This Tiny Toyota Is Hiding A Screaming Suberbike Secret

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With an 11,000-rpm redline.

With gas prices at an all-time high across the globe, many who rely on cars for transport are opting for smaller and more efficient cars instead of the traditional sedan or SUV. These little vehicles can fit into tight spaces, don't cost an arm and a leg to insure, and are cheap to service, but there's one major drawback to driving one of these tiny tin cans: they're dead slow. One way to remedy this issue is to do an engine swap. The common trick is to use a B- or K-series Honda engine, but if space is an issue, one can always look to two wheels

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This Toyota iQ (related to the Scion iQ and Aston Martin Cygnet) started out life as a regular city car, but was turned into a Frankenstein performance car for the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon show. The exterior looks little like the original car thanks to a GR Yaris face transplant and rear-end conversion. This iQ also features custom bumpers and side sills, beefy fenders, a mean-looking rear spoiler, and a carbon fiber hood. This car looks like it's ready to rally, especially when it's sitting on a set of all-white alloy wheels with a widened track. On the inside, things are pretty basic: there's a pair of bucket seats, a Momo steering wheel, and a custom digital cluster, which indicates that something different lives under the hood, or behind the seats.

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This little Toyota now plays host to a rear-mounted four-cylinder, 16-valve engine out of a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R, which produces 208 horsepower at close to 11,000 rpm with 113 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via the original six-speed manual transmission, and the exhaust cheekily exits out of the rear side window. The ZX-14R can sprint to 60 mph in only 2.5 seconds, cross the quarter-mile in 9.8 seconds, and top out at a limited 186 mph. We don't think the car will match those figures, but with a curb weight of less than 1,900 lbs, it should make for one massively entertaining toy.

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