With so much thrust and grip, the Purple Dragon version of the TR2 Turbo would have been able to dominate the contemporary street racing scene - assuming someone managed to get their hands on it!
7th Generation Tanaka Aventus (2010-2018)
Tanaka Aventus 3.7 L shown
The 7th generation Aventus was actually scheduled to be revealed on 2008, but during that time, the global economic crisis was still there, so they just continued selling the 6th generation Aventus. While recovering from the crisis, the engineers figured that they could work on the 7th generation Aventus. It was revealed at in 2010. It is the only generation where it is only available with a V6. However, consumers still liked the car as it was more economical than its rivals. All trims can go over 30mpg. AWD is not available. However, people did not like its long-term reliability. While other Tanaka vehicles are reliable, the Aventus seems to be lower than the other models.
Tanaka Aventus 3.7 G shown
This is the 3.7 G, the base model. Alloy rims are standard. The interior is made of luxurious leather with a luxury SatNav system. It can do 30.5mpg. The 3.7 litre V6 produces 351HP.
Tanaka Aventus 3.7 L shown
This is the 3.7 L, the top-of-the-line model. The undertray is changed to a fully clad. It also has a luxury infotainment system. It only has 4 seats. It can now do 31.1mpg.
Tanaka Aventus 3.7 G facelift shown
Tanaka Aventus 3.7 L shown
The 2015 facelift introduces new things such as LED headlights and taillights and more. The wheel design is new. The place where the license plate sits at is now black to make the design more contemporary. It is also more reliable. The 3.7 litre V6 now produces 353HP. Slightly more powerful. Sales are going stronger, but fall down in 2017 and 2018. It is replaced by the new 8th generation Aventus that was revealed at the 2019 North American Auto Show.
The return of the Trinity
The original Tanaka Trinity advertisement in 1995 shown
This is the 2nd generation Tanaka Trinity. No one saw this coming. They thought that the Trinity was just used for the Group B rally. But from their experience in rally, they transferred it to this. Their mission is to put as much technology as possible in a budget. They spent a lot of time in their R&D division. The car was also co-developed by Tanabe Racing (hence the TR from Trinity is combined). The special features of this car includes all-wheel-drive, all-wheel-steering and a Turbocharged engine. The result of that is one of the best cars Tanaka has ever made.
The car was equipped with the Turbocharged version of the same engine used in the Tanaka Aventis and Atlantis, the D-Series. This particular engine is the D20MPEFI-D1T, which produces 210HP. It revs up to 7200RPM. The power is then transferred to a 6-speed manual transaxle. It has a mechanical LSD and AWD as standard, making it Tanaka’s first mid-engined all-wheel-drive car. The Trinity weighs around 1101kg.
The Tanaka Trinity was also daily-drivable. Because it has AWD, it can drive through the snow in case their customers live somewhere snowy. Not only that, but the AWD also makes this car very drivable. The Trinity also sips on fuel, with 32.6mpg. Tanaka is so proud of this that they are promoting this car a lot in movies and advertisement. It is appeared in many movies and animes, In fact, this is one of the most promoted Tanaka model in history. The result 360,000 of these successfully sold from 1995-2002. The Trinity went down in history as one of the greatest Tanaka model and one of the best-selling Tanaka sports car. Nowadays, these cars are used in autocross, time attacks and mountain racing in Japan. The car was produced from 1995-2002.
1991 Great Archanean Trek [SUBMISSIONS CLOSED]
For those who never got a chance to drive the infamous TR2 Turbo Purple Dragon, the Trinity would have been the next best thing, with AWD traction, ample turbo power and light weight. The surprisingly good fuel economy and low purchase price would have been icing on the cake.
The Dawn of Tanaka Sports Cars, the C20X
The original Tanaka C20X Chassis no.1 shown in Isle of Skye
The C20X was lauched in 1967. It was envisioned by Haruto Tanaka himself. He wanted a beautiful sports car with a soul. There was a lot of options for a sports car. But Haruto wanted to build his own. So, he asked his friends and workers to build a sports car. Hauto designed the car by himself. After all the planning, the building proccess started. It was handbuilt and each car took 110 hours of labour. The product was ready to be launched in the 1967 Geneva Auto Show. It was revealed there and people were surprised that this small and tiny Japanese car company, which only been around for 2 years, can build something as beautiful as this. Only 600 of these are ever made.
