark-ups, taxes and shipping costs) $202000 $221000

Note: (-) means the same as the left


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Stay tuned for the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show for a surprise!


#88

This is a co.pany thread…not a challenge.


#89

2020 8th Generation Tanaka Aventus Ready for Production

Perfect for Japanese VIPs...

Because there was once a post from Killrob that the car using this body that was built in older versions of the game are cocked up, I might as well redesign this to fit more in line with my design language in this version of the game…



From left to right: Tanaka Aventus 5.0 G, 5.0 L and 5.0 L Executive. From now on, our newly revealed cars will be displayed at the main entrance/lobby of Tanaka’s design studio.

The Tanaka Aventus has always been our full-size luxury sedan since its debut in 1975. This has always been one of the go to luxury sedans for Japanese and probably whole of Asia. The Aventus entered the US market in the mid-80s (During its 4th generation, 1985-1995) and the European market (During its 5th generation, 1995-2005). Since then, this is now its 8th generation of the Aventus. Its 1st design was revealed at the 2019 North American Auto Show. But then the designers kept tweaking the design until its final design, which is down below.



Appearance

Following Tanaka’s rebirth of the brand to be more upscale and more exciting, Tanaka made the Aventus more sporty, but also more elegant than its original design. The grille now follows the new design language, which has 6 sides. This make the grille more pronounced. The LED lights are tweaked to fit the design language as well as being more effective. The side are also tweaked so that it has more details and also fit the design language. Like the recently revealed Aventis, the roof and part of its trunk is black to make it more cotemporary from its glaring contrast with bright colours. Like the X-Series, it also have black trimming cutting through the C-Pillar. The taillights are unique to the Aventus. The rear bottom fascia is also similar to the Aventis. The wheels we have selected to be put on the Aventus blends in well with the whole design of the car. The higher trim level you go, the more chrome trimming you get.


Interior

Step inside the new Aventus and you can see almost everything covered in very high-quality leather sourced from Italy. The rest are covered in your desired choice of trimming (be it wood, artworks behind glass, engraved signatures, etc) You can really see the quality of the leather as there are virtually no blemishes in there. In fact, the entire seats were made in the Tanaka luxury upholstery division in Italy. The seats are 30-way adjustable, both for the front and back. As expected, the seats are heated and ventilated, and also have massaging functions. Our iPad Pro-sized infotainment system is the most luxurious and most technologically advanced ever from Tanaka. They are very sensitive to the touch (sensitivity of touch adjusted by phone companies) to the level of smartphones. Our gauge cluster is also fully digital and fully configured. In the centre like always, a clock is in there. Not just any clock, but But the real party is in the back seats. With its 3.1m wheelbase, legroom is virtually endless. There is also a leg holder in case of you want to sleep in your Aventus in long journeys. For the 5.0 G and 5.0 L, there are 3 rear seats (the centre can be pulled down to reveal a tablet to control things you need). For the 5.0 L Executive, there are 2 rear seats only (the 2 seats are divided by a panel continuing from the front to back. Not only does it has the tablets, but also some storage space. But most importantly, a fridge at the back, or what we call the “Cool Room”. The bottles of champagne or wine can be put there together with 2 wine glasses or whiskey glasses (comes with an adapter to secure the glasses in place). If not, there is also an adaptor to secure either whiskey bottles, beer can or bottle and even a water bottle). And no, they are not optional, they are standard on the 5.0 L Executive unlike other manufacturers. Luxury obvioulsy means bussiness here.


The bare chassis of the Tanaka Aventus 5.0 L Executive with all the suspension and drivetrain components…

Engineering

The chassis is made of glued aluminium (will share the same chassis as the upcoming Crezta) and the whole body is made of aluminium to save weight. Its aerodynamic and elegant hatchback design makes the Aventus achieve a total drag coefficient of only 0.232 cd. Its wheelbase was extended to 3.1m. The engine is the F50DI-C1 EarthBoost unit (a 5.0 litre twin-turbocharged Direct-Injected DOHC V8) producing 414HP and 641lb-ft of torque to pull all that weight effortlessly. This 9-speed Torque-Converter Automatic is Tanaka’s most advanced yet. Of course, AWD is standard like usual. And of course, all safety feautures including autopilot that exists right now is standard on the Aventus.

