Levin Notchback AE2k
I recently had the chance to shoot one of the most intriguing cars in the Bay Area. From the outside, it looks like a normal, stanced Toyota Corolla AE86 with the Levin Notchback body. However, under the hood lies one of the most powerful street-legal Honda engines ever made. Yes you read that right, this car is Honda powered, more specifically an F20C out of a 2004 Honda S2000. But other little gems also hide under the hood of this beauty.
With 240hp under the hood and a weight of of less than 2000lb’s, it’s no wonder why you can’t see it clearly when it flies by.
When this AE2k does stop though, it turns heads and breaks necks. At least under normal circumstances, you almost never see an AE86 with 15×8′s up front and 15×11′s in the rear.
As with any major swap, displays usually get switched out. It’s quite pleasing seeing how well the AP1 display blends with the classic, square lines of the AE86 dashboard. The hint of carbon fiber around the arching of the display doesn’t hurt the appearance either.
Other improvements linger within the car. The stock AE86 were swapped out for caliper from the FC3S.
You have to respect that fitment. At the moment, the fenders look a bit iffy but the owner, Lito, says fender flares are in the near future and possibly new wheels as well!
The Levin front end seems to suit the AE2k concept much better than the much more desirable Trueno front end. I believe the Levin look gives it that bit of an edge, a more sleeper look than the Trueno.
All in all, this Levin AE2k is a wonderful car, whether it turns into a car breaking necks at meets or on the track, I think it will live an amazing life, especially under Lito’s care. For those who are curious, below is a spec sheet of the major features on the car.
2004 Honda F20C Engine and Transmission Megan Racing Coilovers
JSP AE86/S2k Conversion Mount Kit Cusco Strut Bar
Cusco Mounts T3 Tension Rods
OEM Hond Spark Plugs & Thermostat T3 NRCA
Afco Racing Aluminum Radiator T3 Traction Bracket
Circuit Sports Aluminum Coolant Reservoir DE Adjustable Bump Steer Tie Rods
Flex-A-Lite Dual 10” Fans FC3S RX7 Turbo Caliper Conversion
Stainless Steel Brake, Clutch, & Fuel Lines Mini-Cooper Brake Rotors
Setrab Oil Cool With Stainless Steel Lines 2-Way LSD Zenki Rear End
Saiko Michi Oil Catch Can 15×8 (Front) & 15×11 -25 (Rear) Wheels
Walbro Fuel Pump
Panda Paint Scheme OEM Toyota Steering Rack
Kouki Levin Front End Nardi Steering Wheel
Zenki Front Grill Works Bell Quick Release & Wheel Lock
DDM HID Headlight Kit Sparco Bucket Seat & TRD Racing Harness
JDM Zenki Rear Bumper OEM Honda Type R Shift Knob
Kouki Center Truck Garnish Battery Relocation To Back Seat
Thank you to Lito for allowing me to feature is amazing AE2k.
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Photos and words by: Braulio Negreira