Tanaka C20X Chassis no.1 shown
The front bumper bar is one unit with the grill, turn signals and front lip. They are chrome. The headlight is shaped from a trapezium. The magnesium rims were supplied by an Italian wheel company. They are wrapped around grippy radial sport compound tires. The mirrors are mounted on the fender. The rear wing is chrome. So is the rear bumper bars. The rear is pretty simple. There is an antenna for the radio.
The LR28DCOE-A1 engine inside the C20X shown
Under the bonnet/hood, there is a 2.8 litre 4 valves per cylinder SOHC Inline 6 producing 192HP @ 5700RPM. The engine can rev up to 6200RPM. The block is made of cast iron with an aluminium head to reduce weight. It has twin DCOE carburetors for the fuel system. The headers are long tubular. There is a baffled muffler to reduce noise.
The car is also very light. With only 933kg of weight, the Tanaka C20X can propel itself from 0-60mph in 7.03 seconds. The result of all of Haruto’s dream is one of the best Japanese sports car ever made. Production ended in 1970. This car appeared in many games and movies.
The Tanaka AA Platform - 7th Generation Aventis and 1st Generation Ascent (2015-Present)
The all-new 7th Generation Tanaka Aventis
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 G shown
The 7th Generation Aventis was introduced in 2015 to replace the outgoing generation. The engine is a brand new unit for 2015, the J-Series. The 2.2 litre direct injection version of J-Series was used in the 3rd generation Tanaka Atlantis revealed in 2019. For the Aventis, a 2 litre Multi-Point Fuel Injection version is used. To reduce complexity and cost. The design is also new. It is now more aggressive to attract younger customers. But also modern at the same time to keep it from looking dated.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 B shown
This is the Aventis 2.0 B, the base model. It has steel rims with a hudcap on it. The interior is standard with a basic infotainment system. It can do 40.2mpg. The transmission is a 7-speed advanced automatic.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 G shown
This is the Aventis 2.0 G, the mid-level trim. The bumper is slightly different as it has fog lights. The rims are now alloy. The interior is now standard with a standard infotainment system. It can do 39.2mpg.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 S shown
This is the Aventis 2.0 S, the sportier model of the G. Changes include wider medium compound tires, 18-inch alloy rims, lower ride height, sportier suspension setting, more powerful engine (J20MPEFI-C1 EarthBoost producing 204HP), a ducktail spoiler on the trunk and a new front bumper. The brake calipers are now red. AWD is now standard on the S and TR version. The transmission is a 6-speed manual, making it a driver’s car. It can do 0-60mph in 7.62 seconds. It can also do 1.01g.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 TR shown
This is the ultimate version of the Aventis, the 2.0 TR, which was introduced in 2017. Tuned by Tanabe Racing, the TR is now lighter than the 2.0 S thanks to 18-inch magnesium rims and a now standard 10s safety. The hood now has a vent to allow the engine to breathe even more. There is a rear-wing to produce downforce. There is also a lip at the front bumper. There is also a rear diffuser at the rear bumper. The J-Series engine (this version: J20MPEFI-D1 EarthBoost) is now pushed to 304HP and it now revs up to 8200RPM. The tires are switched to sports compund and are also now wider to give as much grip as possible. Combined with the lower ride height and a sportier suspension setting, the 2.0 TR can do 1.16g. The differential is now a mechanical LSD instead of the viscous LSD’s used in other trim levels. It can now accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.47 seconds. The steering is now switched to the traditional variable hydraulic system to allow drivers to communicate with the drivers. Launch control is also now available in the 2.0 TR.
Since 2015, 500000 units of the 7th generation Aventis has been sold worldwide. The Tanaka Aventis has always been Tanaka’s best-selling model and this one is no different. It has outsold the previous generation Aventis in the first year and has been going great ever since.
