Toyota Cresno Super Twin Cam 16 mashup

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Toyota Cresno Super Twin Cam 16

If the name Toyota Cresno sounds unfamiliar you are correct: it is a combination of the Toyota Cresta GX81 and the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86. Both cars were brilliant in design and combining the two into one is a stroke of genius: now we know what the Cresta coupe would have looked like! The Cresno front section is taken from the Toyota Cresta GX81 and the rear section is taken from the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86, making use of the classy front end and a practical and sporty rear end.
Toyota Cresta GX81 + Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 = Toyota Cresno Super  Twin Cam 16
Due to the short front doors of the Cresta, the car sits on a short wheelbase, but that’s compensated by the increased width of the car. Also the addition of a third door turns this sedan into an practical hatchback.

The Toyota Cresno combines the bubble era and late showa. Being a Cresta derivative, this car breathes bubble era from bumper to bumper: everything inside is luxurious and was done to please the richer audience who had too much to spend already. The technological advancements are clearly visible with this car: all new engine technology, air conditioning, power steering, power windows, power mirrors and the list of features and options continues on.

Toyota Cresno Super  Twin Cam 16 blueprint

Toyota Cresno Chassis

The Toyota Cresno has 3 doors and the total length of the car is 4365mm.
Due to being a hybrid between a sedan up front and a coupe in the rear, the wheelbase is now extra short, measuring 2054mm in total. The weight of the car also changed from 1360 kilograms (Toyota Cresta GX81) and 940 kilograms (Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86) to 1078 kilograms (2378 pounds).

Toyota Cresno: a car mashup of the Toyota Cresta GX81 and Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86

Number of doors 3
Length 4365mm
Width 1625mm
Height 1335mm
Wheelbase 2054mm
Weight 1078kg
Front suspension McPherson struts
Rear suspension solid live axle
Topgear ratio 0.71
Final drive 4.30

Toyota Cresno: a car mashup of the Toyota Cresta GX81 and Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86

Toyota Cresno Engine and drivetrain

The Cresno features the Toyota 1G-GZE engine up front. This engine delivers 168 horsepower. The choice for the 1G-GZE engine is a natural choice: the 1G-GZE is more powerful than the Toyota 4A-GE.
With the weight of the car being 1078 kilograms, this alters the power to weight ratio to 14.19 lb/hp (8.63 kg/kW)
Toyota 1G-GZE engine

Engine 1G-GZE
Engine location front
Engine layout Longitudinal
Displacement 1998
Bore x Stroke 75 x 75
Cylinders 6
Aspiration supercharged
Intercooler yes
Power 168 hp (125 kW)
Torque 226 Nm (167 lb.ft)
Gearbox 4 speed automatic

The 1G-GZE supercharged twin cam 24 valve engine produces 170PS (168hp) and was based upon the experimental Lasre-Alpha engine.

Toyota Cresno Super Twin Cam 16 trim level

The Super Twin Cam 16 mixes the best out of the Toyota Cresta Super Lucent G and the Toyota Trueno Apex Twin Cam 16.
Toyota Cresno front trim: taken from the Toyota Cresta GX81
The Super Lucent trim level meant a digital gauge cluster and a cd player were standard.
The Apex Twin Cam featured bucket-like seats that offered decent lumbar support. The rear offers space for two more seats, but these seats offer (very) limited legroom.
Toyota Cresno rear trim: taken from the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86


Disk brakes were added to the AE86 to ensure it had adequate stopping power. Drifters prefer the AE85 drum brakes over the disks though…

The original front: Toyota Cresta GX81

This particular model of the Toyota Cresta GX81 was sold in 1989. The body style is a door hardtop sedan.
Toyota Cresta GX81
The Toyota Cresta X80 was a natural evolution of the boxy Cresta X70. Just like the X70, the Cresta X80 was aimed towards the Japanese upper class and featured the hottest luxurious gadgets like cruise control, adjustable suspension and parking sensors. The latter was introduced months before the Lexus LS400 showcased it to the world and brought a shock and awe to the renowned German luxurious car manufacturers. The Cresta X80 offered a very broad engine choice: from the ancient 7M-GE, through the 1G engine range including the super charged 1G-GZE to the newly introduced 1JZ-GTE. The 1JZ powered Crestas are the most sought after cars.

The Toyota Cresta GX81 ad campaign

The Japanese actor Tsutomu Yamazaki (山崎 努) coined the Cresta for many years. Ever since the introduction of the Cresta with the X50 platform he has featured the Toyota Cresta ads showcasing the immense class and luxury. He won the blue ribbon award for best actor in 1984 and in 1985 he played a John Wayne resembling trucker in the ramen western Tampopo.
Toyota Cresta GX81

The Toyota Cresta GX81 in popular media

Due to its luxurious aura, the Cresta lineup is a popular car for creating zokushas. In the Great Teacher Onizuka manga (and anime) the head principal of the school drives a X100 Cresta to show his higher status to his colleagues. His particular Cresta has a bad omen on it as it gets destroyed many times during the various stories and episodes.

The original rear: Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86

This particular model of the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 was sold in 1983. The body style is a door coupe.
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86
The Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 was the last rear wheel drive of the Sprinter lineup. It became the logical successor to the previous generation Sprinter Trueno TE71/TE72 with one key difference: it featured the was the launch vehicle for the newly Toyota-Yamaha developed 4A-GE engine that would become one of the best engines Toyota ever made. The Sprinter Trueno AE86 inherited the floor pan from the E70 coupe, but received various upgrades that would improve the handling. It also shared the platform with the Corolla lineup, where the Corolla Levin was the Sprinter Trueno’s sister model.

The Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 ad campaign

The Sprinter E80 ad campaign featured the Sexy Sprinter tag line alongside actor and singer Ikkô Furuya (古谷一行) as the Japanese celebrity praising the Sprinter lineup.
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86

The Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 in popular media

In popular culture the AE86 has been made immortal by both the Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya and the manga and anime Initial D. Tsuchiya raced the AE86 professionally during the early 80s and always favored it as his personal car. After owning several AE86s he settled during the 90s on a Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-V AE86 that had been modified extensively.

A junk Hachiroku: Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX AE86 by Wasabi Cars


The Cresno is a daring product by Toyota. Combining two of it’s existing cars into a new model and lineup was a risk, but it could potentially pay off as this could attract a new type of customer. Also by introducing a combination of two existing products as a new product the benefits of cost reduction should outweigh the cost of developing an entirely new car from the ground up.


Keep in mind that this is an automatically generated artist impression what could be a possible mashup between the Toyota Cresta and the Toyota Trueno. This is not meant to offend any person nor mock a specific car or car brand as all cars and car brands in our database are mashed up randomly. The gods of randomization feel that this was the proper hommage to both cars and highlighting their strong and weak points. In the end, just imagine this newly created car was a real thing and existed out of cost saving necessity. This isn’t the first time such a thing happened, hence we now have to live with the Toyoscionbaru BRZFR-SGT86 and soon with the ToyoBMW Z4Supra.

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