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

This one features adaptive cruise control and genuine TRD accessories, too.

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.

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. This example was also factory-optioned with adaptive cruise control.

It feels very Un-Toyota inside too, with extensive use of Alcantara on its doors, dashboard, gauger cluster surround and its seats. A floating gear shift console and orange interior illumination both feel inspired by Europe, too.

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.

The car pictured – 2008 Toyota Blade Master V6

Our Toyota Blade was built in December 2007 and is a ‘Master’ trim level.

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

Standard features include keyless entry and start, a reverse camera, Alcantara and leather interior trim, automatic headlights and climate control. Factory options include adaptive cruise control, corner parking sensors, TRD front spoiler, TRD muffler, ambient interior lighting, illuminated kick panels, rear stainless boot trim and a rear boot mat.

This example has also covered 94,060km from new. It comes with a Japanese export certificate, some service history and a new set of tyres.

Quick facts

  • 2007 Toyota Blade Master G
  • 94,060km
  • 3.5-litre V6 engine
  • Six-speed auto / front wheel drive
  • Factory equipment: Reverse camera, climate control air conditioning, electric seats, keyless entry and start, automatic HID headlights
  • Factory options includes adaptive cruise control, corner parking sensors, TRD front spoiler, TRD muffler, ambient interior lighting, illuminated metal side sill protectors, rear boot mat
  • Japanese de-registration paperwork and auction paperwork available
  • Japanese service history available. Vehicle was also recently serviced by our workshop.
  •  New Hankook tyres
  • Price includes three-months NSW registration
  • Price includes federal SEVS compliance
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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