The brand-new Tanaka Ascent
Tanaka Ascent 2.0 G shown
Tanaka has been watching the markets carefully and found out that crossovers are getting more popular. So they decided that the platform that the 7th generation Aventis is perfect for a crossover. However, they didn’t want to make a hatchback. So instead, they turned it to a crosswagon. The Ascent is introduced at the same time as the Aventis. The design is mostly the same with a more rugged look.
Tanaka Ascent 2.0 G shown, tow hitch is part of the optional towing package.
The Ascent is available with AWD as standard. The engine is the J20MPEFI-C1 unit, the same as the Aventis 2.0 S. The ride height is increased. Other than that, it is basically the same car as the Aventis. It can do 34.2mpg. The 2.0 G is the only trim level.
A black Tanaka Ascent 2.0 G towing a full-interior trailer.
In terms of sales number in North America, the Ascent has slighly more than the Aventis. This car is mostly used by moms for grocery-getting and by families for road-tripping. But occasionally, the Ascent is used by off-roaders to climb up the mountains and to tow things.
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The Epitome of 90s Tanaka Luxury (The 5th Generaton Tanaka Aventus)
Tanaka Aventus 5.0 L shown
This is the 5th generation Tanaka Aventus, introduced in 1996. This was one of the longest wheelbase of Tanaka models on the 90s. Its only focus is luxury and it is one of the best selling Aventus generations. It is also one of the customer’s favorite car because of its very long wheelbase for its time, the Aventus was very roomy inside. It is up to par with its german rivals. For the first time, the Aventus is equipped with a hydropneumatic suspension system that makes this feel like riding on the cloud. This was also the first Aventus to be equipped with a V8 and a computer-controlled automatic transmission. It ended production in 2005 where it is replaced by the 6th generation Aventus.
Tanaka Aventus 5.0 G shown
This is the base version of the Aventus. The 5 litre V8 produces 313HP and 314lb-ft of torque. It has a luxury interior with luxury cassette player. The rims are 16 inches 5 spoke alloys wrapped around medium-compound tires.
Tanaka Aventus 5.0 L shown *
This 5.0 L was introduced in 1997 as part of Tanaka’s Personality Program (TTP). Here, customers can choose their paint finish, interior colour, interior trim pieces, choice of rims and etc. All the little details can be added like a customized door sills, colour of interior lights, colour of stiching and piping, etc. Even flag poles can be added. The interior is a hand-made interior by the workers of TPP and a luxury CD player. The rear seats are now 2 individual reclining captain seats instead of the bench seats of the 5.0 G. There is an in-built refrigerator that replaced the centre seat.
* This example shown in the picture above is equipped with a gloss black paint and two-tone rims. The interior is beige with an oak wood interior. The interior is not equipped with any piping options.
“Tanaka Aventus ‘Bippu’ style”
The 5th generation Aventus has appeared in many movies where the Yakuza gang is involved. Nowadays, used 5th generation Aventus are popular in the VIP stance scene. The most popular body kit is from “Emotion Body Kits” which is installed on this car. This one has an accuair air suspension sytem. Shown on this picture, it is on its lowest setting.
Unlike other Tanaka models of the 90s, the Aventus is quite unreliable. The engine is quite reliable, but the electricity parts of this car are not. The CD player, traction control and basically any other electrical parts of the Aventus are very problematic. That is why you should never buy the Aventus without any service history. Always bring it to any official Tanaka dealership or any Tanaka-approved dealership for a pre-purchase inspection.
The 8th Generation 2020 Tanaka Aventus (Confirmed Version!)
The 8th generation Tanaka Aventus was revealed at the 2019 North American Autoshow. Since then, it got some good reviews. However, the design of the car was rushed through and Tanaka could have done better. This is the confirmed version.
Most of the changes comes from the design. The front grille is slightly renewed and the overall front profile is improved thanks to the side vents being black, meaning that the whole front grille and side vents now has a better flow, looks more cotemporary and more prestigious.
The biggest change is in the rear. The headlight shape is redesigned and the trunk is tweaked a little bit. These improvements makes the car look more handsome and sleeker.
This is the official colour palate of the Tanaka Aventus. As you can see, no gloss colours available for the Aventus, only metallic colours. Red Mauve Mica is the first Mica colour used by Tanaka. It is a $1500 extra.
These are the available interior trims, only 3 wood trims.