Specs:

Trim 5.0 G 5.0 L 5.0 L Executive
Suspension Type (F/R) Double-wishbone/Multi-link - -
Transmission 9-Speed Automatic Torque-converter - -
Tire type Tyrelli Medium Compounds - -
Tyre Size (F/R) 220/220 mm - -
Wheelbase (m) 3.10 - -
Engine F50DI-C1 EarthBoost (DOHC 5.0 litre 32 Valve Direct-Injected Turbocharged V8) - -
Horsepower (HP) 414 - -
Torque (lb-ft) 641 - -
Fuel recommendation 95RON Unleaded Premium -
Top Speed (mph) 192 - -
Acceleration (0-60mph) 5.34 Seconds 5.34 Seconds 5.22
Curb Weight (kg) 2246 2250 2210
Fuel Economy (US MPG) 23.6 23.6 23.9
Brakes Vented Disks, 2 piston front & 2 piston rear -
Seating 5 seats - 4 seats
Interior Luxurious high-quality leather with piano black trimming (Wood optional) Luxurious high-quality leather with wood trimming Hand-made ultra-luxurious high-quality leather with wood trimming
Infotainment System Tanaka Luxury Infotainment Tanaka Luxury HUD -
Traction Aids ABS+TC+ESC - -
Suspension (springs/dampers/sway bars) Active Comfort/Semi-active/Passive - -
All-Wheel Drive Standard - -
Sunroof 2-Piece - Full Panoramic
Base Price (without mark-ups, taxes and shipping costs) $96400 $99900 $128000

Note: (-) means the same as the left
(20% Discount applies if you previously purchase a Tanaka vehicle brand new from the dealership)


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All test drives are welcome! PM me any time.


CSR114 - A Vision of Luxury
#90

Would like a “test drive” just to see this design closer, it looks really nice! I love that grille!


#91

I can’t describe how aweseom these cars look, and not to even mention how reasonable the prices are considering the internals. Amazing aesthetics, powerful and luxorious! The perfect combo


#92

1987-1995 4th Generation Tanaka Aventis



From left to right: Tanaka Aventis 2.0 B, 2.0 G, 2.0 S, 2.0 SR and 2.0 SR Turbo

With the Aventis nameplate being less popular do to the ugly, underperforming, outdated, hilariously unreliable and dissapointing 3rd Generation, it is then very clear that a replacement was needed. So, the engineers design a bigger, more comfortable and a more fuel efficient Aventis. With Japan’s economy rising at this point, the engineers have less worry about budget restrains and in 1987, the world was introduced to the 4th generation Aventis. The main difference at this point is that it is no longer RWD, the Aventis is now a FWD-only car. The engineers also developed 2 new engines for the Aventis, the EH-Series (SOHC all cast-iron I4) and the ES-Series (DOHC all cast-iron I4). The first focusing on fuel economy and the latter focusing on performance. The car was also less boxy then its predecessor. This also increases fuel economy drastically. Engineers also paid extra attention to reliability. Together with the conservative, but attractive looks, these improvements then, made this car back to the top.


Pre-Facelift (1987-1990)


Tanaka Aventis 1.8 B shown

The 1.8 B is the base model. It uses the EH18MPEFI-A1 unit producing 104HP and 106lb-ft of torque. It is equipped with a 5-speed manual with open diffs, 14-inch steelies with hudcap wrapped by a hard long-life tyres, solid disk brakes on the front and drum brakes in the rear, standard cloth seats with a basic AM/FM radio and an 8-track tape player and normal hydraulic power steering system. It can do 27.9mpg. Back then, its MSRP was $16600.


Tanaka Aventis 1.8 G shown

The 1.8 G is the mid-range model. Still uses the same engine. The only differences are the variable hydraulic power steering ststem, increased safety features, additional fog lights in the bumper, a standard 8-track tape player (a standard cassette player is optional) and an optional 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission. It can do 26.8mpg. Its original MSRP was $18400.


Tanaka Aventis 2.0 S shown

The 1.8 S is a sportier version of the 1.8 G. It uses the EH20MPEFI-B1 unit producing 126HP and 123lb-ft of torque. The 1.8 G’s 14-inch alloy rims were replaced by this wider 15-inch 5-spoke alloy rims wrapped by medium-compound tyres. Still same interior equipment from the 1.8 G. There is now a plastic front lip to make the car look sportier and reduce lift. The suspension is also stiffer and lower. Its rear drum brakes were replaced by solid disk ones. A viscous differential were installed. 0-60mph happens in 9.19 seconds and it has a top speed of 126mph. Its original MSRP was $19800. This is an affordable way to have fun.


