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TIL

...that if you lived in Japan between 2007-12*, you could buy a Toyota Corolla hatch with a 3.5L V6 stuffed under the hood. Plus, as if a 280hp Corolla wasn’t a world-class Q-car already, it didn’t even come with a loud body kit.

It had a truly excellent name too, even by JDM standards. Meet the Toyota Blade Master G:

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Photo: Somebody in Japan
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Photo: Somebody in Japan

*and therefore if you live in a JDM-friendly country like NZ, you can in theory get one now. Never seen one for sale, but I’ve never known they existed before either, and Toyota hatches aren’t something I habitually cruise eBay for, so who knows.

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