The engine jets 260 horsepower and 353 Nm (260-lb ft) of torque, and its clever quad-cam design lends itself well to a more exuberant driving style. From there, a six-speed manual replaced the automatic unit found at the start, and the exterior received a comprehensive GTR conversion. The results are a car you couldn't tell was a copycat unless you ran the VIN number. The look is tied together with Rays TE37V wheels with polished aluminum outer rims. Paired with the period-correct Japanese number plate, this could easily pass for the GT86 from Initial D's grandpa.
Inside, the stock wood trim on the dashboard is flanked by a select handful of aftermarket trinkets. Starting with some of the oldest Recaro bucket seats we've ever seen. It's easy for aftermarket equipment to look shinier and new-looking than the rest of the interior, even after wear and tear. But in this case, these seats are so worn you could mistake them for stock seats. Recaro opened its first Japanese branch in 1976, so these must be among some of the first Recaro sports seats to see Japanese soil. That's an originality factor remarkably different in charm than a perfectly OEM interior. Kudos to Rocky Auto for a job well done.