The only available version right now is the 5.0 L, powered by a 5 litre V8 that produces 394HP. At other markets, particularly Asia, a 3.5 litre V6 version will be offered. The starting price is $54072 (without mark-up). Some of the standard features include AWD, luxury HUD and infotainment combination, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, parking assist, 360 degree surround view camara, etc, autopilot, luxurious leather interior and more. The Aventus can do 26.3mpg, quite good for a car that weighs around 2240kg. This is definitely the confirmed version if the Aventus. The car will be sold in Japan first in early September 2019, with worldwide markets in late December 2019.
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The 2nd Generation Tanaka X-Series
Tanaka 300X TR shown
The 2nd generation X-Series was introduced in the 1995 Tokyo Auto Show for the 1996 model year. As for the silhouette of the car, the 2nd generation looks quite similar to the previous generation. However, the difference is skin deep as the chassis of this generation is stiffer and the length of the car is shorter. The 300X is an icon in the JDM community and this is no exception. Powered by the same V6 as the 1st generation Tanaka Atlantis, and power going through the rear wheels, the 300X is a very fun car to drive. The 2nd generation was the best selling X-Series generation of all time. The car was produced from 1996-2002 and it appeared in many games (notably the Gran Turismo series, Forza series, Need For Speed series, Project Gotham Racing and etc), especially the TR version.
Tanaka 300X shown
This is the base model. It is equipped with the V30MPEFI-B1 unit producing 221HP without any sort of forced induction. It comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission and a viscous LSD. These have 15-inch alloy rims as standard wrapped around sports compound tires. 0-60 mph happens in 6.3 seconds and this has a top-speed of 146mph. The interior is premium leather with a premium casette although a premium CD is optional.
Tanaka 300X Turbo shown
This is the Turbo version. It is equipped with the V30MPEFI-A1 T unit used in the Tanaka Atlantis TR producing 276HP. Underneath it is all the same except for a slightly harder dampers for a sportier ride. 0-60mph happens in 6.18 seconds and has a top-speed of 156mph.
Tanaka 300X Turbo S shown
This is the Turbo S, first introduced in 1998. This version is a special edition for 1998-1999. Only 1500 of these are ever made. It is faster and better than the normal Turbo. The only available colours for the Turbo S is Metallic Marigold and Metallic Rich Red. The Turbo S has a new front bumper for extra cooling and a blacked-out rear diffuser. The V30MPEFI-B1 T unit produces 323HP. The differential is a mechanical LSD. The Turbo S is equipped with wider 16-inch magnesium rims and wider sport compound tires, better brakes, a sports interior. and a new 6-speed manual transmission. It is also lower and has a sportier suspension setup. The Turbo S also has active aero which are flaps on the bottom of the car that helps with downforce when needed. 0-60mph happens in 5.22 seconds and it has a top-speed of 167mph.
Tanaka 300X TR shown
This is the ultimate incarnation of the 2nd generation X-Series, the 300X TR. As the name implies, the car is tuned by Tanabe Racing for the first time. It is made from 2000 to 2002. Only 600 of these are ever made (200 for each year). The only available colours for the TR are Victoria White, Tanabe Racing Blue and the Tanabe Racing Midnight Purple. It has a new body-kit and a taller rear wing. The V30MPEFI-C1 T unit produces a staggering 407HP, way ahead of other Japanese sports cars at the time. Active aero is also present in this car and the taller wing and larger lip gives it more downforce. The fenders of the TR is also wider to fit wider tires. These are the same wheels, but wider. The sidewall of the tires are also thinner. To keep the weight down, safety features have been decreased. The TR is even lower than the Turbo S. Because this is a special edition, it came standard with the premium CD that was optional in other trims. With all of that improvement over the Turbo S, the TR can do 0-60mph in 5 seconds and has a top-speed of 177mph.
The 70s Brown…
Tanaka Aventus 6.0 L shown
This is the 2nd generation Tanaka Aventus. It was in production from 1978-1980. Compared to the first generation (which has a wheelbase of around 2.8 meters), the 2nd generation has a longer wheelbase (around 3.1 meters). This made the car being more spacious, but also slower and heavier. Their original plan is to make their Inline 6 more powerful. However, they did something else.