Tanaka Aventis 2.0 SR (on the left) and Tanaka Aventis 2.0 SR Turbo (on the right) shown

In 1988, the SR and the SR Turbo was released. The engine used in both versions of the SR was a DOHC version of the EH-Series engines, dubbed the ES-Series. Both of them were added plastic side skirts and a rear bumper lip. In the 2.0 SR, the ES20MPEFI-A1 unit produces 154HP and 127lb-ft of torque. This drastic increase in power mainly comes from the VVT-I system in the engine. In the 2.0 SR Turbo, the ES20MPEFI-A1 T unit produces 197HP and 163lb-ft of torque. For both versions, the alloy rims are now replaced with wider 15-inch magnesium mesh rims wrapped by sport-compound tyres. The brakes are vented. The standard 8 track tape player is now replaced by a standard cassette player which was optional on other trims. The suspension setup are stiffer and they are also slightly lowered further. The bench rear seats were replaced by 2 individual seats. The 2.0 SR can do 25.6mpg, 0-60mph in 7.86 seconds and has a top speed of 131mph. The 2.0 SR Turbo can do 27.3mpg, 0-60mph in 6.66 seconds and has a top speed of 143mph. A way to distinguish the SR from the SR Turbo is that the latter has a hood scoop and black trimming.



Tanaka Aventis 1.8 W shown

The 1.8 W was introduced in 1989. It was basically a wagon version of the Aventis 1.8 G. It has a higher ride height and a slighly stiffer rear spring to prevent the wheels from scraping the underfender of the Aventis in full load capacity. This is considered by many the predecessor of the Ascent. Optional extras includes a standard cassette player, a tow hitch and a roof rack. Its original MSRP was $18400.


Facelift (1991-1995)

Summary

Of all proposed facelifted version of the Aventis from the Community Redesign Centre, I chose this version. Of course, I changed things like the rear fascia and the plastic bottom section. Thank you @Mad_Cat for the original proposal!


Top: 1991 Tanaka Aventis 1.8 B (left), 1991 Tanaka Aventis 1.8 G (right)
Bottom: 1991 Tanaka Aventis 2.0 S (left), 1991 Tanaka Aventis 2.0 SR (right)



1991 Tanaka Aventis 2.0 SR Turbo shown

The facelift was introduced for the 1991 model year. Visual changes includes a completely new front fascia, a completely new rear fascia, new rim designs, new body trimming and a spoiler (for 2.0 S, 2.0 SR and 2.0 SR Turbo versions.)
For mechanical changes, the EH-Series engines received a VVT system. This adds more power and fuel economy. For the EH18MPEFI-A2 engines (from the 2.0 B and the 2.0 G), the pistons are now low friction casts. This engine now makes 105HP and 108lb-ft of torque. For the EH20MPEFI-A2 engines (from the 2.0 S), the engine now makes 132HP and 125lb-ft of torque. For the ES20MPEFI-A2 engines (found in the 2.0 SR), it makes 158HP and 129lb-ft of torque. For the ES20MPEFI-A2 T engines (found in the 2.0 SR Turbo), it makes 200HP and 167lb-ft of torque.
For interiors, cassette players are now standard (no longer optional). For the 2.0 SR and 2.0 SR Turbo, the are now 5 seaters instead of 4 seaters in previous model years. All of these combined makes the Aventis faster and better fuel economy than ever, until the next generation.


#93

Hokuto vs. Tanaka time.


#94

Please do not forget to state the exact engine output for the trim in question.

Anyway, if Hokuto could enter the fourth-gen Levara in the early Super Touring era of the BTCC, why shouldn’t Tanaka do the same with its fourth-gen Aventis? It would make for a thrilling rivalry!


#95

They Just keep on getting better…


#96

The 1996-1999 Tanaka TR2


Tanaka TR2 shown

The 1996 Tanaka TR2, the Japanese poster car of the 90s. People remember this car because everything about it is crazy. It has a crazy looking body kit, a low chassis-mounted wing and a massive centre scoop on the roof. It has a crazy acceleration for its time and even fast in today’s standards with only RWD. Only 200 were ever hand-built from 1996-1999 in the Tanabe Racing Factory, the same place where TR versions of Tanaka vehicles were assembled. This is especially special for Tanaka as it was an experimental supercar that would spark a whole new generation of the sporty Tanaka brand image, unlike the boringness of the previous decades.



You cannot talk about this car without its crazy bodywork. The car was equipped with pop-up headlights. The grille was to direct air to the radiator, which was in front of the car. There are 5 scoops directing air into the engine to cool it with the most effective being the one on the roof. You can instantly notice the massive vents behind the rear wheels and part of the rear fender. Then in between those 2 vents is a wing. It sits so low that it almost “blends” in with the silhouette of the TR2. A choice of only Tanabe Racing Midnight Purple, Metallica Black or Tanabe Racing Blue 1 were only available.

