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Nat Huynh's 2007 Lexus LS460L - Big & Boosted

Meet a big body VIP sedan that does a whole lot more than just look pretty

Big Mike
Apr 5, 2017
Photographer: Jofel Tolosa

"I've always had a love for big body sedans," Nat Huynh begins. "There are numerous big body chassis available, but the LS is king above all. The reliability, ride quality, and comfort are great." It is with that mind-set that this Lexus LS 460L project began, although initially, things were pretty simple.

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In the beginning, Nat checked all the boxes for your typical VIP sedan, installing a body kit and slamming it on big wheels with air suspension. "The car was complete and I was content with what it had. I just wanted something done to the engine to finish it." After a discussion with good friend Carlin Chiu, owner of Impact Performance, the decision was made to do a makeover that would not only include more horsepower, but a completely new look.

Phase two started by converting the original front end to a more modernized '15 F Sport version. This isn't as simple as bolting in the new headlights and a bumper—the conversion required numerous parts to be swapped. "Anything that required adhesive, we ordered new ones," Nat explained. "We also went back and forth to the Lexus dealer so many times, the parts department knew why we were there." Once the conversion was done, the lines and curves of the exterior were addressed next. "I chose the Black Pearl Jewelry Line body kit because it was the most aggressive one at the time. I met Singo Utumi and Yota Nakayama of Black Pearl a few years back when I was visiting Osaka, Japan, and we discussed the previous rendition of this car. When it became time to change it up, I decided to work with them again."

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The updated front and Black Pearl kit, combined with Wald vented fenders, made for one of the most aggressive VIP cars we've seen stateside. Nat continued adding more touches to the exterior, reaching out to Kimxon Souvannadeth of Ulterior Motives in Sacramento to widen each fender using metal. The LS was then handed over to Josh White of Priola Bodyshop in San Mateo, where it was painted BASF RM Candy Brandywine.

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No build is complete without paying attention to the entire driver/passenger experience. It was here where Nat reupholstered the seats, trunk enclosure, and center console using a combination of tan and chocolate brown leather with diamond stitching. He also added VIPStyle pillows, floor mats, and an Endless rear table.

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Audiophiles will appreciate the quality of components used in the stereo. Focal mids and tweeters were mounted onto the A-pillars while 10" subwoofers and two-way speakers were installed in the trunk, all powered by two Arc Audio amps. For car shows and meets, you can bet Nat will have the 32" LCD in the trunk playing as well.

To propel the heavier luxury sedan, Nat was able to source the first HKS GT supercharger for the LS460 in the States. Being the first one at the time combined with the fact that the kit was designed for a right-hand-drive car in Japan, you can imagine that fitment would become an issue. Once they got down to it, though, no problems occurred, and the added boost is estimated to make more than 100 hp over stock. Nat finished off his build just before SEMA '16 with Futura big brakes and 21" VIP Modular wheels custom-ordered for his car.

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This supercharged LS adds to a growing portfolio of Lexus project cars completed by Nat. He owns a widebody SC430 that he finished for SEMA '15 and is also starting a new LS430 project to wear Job Design aero. Will it go through as big a makeover as this LS, and will it be boosted? Your guess is as good as ours, but you can probably count on seeing it debut at this year's SEMA show.

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By Big Mike
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Nat Huynh's 2007 Lexus LS460L - Big & Boosted
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Owner: Nat Huynh
Hometown: Union City, CA
Occupation: Manufacturing Supervisor for biomedical company
Power: 420 whp; 400 lb-ft of torque
Engine: HKS GT supercharger, Circle Earth grounding kit, air filter; Tom's Racing front strut tower bar; TRD oil cap; custom billet engine covers; polished engine components, exhaust, radiator cap, coolant bottle; Cusco oil catch can; Odyssey battery
Engine Management: HKS F-CON
Footwork & Chassis: Air Runner On The Ground edition suspension
Brakes: 405mm front, 380mm rear Futura Design big brake kits with Super 8 front and Big 6 rear calipers
Wheels & Tires: 21x10.5" +15 front, 21x10.5" -15 rear VIP Modular FXS550 wheels; 245/35R21 Toyo Proxes T1R tires
Exterior: '15 F-Sport front-end conversion; Black Pearl Complete body kit; Wald vented front fenders, roof spoiler, molded rear spoiler; metal widebody; LS600 projector headlights; Hella Optilux 5000 fog lights; JDM window visors; VIP LED turn mirrors; 10 LED driving lights; Spec D taillights; BASF RM Candy Brandywine paint
Interior: tan leather with chocolate brown diamond stitch seats, inserts, door panels, trunk; VIPStyle custom neck pillow, seat pillow, floor mats; JDM door sills; Levoc billet pedals; LED interior lighting; Endless custom rear table; 32" LCD TV in trunk; 9" LCD monitor in trunk lid; fiberglass A-pillars with mid-range speakers and tweeters; BeatSonic Navy bypass; 9" headrest DVD monitor; Focal PS165 F3 mid-range speakers and tweeters, 2-way speakers, 10" subwoofers, wiring insulation; Arc Audio XDI1200.6 amplifier; Mosconi Controller 6to8; Stinger Audio capacitors
Thanks Yous: my wife, Lisa Morales, and kids for putting up with my crazy hobby; the Endless Projects family who helps and supports each other; Carlin Chiu of Impact Performance and Josh White of Priola Bodyshop for taking on this project; Stan Chen of Toyo Tires; Brian Fox of Fox Marketing; David Nguyen of VIP Modular; Giovanni Dichiara of Futura Design; Billy Chan of Spec-D Tuning



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