The CL60MFI-A1 engine under the hood of the Tanaka Aventus 6.0 L
That’s right, it’s a V12. They glued 2 of their Inline 6 into a V-engine. At the time where people have small 4 cylinder engines in the fuel crisis, this Japanese company put a V12 into a large luxury car. With the V12, they made power easily. The 2nd generation Aventus made 235HP. It is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. This generation is more reliable than the previous one. The V12 is super smooth.
The only available trim level is the 6.0 L. The interior is made of luxury leather and pillows with loads of wood trimming and a luxury 8-track. The rims are 17-inch alloys. It can do 0-60mph in 9.19 seconds and has a top speed of 130mph (BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH OF A BRICK THIS IS!). Exclusive for the 2nd generation Aventus is a colour called Century Brown, which is the colour used on the pictures above.
The 2nd generation Aventus were used as a government car in Japan in the 70s. The Japanese emperor at the time owned this car. Unfortunately, this is a Japan-only car. It is not exported to any other countries. This is the only generation of the Aventus to use a V12.
I am very proud of this design. Let me know what you think? Is it 70s enough?
I like your 70´s style generally. ther are some little things that are not optimal, the sidebars seem to be one piece, so how do you open the doors?
I think the indicators on the side are too big, also the on the front, they are to long, but that´s my personal taste.
Before the Trinity
This is the 1991 Tanaka TOP (Tanaka Off-road Prototype), a test mule of the 1995 Tanaka Trinity. To see a more in-depth look, more information of the lore and to see how it performs, click the thing below…
The 4th Generation Tanaka X-Series (2010-2019)
Tanaka 450X shown
This is the 4th generation Tanaka X-Series. It was released in 2010 being the first X-Series powered by a V8, the Z-Series, instead of a turbocharged V6 from the previous generation. This newly-designed V8 was the basis for the engine used in the 2nd and 3rd generation Tanaka Akuma. The one in the X-Series were the naturally-aspirated versions. This generation has the longest wheelbase of any X-Series generations yet with a wheelbase of around 2.8 meters. This generation was also the first and probably last to use a lightened AHS steel chassis. To make it look beautiful, the designers has made the hood long with a smaller cabin than usual, which is why people complain about the tight space in the rear seats. The philosophy of the technology detox works well with the X-Series, making it a driver’s car even though it’s a GT. The design is a little bit ahead of its time thanks to its unique taillights. It is also the first generation to use LED running lights.
Tanaka 450X shown
This is the 450X, the base model. Equipped with the Z45DI-A1 unit producing 422HP and 325lb-ft of torque going through a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission for the first time, a mechanical LSD (this is the last generation to use them) and an active comfort suspension. It was RWD. The X-Series has a luxury interior combined with a luxury infotainment system. It can do 22.3mpg. The rims are 19-inch alloys wrapped around medium-compound tires. The 450X can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds and can do 172mph flat-out.
Tanaka 450X S shown
This is the 450X S, the top-of-the-line model until 2017. The 450X S has a sportier suspension setup, slighly wider sport-compound tires and 20 inch alloy rims. It is also lower. The Z45DI-B1 unit produces 458HP and 339 lb-ft of torque. The springs are active sports. It can do 21mpg, accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and has a top-speed of 175mph.
Tanaka 450X Facelift shown
A facelift for the X-Series occured in 2015. The facelifted versions have new headlights (the LED running lights can also be used a turn signals), new rims for both 450X and 450X S, a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, an electric LSD and slighly better all-round quality. But the biggest change of them all is the introduction of the AWD versions and a new trim, the 450X TR. Because of the new AWD system, the front tires of all 450X were thicker than the RWD models.
Tanaka 450X S Facelift shown
The 450X S has a bigger change. Not only are the rim designs new, but they are also now made of magnesium. The 450X S also have a more agressive diffuser to fit in with the more aggresive rims.