Performance is what this car focuses on. The chassis and the body was made entirely out of carbon-fibre. Utilizing the technology from the GCR-1 Group C racecar, it has pushrod suspension on the front and the back to make it an exceptionally good-handling. It uses the C-Series V8 englne, the same series of engines used for the Tanaka Biome (the full-size pickup truck) and the 5th generation Tanaka Aventus (full-size luxury sedan). However, it was turbocharged and was heavily modified to now make 623HP and 571lb-ft of torque. It was mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. It is standard with a mechanical LSD. Again, it is only RWD. The tires are Dunlap sport compound tires with P205/45R19 87(Y) at the front and P275/35R19 55(Y) at the rear. The rims were 19-inch Magnesium rims specially made by BPS. There are 2-piston vented disk brakes on all 4 corners. It has a downforce undertray to minimize drag coefficient while producng downforce. In fact with all these aero, the TR2 produces a total of 984kg of downforce (front and back). The interior was not luxurious. The seats were made of lightweight aluminium and the whole dashboard was made of carbon-fibre, only wrapped by leather with carbon-fibre trimmings. There were still 2 airbags though. It has an AM/FM radio with a standard casette player with only 4 speakers. The power steering was variable hydraulic. The dampers were semi-active and has semi-active sway bars, making it one of the most technologically advanced at the time. This allowed the TR2 to achieve 1.21g’s on a 20m radius skidpad, 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 204mph, which is not the fastest by any means, but still very fast even in today’s standards. This makes it the first production Japanese car to reach speeds of over 200mph. The car needs serious skill and rewards patience with a great cornering ability. Hence, the TR2 was nicknamed “The Purple Dragon”. As it was Tanaka’s first mid-engined supercar, it is one of the best Tanaka vehicle in history. This is what inspired Tanaka engineers to create the next supercar, the Akuma.


#97

1967-1970 Tanaka C20X

Tanaka’s first ever sports car…



1967 Tanaka C20X shown in Century Brown

The 1967-1970 Tanaka C20X is Tanaka’s first ever sports car. The money from selling the 1st generation Aventis was immediately put into developing Haruto Tanaka’s dream car. Inspired by cars from that era, the body was carefully sculpted. Tanaka took their A-Series SOHC I4 engine from the Aventis and grafted 2 more cylinders to make it an I6 engine. The new engine was called the LR-Series. Haruto Tanaka’s goal was to show what Japan, and most importantly, Tanaka Motors what they’re capable of, especially with Tanaka Motors only open for 2 years. The end result was this:


(Closed Pop-up headlights)


(Opened Pop-up headlight)

Originally unveiled in the 1966 Geneva Auto Show for the 1967 model year, it shooked the whole world. “How the hell did this 1-year old company started building sports cars?” a quote by one of the automotive journalist back when it was first unveiled. Haruto Tanaka was the head designer of this project. He wanted to design his very own car and show it to the world what the man was capable of. In the other hand, Takumi Sakeyama was in charge of the engine. The LR28DCOE-A1 unit produces 205HP and 192lb-ft of torque and it screams all the way up 6200RPM. It was mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The rims are made 15-inch steelies with sports compound tires wrapped around the rims. The C20X has disk brakes on all 4 corners. The interior was made of leather. The seats were made of aluminium to save as much weight as possible. There was a single high-quality mono speaker and an AM radio. The C20X has hydraulic power steering as standard. Safety was kept standard to save weight. A subtle lip and the rear ducktail spoiler was added to reduce lift, with the latter also making the car look virtually “longer”. All this made the car accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.91 seconds, a top speed of 123mph and a max lateral g of 1.02 g’s. The C20X performed well in its time. It’s original price back when it was new in 1967 was $37100 (in 1967 money). And so, this made it one of Tanaka’s best car in history.


Only 300 were made with 50 imported to Europe and Australia, and 15 imported to America by a private exporter.

Throughout 1967-1970, the C20X was offered in 6 different colours. The colours offered were Pure White, Metallica Silver, Gloss Black, Dark Deep Blue, Mahogany and Century Brown.


#98

1970-1990 Tanaka TJ-40 and TJ-20



1970 Tanaka TJ-40 shown

While Haruto spent his profits for the C20X, he wanted to gain money. So, he decided that he wanted a 4x4 off-roader. In 1968, the first prototype test mule was tested and in 1970, the world was introduced to the Tanaka TJ-40. The TJ-40 was Tanaka’s car to be officially imported to the US (meanwhile, the C20X is completely for the Japanese market, but some importers imported it to the US). The TJ-40 was sold alongside the 1st generation Aventis imported from Japan by private importers (and were modified to meet the US regulations by them) and was sold through both few Tanaka official dealership and the private importer’s dealership. The TJ-Series quickly gained fame by being a very capable off-roader.


