The Japanese tuning scene is ever-evolving. Just as you think there's nothing else they can do, the Japanese don't disappoint - as our trip to TAS 2020 revealed.
The scene at Hall 9 (out of 11) on Saturday afternoon, when a total of nearly 127,000 people thronged Tokyo Auto Salon’s 4,200 booths.
Max Orido's Toyota A90 Supra
Japanese racing driver Max Orido’s own A90 Supra took centre stage at the Yokohama Tire booth, sporting some aero bits from HKS and wearing a set of prototype Advan Neova Concept tyres!
Yokohama Tire's Geolandar Tyres
Yokohama Tire showcased their Geolandar off-road tyre range with a Jimny perched atop a Ford F-150 Raptor!
Speed Forme's Nissan 260Z S30
This resto-modded Nissan 260Z (S30) is the work of Speed Forme, an aero parts brand just outside Osaka that caters specifically to Nissan’s S30 chassis. While retaining most of its 70’s styling cues, the Fairlady now has several subtle carbon add-ons and sits on 17-inch Volk Racing TE37SL wheels.
TRA Kyoto's Nissan Silvia S13
At the TRA Kyoto booth was this Rocket Bunny’ed S13 Silvia – can’t go wrong with box flares on a car with as many straight lines as the S13!
Bridgestone Tyres' Toyota A90 Supra
Bridgestone Tyres fitted out an A90 Supra with a simple yet tasteful Varis bodykit, while shod with their latest ultra-high performance tyre – the Potenza RE-71RS. The next generation of the proven Potenza RE-71R, the Potenza RE-71RS should hit tyre stores here in the second half of the year.
Endless' Mercedes-AMG GT4
Endless, manufacturer of performance brake kits and parts, showcased a Mercedes-AMG GT4 which placed first in the ST-Z class the Super Taikyu endurance race series.
K-Factory's Suzuki Jimny 'AEROOVER G62'
Japanese tuning company K-Factory showcased their rather peculiarly-named ‘AEROOVER G62’, based on the latest Suzuki Jimny (what else?). This conversion kit gives the little Jimny some evidently Mercedes-inspired European flair, with 18-inch wheels and a side-exit exhaust fitted!
Spiegel Racing Equipment's Honda S660
Spiegel Racing Equipment, a suspension manufacturer specialising in kei cars, showcased their Honda S660 demo unit.
Honda Fit Mugen
The latest version of Honda’s much-loved little hatchback, the Fit, gets breathed on by tuning arm Mugen for a more aggressive outlook. Additions include a carbon front grille surround, a large front spoiler, side skirts, rear spoiler, and 17-inch Mugen alloy wheels.
2020 Honda NSX-GT
The revised front-engined Honda NSX-GT, designed to conform to the latest Super GT regulations.
R's Racing Parts' Suzuki Swift Sport ZC33S
Due to its proximity to Suzuki’s Hamamatsu facility, tuning specialist R’s Racing Parts specialises in parts for Suzukis, and the latest Swift Sport (ZC33S) is no exception. Every part in the R’s Racing catalogue has been fitted, including the complete aero kit.
Liberty Walk's Lamborghini Huracan
Controversial Japanese tuner Liberty Walk showcases their Lamborghini Huracan fitted with a Silhouette Works GT wide body kit inspired by Lamborghini’s own Super Trofeo racecars. In dry carbon form, this body kit costs over S$80,000 – about the same as a new Kia Cerato!
Liberty Walk's Lamborghini Miura
Two years ago at Tokyo Auto Salon was where this was revealed, much to the shock of the crowd. Liberty Walk hasn’t gone and chopped up a real Lamborghini Miura, though – this started life as a Ford GT40 replica, which was rebodied as a Miura and given the Liberty Walk recipe of overfenders and a ground-hugging stance.
Liberty Walk's Ferrari 308
Liberty Walk’s other creation in the world of Italian classics is this Ferrari 308, which has been given just the basic Liberty Walk body kit, fender flares, and air suspension package.