Tanaka 450X TR shown
In 2017, the 450X TR was released. It is a special edition only for 2017 and 2018. The 450X TR is based on the 450X S AWD. Only 300 of these are ever made. They only made so few of them because they did not want to damage the X-Series’ reputation of being a GT. The 450X TR were considered as supercars because of the supercar levels of performance. Tuned by Tanabe Racing, this version used the Z45D1-A1 Earthboost unit from the 2nd generation Tanaka Akuma which produces 585HP and 557 lb-ft of torque, has a sportier suspension setup, wider tires and fenders, 19-inch carbon-fibre rims, a new body kit, a wing, carbon-fibre trim pieces, removed rear seats, sports interior, launch control and more just to name a few. The X-Series is lighter than any of the facelifted models. The pre-facelift models are still lighter. The result is that 0-60mph happens in only 3 seconds flat and has a top-speed of 181mph.
Example: Tanaka 450X (pre-facelift) shown, equipped with 19-inch rims, looks like 18-inch
Did you know that the X-Series rims look smaller than they actually are?
The lip of the rims are made black to blend in with the tire. The reason behind this is because the size of the rims affect the looks of the car. Too large and the car looks weird. This design however stopped with the facelifted 450X with the new rims, but still continues with the 450X S and 450X TR. Because of its 20-inch rims and the new rim design (which has a very thin lip), they decided to make the whole lip black and leave the spokes untouched. This makes those 2 versions look very agressive.
Breaking News - Tanaka Motors Announces Bankruptcy!
Tanaka Model 5 shown
Tanaka Motors, a major Japanese car company, had announced bankruptcy. They will close all plants and free up thousands of people working there. As their new job, Tanaka bicycles are looking for more employees. The Tanaka bicycles have some history to the Tanaka Heavy Industries. With the Model 1 produced from 1962-1969, Model 2 from 1969-1979, Model 3 from 1980-1995, Model 4 from 1995-2006, and its current iteration, the model 5 from 2006-present. Tanaka Heavy Industries is looking to expand and had now started to making air-conditioning and TV’s. This sparks a new beginning in the future history, introducing the Tanaka Home Equipments.
April Fools Day!
The 3rd Generation Tanaka Aventis (1980-1990)
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 Turbo shown
The 3rd generation Tanaka Aventis was released. The car featured a very boxy 80s styling. This made the car look like the 80s, but the car has a lot of drag. Combined with the low power, the car has a very low top-speed. Its fuel economy is also not up to par with some other cars with the most economical version getting 21.4mpg and the thirstiest version getting 18.3mpg. Reliability was improved from the previous generations. This generation is most famous for its longitudinal front-wheel drive drivetrain in the sedan versions. This is the only rear-wheel drive generation other than the 1st generation. It was nicknamed “the block” because of its boxy shape.
Tanaka Aventis 1.8 B shown
This is the 1.8 B, the base model. It is equipped with the B18MPEFI-A1 unit (a 1.8 litre NA SOHC I4) making a mere 100HP going to the front wheels through a 4-speed manual transmission with an open differential. It has 13-inch steel rims, a semi-clad undertray, drum brakes on the rear, a standard interior with a basic 8-track and a hydraulic power steering. It can do 21.4mpg.
Tanaka Aventis 1.8 G shown
This is the 1.8 G. It has the same engine, same manual transmission (for the manual version), a 4-speed automatic transmission (for the automatic version), disk brakes in the rear, a standard 8-track and a variable hydraulic steering.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 S shown
This is the 2.0 S, introduced in 1982. It is only available in a coupe form. It has a new 5-speed manual transmission, the same interior as the 1.8 G, same equipments as the 1.8 G, a sportier suspension setup, wider 14-inch alloy rims wrapped around sports-compound tires, a new body kit, the rear seats ripped out, mechanical LSD, and vented brakes. It also has the BA20MPEFI-A1 unit (2 litre DOHC NA I4) producing 139HP going to the rear wheels. Yes, it is now RWD. This version is often used by drifters and street racers and have appeared in some animes.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 Turbo shown
This is the 2.0 Turbo, introduced in 1985. It is quite similar to the 2.0 S, but has a journal-bearing turbo on it. The BA20MPEFI-A1 T unit (2 litre DOHC tubocharged I4) producing 204HP. It has a 2.0 Turbo exclusive side skirts, a 2.0 Turbo exclusive hood (the hood scoop is on top of the turbo), and 14-inch magnesium mesh rims. Even with all this power, it only has a top-speed of 130mph. It can do 0-60mph in 7.14 seconds. Even with that problem and because the 2.0 Turbo is very affordable, a lot of college students still bought these. One thing they don’t like is the massive turbo lag due to having single journal-bearing turbo.