Pre-Facelift (1970-1979)


1970 Tanaka TJ-40 shown

This is the TJ-40 Hardtop. It was powered by a purpose-built 4.0 litre OHV I6 (the SJ40MFI-A1) producing 123HP and 201lb-ft of torque and it revs only up 4200RPM, perfect for off-roading. The drivetrain is a 4x4 system with manual locking front, rear and transfer case. The tires were cross-ply off-road tires wrapping around the 14-inch steel rims. There were disk brakes on all 4 corners. There was an off-road undertray to protect the underbody of the car. The interior was not basic too as it was made of standard cloth seats with an AM radio. Hydraulic power steering was standard as well. Naturally, this was the go-to version of the TJ.


1973 Tanaka TJ-20 Hardtop shown

With the new 2nd generation Tanaka Aventis released in 1973, it featured a new I4 engine series, the B-Series. So Tanaka decided to make a more basic version of the TJ-40 using the B20MPFI-A1 engine producing 106HP and 116lb-ft of torque. Other than that, the only changes include a plastic side trim, a basic AM radio to replace the standard version and slighly less safety features. This version is the TJ-20 Hardtop.


1975 Tanaka TJ-40 Pick-Up shown

The TJ-40 Pick-Up is a combination of the TJ-40’s tough and reliable SJ40MFI-A1 engine while featuring the basic necessities of the TJ-20. Despite being a pick-up truck, it still retain’s the roof rack and the spare tire. Changes include a 3-speed manual transmission, slightly wider tires, and stiffer suspension for heavy duties. Some countries build their economy by using the TJ-40 Pick-Up to carry things in the back. As a result, the TJ-40 Pick-Up was a very important truck in building some countries’ economy. Because the TJ-40 Pick-Up is used as a work truck, it was built the same way (no visual facelifts) all the way up to 1992, with the only difference being that the SJ-Series engine was updated like the normal TJ-40 and a basic 8-track for 1980-1987 and a basic cassete player until 1990.


The First Facelift (1980-1986)


A USDM 1980 Tanaka TJ-40 Hardtop and a JDM 1980 Tanaka TJ-20 Hardtop shown

With the Aventis gaining foothold in the US market in 1973, Tanaka built a factory there. In 1980, the TJ-40 Hardtop and TJ-20 Hardtop received a facelift. The facelifted TJ-40 is not only built in Japan and other countries. but also the US. The changes for both models include new sealed beam headlights, new rim designs and an 8-track player to go along with their radio. For the TJ-40 alone, the engine was updated to the SJ40MFI-A2 now producing 125HP and 193lb-ft of torque while also reducing emissions to be in the US market. As for the TJ-20, the B20MFI-A2 engine was updated to make 108HP and 118lb-ft of torque. But it doesn’t pass emission testing because there was no catalytic converter. Tanaka doesn’t feel the need to sell the more basic TJ-20 in the US and so, they didn’t put a catalytic converter and just sold it in other countries.


The Second and Last Facelift (1987-1990)


A USDM 1987 Tanaka TJ-40 (the gray one) and a JDM 1987 Tanaka TJ-20 (the white one) shown

In 1986, demand and sales suddenly started plummeting. Tanaka were panicking. So, they released another facelift for the TJ-40 and TJ-20 Hardtop. The mechanical fuel injection of the SJ-Series I6 engine was replaced with a new multi-point fuel injection system. The TJ-40 now makes 150HP and 213lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the TJ-20 received the engine from the 4th generation Tanaka Aventis 2.0 S, the EH20MPEFI-B1 engine which produces 126HP and 123lb-ft of torque. The headlight was changed again and the bumpers are now chrome (only for the TJ-40). The rear bumper is now a full bumper bar. The USDM TJ-40 came with an additional third brake light from the US regulations. The TJ-40 now has standard cassette player to replace the 8-track player. But the slow sales showed that despite these improvements, the TJ-Series is a dinosaur and it was beyond saving. In 1990, Tanaka announced that the TJ-Series was discontinued worldwide.


#99

The Brand-New 2020 Tanaka Okanawa

Production-ready version



Tanaka Okanawa 5.0 G (on the left) and Tanaka Okanawa 5.0 L (on the right) shown, all USDM Spec

The Okanawa is Tanaka’s latest model. The Okanawa is here to compete with the full-size luxury SUV market. It’s first version was revealed at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Since then, the design has been tweaked to fit in Tanaka’s new design language. The whole car is slightly tweaked. It is now better and ever. This is the perfect time to go on sale.

