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One of the most important and exhilarating tuning shows worldwide is, right behind Las Vegas´ Sema, the Tokyo Autosalon. A quarter of a million tuning fans were astonished by the latest car-trends coming from Far East. Dotz took a look.
Exactly 255.709 fans of the always unpredictable Japanese tuning scene came to Shibuya Convention Center past weekend to visit the latest issue of Tokyo Autosalon. 300 exhibitors brought more than 600 tuned cars to the bay of the Japanese capital.
The market on the island, up till now almost entirely separated, begins to open up for other fabricates. 2012 for the first time there where even tuned cars from Germany. For example goldRush rallye presented a SLS AMG tuned by Jonari.
The typical playful Japanese graffiti and bling bling touch – like on this Hummer – was 2012 as import as the years before.
Subaru was one of the local producers to come up big at the fair. Subaru Racing brought a BRZ STI GT300, which will compete at SuperGT series 2012.
But there will be also a street-ready BRZ, equipped with, as rumor has it, the Impreza WRX-engine and his 270hp. The only difference between the Subaru and his development brother Toyota GT 86 is the new designed front spoiler and the brand logos.
The organizers were also piling on with female car jewels. Well, piling on in this case means stripping down, clothing, that is.
Lexus showcased the LFA convertible. The luxurious sports car is based on a 4,8 liter V10 engine with 552hp and will be worth around 370.000 US-Dollar.
Honda factory tuner Mugen lifted the hybrid CRZ. A new compressor and engine control provide sports feeling at the hybrid for the first time: the Mugen CR-Z hits the road with 179hp and 205Nm.
Japanes noble tuner HKS brought the twin turbo, first introduced for the GTR 2010-series, within a R35 GT1000. 1.000 stands for – exactly – horsepower.
Mazda showcased the RX-7 from drift-pro „Mad“ Mike Whiddett. The chassis of the Kiwis car, realized thanks to money of an Austrian energy drink, was mounted by Magic Co in Japan.
One of the biggest stars of the fair was free to roam around at the open air area: the all new Toyota GT86 with 200hp and 205Nm. Toyota provided a glimpse onto his car icons, the AE86 and his successor, which will be available from upcoming summer.
Meanwhile legendary club RH9 attracted some new members. RH9 is exclusively for those tuners, who cover the distance of a quarter mile within nine seconds. This was just a children game recently for this Supra with a 3,1 liter engine and astonishing 1.008 hp.
Otherwise Tokyo Autosalon co-finder Daijiro Inada invited to a very special party. His tuning-magazine „Option“ celebrated its 30th birthday with some of the frontpage cars of recent years.
Something special was provided also by D1 drifters – more on this soon at dotzmag.com.
Tokyo Auto Salon