Tanaka Aventis 2.0 Turbo X shown
This is the 2.0 Turbo X, the absolute pinnacle of the 3rd generation Aventis. It was released in 1988 and only 500 are ever built. Tanaka put every single technology from their Group B rally experience into the Turbo X. It is standard with AWD (making it the only AWD Aventis until the 7th generation). Most of the turbo lag is now fixed with a single ball-bearing turbo. This version also bring new a 3-way high-flow catalytic converter, which makes this engine (this version is the BA20MPEFI-A2 T) more powerful (now making 228HP). It has vents on the bumpers and side skirts. It also has a new fully-clad undertray, shorter gear ratios for better acceleration, a standard cassette player and better aerodynamics. The result of all of that improvement is 0-60mph in 6.66 seconds and a top-speed of 132mph.
2nd Generation Tanaka Atlantis (2010-2018)
Tanaka Atlantis 3.0 T used as an unmarked police car in the anime ‘Detective Conan’
The 2nd generation Tanaka Atlantis was released in 2010 to replace the very outdated 1st generation Atlantis. This is currently the best-selling generation with 3,162,693 cars sold worldwide from the 8 years of production. This was the first ever Atlantis to feature a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine as Tanaka wanted to put the EarthBoost technology to more and more models. This was also the last generation of the Atlantis to use a multi-point fuel injection.
Tanaka Atlantis 2.0 B shown
The 2.0 B is the base version. It is only available with the FE20MPEFI-A2 EarthBoost unit producing 166HP. It has a 5-speed manual transmission, viscous LSD, 17-inch steel rims and standard interior with a standard CD player. It can do 34.8mpg.
Tanaka Atlantis 2.0 G shown
The G versions can be either equipped with the same Inline-4 engine as the 2.0 B or the TC30MPEFI-A1 V6 engine (the smaller version of the T-Series engines found in the 7th generation Aventus) that produces 207HP. The changes are having a 7-speed advanced automatic transmission, a sunroof and 18-inch alloy rims. A way to differentiate a V6 version from an Inline 4 version is to look at the back. The I4 versions have a double exhaust while the V6 has 2 seperate exhaust on the left and right side of the rear of the car.
Tanaka Atlantis 3.0 L shown
The L versions are just G versions but with a premium SatNav system.
Tanaka 3.0 G Facelift shown
The 2015 facelift gives the Atlantis a new LED headlight unit, standard and premium infotainment system (for the B and G, and L versions consecutively), parking cameras as standard and panoramic sunroof as standard (only for the G and L versions) with the roof painted black to blend in. The 4 cylinder versions of the Atlantis had a completely new engine. The J-Series engines use in the 7th generation Aventis is also used in the Atlantis (the Atlantis version is the J20MPEFI-C1 EarthBoost) and now makes 204HP, making it more powerful, but also more economical. The V6 engines are also more powerful, now making 215HP. AWD were also optional. However, the facelift brought a new trim, the 3.0 T.
Tanaka 3.0 T shown
The 3.0 T was famous for being a sleeper. The only giveaway that this Atlantis is different from the other Atlantis is the intercooler behind the lower grill, the ducktail spoiler on the trunk, the slightly different body kit and the alloy rims which by the way, are optional for the G and L versions, only that this one is gray. The tires are wider and are now medium compound. The car sits lower and the suspension is slighly stiffer. But the biggest change is the engine. The engine is now twin-turbocharged as you can probably see from the intercooler. The TC30MPEFI-A2 EarthBoost unit now makes 417HP with only 91 RON pump gas. This engine was the first V6 engine to have a flex-fuel management. AWD is optional. The interior is just standard leather with standard infotainment system Safety equipments are reduced to standard 10s to reduce weight. For the FWD version, it can do 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 189mph. As for the AWD version, it can do 0-60mph in 5.95 seconds and has a top speed of 181mph. But just because of all of this, doesn’t mean that this car is a sports car. In fact, it is just a stupidly fast midsize sedan. It cannot corner as good as sports cars and it is very bloated. However, the 3.0 T was also famous partly because it was featured in the anime ‘Detective Conan’ and several Asian detective movies. The 3.0 T was often internationally known as the detective’s car.