Design

For the Okanawa, the designers took the headlight+grille combo from the Aventis and the Atlantis. Then, they add a new design twist to the bumper. While it has the body-coloured bar on the front, there is also a fog light and turn signals divided while still giving a unique touch to the Okanawa. From the side, the side bar goes all the way from the end of the taillights to the turn signals on the fender, with the door handles hidden in that area as usual. For the rear, it differs from Tanaka design language and use its own.

Interior

For this segment, a prestigious and a luxurious interior is expected. For the 5.0 G, leather is on the dashboard, steering wheel, centre console, door armrest and the seats. Piano black trim surround the entire interior. An 11-inch touchscreen infotainment system functions the ambient lighting, AC controls and other miscellaneous things. A thinner screen on top of that is to display navigation, music, radio and other essential infos. Of course like all other Tanaka, the speedometer is all digital. So you can customize your speedometer with all the info as you wish. For the 5.0 L, leather is extended, the headliner is just an example. The piano black trim is replaced by wood trimmings. While the standard speakers are good enough for most people, harman/kardon speakers are optional. The Okanawa is a 3-row SUV, with 6 or 7 seats.

Engineering

The new Okanawa uses the UP-AL-DWML-Gen1 platform shared with the latest Aventus and the Crezta coming soon. All trims uses the F50DI-A1 EarthBoost unit producing 403HP and 475lb-ft of torque with cylinder deactivation. The V8 engine is mated to a 9-speed advanced automatic torque-converter transmission for the smoothest possible ride. This being an SUV, AWD is always standard with locking front, rear and centre differential to help you in off-road situations. Remember, this is not a crossover. To extract as much fuel efficiency as possible, there is a fully-clad undertray. The Okanawa has all the safety features available today, including autopilot. The suspension components are mostly shared with the Aventus (the active comfort springs, the semi-active dampers in the 5.0 L and the sway bars).

Specs

Trim 5.0 G 5.0 L
Suspension Type (F/R) Double-wishbone/Multi-link -
Transmission 9-Speed Automatic Torque-converter -
Tire type Goodstone Hard Compounds -
Tyre Size (F/R) 230/230 mm -
Wheelbase (m) 2.9 -
Engine F50DI-A1 EarthBoost (DOHC 5.0 litre 32 Valve Direct-Injected Turbocharged V8) -
Horsepower (HP) 403 -
Torque (lb-ft) 475 -
Fuel recommendation 95RON Unleaded Premium -
Top Speed (mph) 177 -
Acceleration (0-60mph) 5.95 seconds 6.07
Curb Weight (kg) 2294 2342
Fuel Economy (US MPG) 25.7 25.4
Brakes Vented Disks, 2 piston front & 2 piston rear -
Seating 6 seats -
Interior Premium high-quality leather with piano black trimming (Wood optional) Luxurious high-quality leather with wood trimming
Infotainment System Tanaka Premium Infotainment Tanaka Premium HUD
Traction Aids ABS+TC+ESC -
Suspension (springs/dampers/sway bars) Active Comfort/Adaptive/Passive Active Comfort/Semi-Active/Passive
All-Wheel Drive Standard -
Sunroof One Piece (half of the roof, full panormaic sunroof optional) -
Base Price (without mark-ups, taxes and shipping costs) $70800 $79500

Note: (-) means the same as the left
(20% Discount applies if you previously purchase a Tanaka vehicle brand new from the dealership)


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All test drives are welcome at any time! Just PM me any time.


#100

1st Generation Tanaka Akuma (2003-2007)


From left to right: 2003 Tanaka Akuma S, 2005 Tanaka Akuma S Kiwami 590 Edition

Ever since the discontinuation of the Tanaka TR2 in 1999, customers and fans have been wanting a replacement. So, Tanabe Racing was tasked by Tanaka to design a new supercar, one that would bring Tanaka to the next level. So in 2002, they unveiled the Tanaka Akuma for the 2003 model year. The Akuma was Tanaka’s first AWD supercar.


