A humble Toyota Corolla factory-fitted with a 200-kilowatt 3.5-litre V6 engine

It's also one-of-159 examples ever built in 3R6 Wine Red metallic

Yes – Toyota unbelievably fitted its 3.5-litre ‘2GR’ V6 engine into the humble Corolla.

It’s the same engine most-famously seen in the Toyota Crown, Toyota Mark X, Toyota Aurion, and others. Called the Toyota Blade Master, it was a niche product that was sold exclusively in Japan over a three-year period from 2007 until 2009. In that time, Toyota only managed to sell 2,880 examples of its Blade Master, making it quite a rare car from what is the largest car brand in the world.

And of that 2,880 cars it produced, only 159 examples were ever finished in “Wine” pearl red. It’s an unusual colour that goes from a rich and vibrant red to light purple in direct sun and on an angle. On top of being an extremely rare colour, this one was specified new with black Alcanara interior.

The six-speed auto features paddle-shifters to entice the driver, and on a sweeping back road the old Blade isn’t a bad thing to have at your side.

Toyota beefed up the suspension and brakes to handle the extra potency – just stick your head under the back and take a look at the upgraded levels of rear-axle adjustment it has.

As a flagship product in the range, the Toyota Blade Master was naturally well-appointed too: keyless entry and start, electric seats and automatic climate control.

The car pictured – 2008 Toyota Blade Master V6

Our Toyota Blade was built in February 2008 and is a ‘Master G’ trim level.

That means it’s powered by a 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated V6 engine dubbed ‘2GR-Fe’ with 206kW of power and 344Nm of torque. Power to sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

This example has covered 109,763km from new. It comes with a service history, two keys, a few genuine Toyota accessories. Upon arrival into Australia, this vehicle will be serviced by our workshop with genuine parts.

Specification Breakdown

Quick facts of the car pictured be found here:

  • 2008 Toyota Blade Master
  • 109,763km
  • 3.5-litre V6 engine
  • Six-speed auto / front wheel drive
  • Factory equipment: Climate control air conditioning, electric seats, keyless entry and start, automatic headlights
  • Factory options: metal side sill protectors, rear boot mat
  • Japanese de-registration paperwork and auction paperwork available
  • Two keys
  • Price shown is for the vehicle landed and complied in Australia
  • Vehicle is currently in transit from Japan
With a 3.5-litre V6 engine crammed under its bonnet, the Toyota Blade Master will likely surprise a few at the red light Grand Prix.
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