Tanaka Atlantis 3.0 T AWD shown with the S-Package
The S-Package was introduced in 2016 because car journalists were dissapointed that the normal 3.0 T cannot compete with real midsize sports sedans in terms of cornering ability. Tanaka dealed with that by adding 19-inch magnesium rims wrapped around sport compound tires, making it only 4 seats, a fully clad undertray, mechanical LSD, 7-speed DCT, carbon ceramic brakes and a sportier suspension setup. The engine was left untouched. The result, 0-60mph happens in 4.9 seconds and the top speed is 189mph and it now has a way better handling. It can do 1.10 g’s. But the package costs an approximate extra of $9000 and it is only available for the AWD version of the 3.0 T. This however, made the journalists happier as they can now have a sleeper can destroy sports cars both at the straight line and in corners.
2nd Generation Tanaka Osaka (2015-Present)
Tanaka Osaka 2.0 G shown
This is the 2nd generation Osaka, introduced in 2015 to replace the outdated 1st generation. This is the 1st Osaka to ever feature a multi-link rear suspension, making it quite comfortable, the first Osaka to even have LEDs, let alone they are standard and the first Osaka to receive the 2.0 Active trim (making this version a sub-compact crossover). Tanaka wanted to push the EarthBoost technology worldwide. All versions of the Tanaka Osaka in all countries sold in have the EarthBost technology to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.
Tanaka Osaka 2.0 B shown
This is the 2.0 B, the base model. It is equipped with the J20MPEFI-A1 EarthBoost unit producing 160HP and 174 lb-ft of torque. It is FWD. It has a 7-speed advanced automatic transmission and a viscous LSD as standard. The rims are 16-inch steel rims with a hudcap on it wrapped around hard long-life compound tires. The interior are standard cloth with a basic infotainment screen on it. Every Osaka comes with all the latest safety technology except for autopilot, some of these features are not available in other countries like the Middle East and SouthEast Asia. It can do 41.5mpg.
Tanaka Osaka 2.0 G shown
This is the 2.0 G, the mid-range version. The changes for this version are standard infotainment system, 17-inch alloy rims and a fully-clad undertray. This can do 41.3mpg.
Tanaka Osaka 2.0 S shown
This is the 2.0 S, the sportiest version currently. It has a new body kit, sportier suspension, The J20MPEFI-B1 EarthBoost unit producing 171HP and 179 lb-ft of torque, vented brakes, a 6-speed manual transmission, a mechanical LSD and a wider sport compound tires. The 2.0 S was said to be quite fun around the corners from journalists. There is however an even sportier trim coming soon…
Tanaka Osaka 2.0 Active shown
If you don’t need sporty, the 2.0 Active is for you. It is now a crossover instead of a normal hatchback. It has a more rugged look to it. The market trend forces Tanaka to release this car, it was sold from 2016 until now and it is the one of the best-selling Tanaka model ever. it has an AWD system with a mechanical LSD, thicker tires and a higher suspension to improve its off-roading capability. The 2.0 Active was advertised for people who wants to go basically everywhere and the car has its capability to literally go off-road, unlike some of its competitors who just makes their cars look more rugged.
The Tanaka Osaka has been a hit to the world. Majority of its sales comes from Europe and Asia. 1.6 million cars were sold in Europe, 2.5 million sold in Asia, 1.1 million sold in Australia (63% of its sales comes from the 2.0 Active), 1.2 million sold in the USA (the only version available in there is the 2.0 Active). The Osaka proved to be very popular. With the crossover craze skyrocketing, the 2.0 Active sales are also skyrocketing
Woah, I’d just like to say that the Osaka really is one of the most realistic looking cars i’ve seen in this thread and perhaps even the entire forum. The front lights look very nicely detailed and the custom “floating roof” design you’ve made works really well!
Really, do keep it up please, can’t wait to see more!
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