The design of the Akuma is defined by the principle of “Ninja”. Which means that the Akuma had to look sleek, aggressive, but also subtle, which some people might disagree on the latter. To help with the aggression part, Tanaka added in these “gills” at the side of the bumpers. This brings air to cool the brakes (for the front) and to release heat from the brakes (for the rear) while also makes the Akuma more distinct. To help with the sleek part of the design, the cabin was moved to the front, but not too obviously. This makes the Akuma look visually longer. The wing is also functional. It acts both as a downforce-producing device as well as releasing hot air from the engine. The roof scoop brings cool air to the engine. The vents on the side takes in cool air to cool the intercoolers (their split into 2). The taillights surrounds the wing, making the wing look natural in the Akuma.


2003 Tanaka Akuma S shown

The Akuma S uses the O45DI-A1 T (based on the C-Series engine, but extensively modified for this specific purpose) engine producing 579HP and 484lb-ft of torque. The Akuma S powers all 4 wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission, but can be optioned to have a 6-speed sequential transmission for an extra $1000, with a mechanical limited-slip differential. The rims were 6 spokes alloy rims with Dunlap sport compound tires wrapping the rims. The brakes were 2 piston vented brakes on all 4 corners. The interior has carbon-fibre bucket seats covered in suede (leather is optional) and aluminium trim surrounding the interior. There are 4 speakers in the Akuma with a standard stereo system and a standard CD player. The dampers are adaptive, so you can chooe which damper setting you’d like (comfort/sport). It weighs only 1384kg. All this enables the Tanaka Akuma S to go from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds (3.1 seconds with the sequential transmission equipped) and has a top speed of 202mph. It can do 1.22g’s on a 20m radius circle and 1.28g’s on a 200m radius circle. Back then, it’s MSRP was $113000 (for the manual version).




2005 Tanaka Akuma S Kiwami 590 Edition shown

The Akuma Kiwami 590 Edition was introduced in 2005 and was sold until 2006 in limited numbers. In fact, only 390 of these were built throughout 2005 until 2006. It was built to celebrate Tanabe Racing’s 15th anniversary of entering official races such as the Group C races, FIA GT3 races and most importantly, the JGTC. This version only came with the 6-speed sequential transmission. Changes include a larger and more aggressive carbon-fibre lip, new side skirts, carbon-fibre rear wing, 20-inch 6 spoke magnesium rims, wider and thinner sidewalls for the tires, reduced safety features, semi-active dampers, semi-active sway bars, and electric LSDs. This makes the Akuma one of the most technologically advanced at the time. The engine was also tuned to make 590HP and 484lb-ft of torque. All these means that the Kiwami 590 Edition only weighs 1340kg. This enables it to go from 0-60mph in 3 seconds and has a top speed of 202mph. It can do 1.25g’s in a 20m radius circle and 1.35g’s on a 200m radius circle. Back then, it’s MSRP was $121000. 200 of these were sold in Japan and the rest of Asia, 30 of these were sold in the US, 100 of these were sold in Europe and 60 of these were sold in Australia, making this one of the most valuable and sought-after Tanaka ever made.

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There was more planned for the Akuma. But unfortunately, Tanaka Heavy Industries were affected during the 2007 economic crisis, which led them to end the production of the Akuma and the 3rd generation X-Series. However, this cancelation meant that Tanabe Racing has a chance to design the 2nd generation without the need to still produce the outgoing Akuma. With this in mind, Tanaka fans have high expectations for this next generation Akuma.


#101

Without doubt, the original Tanaka Akuma (especially the hardcore Kiwami 590) is the best car you have ever made - and I am not exaggerating. Your attention to detail in both its design and engineering have ensured its place in the pantheon of great drivers’ cars of the 00s.


#102

1st Generation Tanaka Frizz (1992-2000)



From left to right: Tanaka Frizz B, Tanaka Frizz C, Tanaka Frizz G, Tanaka Frizz TRX4

The Tanaka Frizz was Tanaka’s first entry to the kei-car market. It was introduced in the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show for the 1992 model year. The Frizz is targeted to first time drivers who are looking to have their first car. The trim levels ranges from a basic 5 door commuter hatchback to a 2 door AWD turbo hot hatch. 2 new engine series were creates, the BA-Series and the BB-Series, both 660cc Inline 3 engines. But the former is an SOHC engine while latter is a DOHC engine. The first generation Frizz sold very well. It was also the 1st Tanaka to get over 40mpg.



1992 Tanaka Frizz B shown

The Frizz B uses the BA06MPEFI-A1 engine producing 34HP and 36lb-ft of torque to the front wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission. It has an open differential. The rims are 11-inch steel rims with hudcaps. The tires are hard compound eco tires with a width of 130mm. The interior is made of basic fabric with 5 seats and a basic cassette player. The power steering is hydraulic. There are no traction aids. The Frizz B is indeed the most basic version of the Frizz. It can do 41.6mpg.



