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Previa: Family Man’s Supercar

Posted in car modifications, Commuter Cars, Corner Carvers, Custom, Toyota by Dustin Driver | September 9th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

Okay, so supercar is a stretch. A big stretch. But if you want a mid-engined, supercharged, rear-wheel-drive ride with 50/50 weight distribution that seats eight people, you have to go Previa. The stock egg-shaped van could be had with a 2.4-liter supercharged inline four good for 160 horsepower stock. Oddly, the supercharger is engaged on-demand by an electromagnetic clutch system based on input from the ECU. Kind of like Mad Max’s supercharger switch. The supercharged versions were saddled with a slushbox, but the early models were available with a five-speed manual transmission. A gearhead could, with proper motivation, mate the manual with the SC engine to make, well, a kinda-fun minivan. A Stanceworks.com forum member who goes by the handle “shawnthemonster” decided to take a different tack with his Previa. He slammed the thing within an inch of its life, gave it independent rear suspension to get adjustable camber in the rear, and slathered the whole thing in red and black paint. So, okay, it’s not a high-performance machine and it probably rides like Fred Flintstone’s car, but it looks great.

Source: Build Threads, Stanceworks, Mike Gilbert Photography

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2 Responses

  1. Will says:

    I like it. Those Previa’s can actually look pretty nice when done properly.

  2. L says:

    That’s pretty awesome.