1992 Tanaka Frizz C shown

The Frizz C is a more equipped version of the Frizz B. The hudcaps are replaced with Tyrelli-branded hudcaps for a more special look. The cassete player is improved with better speakers. ABS is now standard. It can now do 40.6mpg.



1992 Tanaka Frizz G shown

The Frizz G is the top-of-the-line version of the non-sporty Frizz. The bumper is a little bit different because the fog lights added. The hudcaps are changed to a more stylish and modern one. The steel rims are also enlarged to 12-inches. The undertray is now fully-clad to improve fuel economy. The interior is now standard better-quality fabric. The power steering is now variable hydraulic to improve drivability. A sunroof was also added. It can do 40.4mpg.



1993 Tanaka Frizz TRX4 shown

The Frizz TRX4 was introduced in 1993 as a kei hot hatch. The TRX4 exclusively uses the 2-door body. But even then, it still has 4 seats. It uses the BB06MPEFI-A1 T engine producing 64HP and 63 lb-ft of torque. The engine revs up to 7500RPM. The power is transferred to all 4 wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission and mechanical LSDs. The rims are 13-inch 5-spoke alloy rims wrapped around 160mm sport compound tires. While other trims levels have rear drum brakes, the TRX4 has rear solid disc brakes like the front. The body kit is entirely different. It can do 0-60mph in 13.5 seconds and has a top speed of 93mph, if you’re interested… It can also do 43.2mpg.

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Production ended in 25 February 2000 with a million cars sold. and it was replaced with the 2nd generation Frizz.


#103

This is really an excellent design, even one of the very best I have seen here in the forums. Plays in the Corsica Unknown league.


#104

This post is updated!


Remember when I said I will post the facelifted version of the 4th generation Aventis? Well, this is it. Enjoy…


#105

4th Generation Tanaka Aventus (1985-1995)



From left to right: Tanaka Aventus 3.0 G, Tanaka Aventus 3.0 L, Tanaka Aventus 3.0 T

The 3rd generation stopped production at 1983. With a time gap to design a new replacement, Tanaka imported more luxurious versions of the 1st generation Crezta executive sedan to the US. Tanaka went to work designing the full size luxury car. Then, the 4th generation was introduced at 30 March 1985 for the 1985 model year. It was the last Aventus to use an inline 6 engine, an engine layout used by the Aventus nameplate dating back all the way from 1975 with the S-Series engine. This time, the engine was now a DOHC 24 Inline 6, dubbed the SE-Series.


Tanaka Aventus 3.0 G shown

This is the base model of the Aventus. The 3.0 G was equipped with the SE30MPEFI-B1 engine producing 207HP and 197lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a 4-speed computer-controlled automatic transmission. The rims are 15-inch alloys with 210mm medium compound tires wrapping around the rims. The interior is made with premium leather with wood trimmings. There is a premium AM/FM radio with 4 high-quality speakers (on each door) and a premium cassette player. Variable hydraulic power steering is standard as well as ABS. The Aventus was very thirsty as it only gets 17.5mpg. Its original MSRP was $35300.


Tanaka Aventus 3.0 L shown

The 3.0 L was the most luxurious version of the Aventus. Changes include chrome bumper trim, new chrome rims and a luxury cassette player with an additional subwoofer. The fuel economy was even worse as this gets 15.6mpg. Its original MSRP was $40900.


Tanaka Aventus 3.0 T shown

In 1989, Tanaka introduced a limited edition of the Aventus, the 3.0 T. Tanaka only made 1299 Aventus 3.0 T’s from 1989-1991 to celebrate Tanaka’s new racing division, Tanabe Racing. The engine was turbocharged. The SE30MPEFI-A1 T now makes 273HP and 277lb-ft of torque. While it still retains the same transmission, the gear ratio is shorter and the differential is now a mechanical LSD. The rims are 17-inch CWS alloy rims with 230mm sport compound tires. The brake disk are enlarged. The undertray is fully cladded. It uses the same interior and interior equipment as the 3.0 G. The suspension is lowered and stiffened. It can go from 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 150mph. Its original MSRP was $38800. Nowadays, the 3.0 T is now quite valuable.

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The Aventus was okay-selling, but it didn’t match Tanaka’s expectation. The poor fuel economy for that era could contribute to that. For the 5th generation, Tanaka replaced the I6 engine with the V8. The reasoning behind that is that the I6 gives poor fuel economy and poor power figures, while the V8 have a way better power figure, more torque and potentially the same or better fuel economy.


#106

I would also like to Test drive the " 2019 Aventus"