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2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

The Mecca of All Things JDM

Peter Tarach
Jul 26, 2013

Never a letdown, the ’13 Tokyo Auto Salon was touted as one of the best and biggest in recent years. With the GT86/BRZ taking front stage, a staggering total of 91 examples lined the showroom floor. That didn’t mean there weren’t plenty of other awesome cars and parts to see. TAS delivered in a big way this year, proving that despite the green/environmental attitude of Japanese auto manufacturers, the aftermarket is still alive and well.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 gauges Photo 2/76   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 Gauges
Tokyo auto salon 2013 TRD GT86 rear Photo 6/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

TRD’s GT86 was attracting plenty of attention.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 TRD GT86 front Photo 7/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Kansai Service was well represented with these fine examples all dawning white paintjobs.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 EDFC tein Photo 11/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Tein has introduced a new EDFC Active that adjusts shock valving on the fly depending on speed and G-meter readings. It also introduced a new line of coilovers called Street-Flex that promises great comfort and performance.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 tein EDFC coilovers Photo 12/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
Tokyo auto salon 2013 turbo GT86 BRZ Photo 13/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

A sign of things to come? Check out this turbo offering for the BRZ/GT86 from Blitz.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 blitz turbo BRZ GT86 Photo 14/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

GReddy’s new FV BOV looks like it has some precision machine work done on it.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 greddy BOV Photo 15/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

S13 180SX fans, this is your bumper of choice for track use. Check out all the vents!

Tokyo auto salon 2013 kinokuni bumper 180sx Photo 16/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Here’s a full titanium exhaust for the GT86/BRZ courtesy of Blitz.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 titanium exhaust GT86 Photo 17/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Nismo’s 370Z had a plethora of go-fast goodies we’d love to see stateside.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 nissan 370z Photo 18/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Gram Light’s newest ’13 wheels are looking as sharp as ever.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 gram lights new releases Photo 22/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Perhaps we’ll see Nitto’s new NT530 performance tire released in the U.S. shortly.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 nitto NT530 Photo 23/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Carbon and aluminum Zero Sports pieces are always a welcome addition to any Subaru engine bay.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 carbon aluminum zero sports pieces Photo 24/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Veilside is still around building its signature-looking Supras. This one has R8 taillights.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 veilside supra Photo 25/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

This full carbon wing for the GT-R from Varis looks incredibly lightweight.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 full carbon wing varis Photo 26/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Wald body kit–clad Project Mu GT86 looks just right with the aggressive livery.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 wald body kit GT86 Photo 27/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Varis had arguably one of the nicer looking wide-body aero kits for the GT86/BRZ.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 varis widebody FRS Photo 28/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

What you see here is a JDM-only Toyota Crown, and we don’t know whether we love or hate its front end.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 toyota crown Photo 29/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Prodrive is still in the wheel business, and its newest model, a sleek, dual-five-spoke design, is reminiscent of Nissan’s R33 wheels.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 prodrive wheels Photo 30/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Not sure if we like the design on this rear taillight for the GT86/BRZ, but it’s different.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 toyota GT86 taillights Photo 31/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
Tokyo auto salon 2013 mitsubishi evolution x Photo 32/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Evo and STI owners now have some serious wide-body aero options courtesy of Varis.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 subaru WRX Photo 33/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
Tokyo auto salon 2013 fujitsubo exhaust Photo 34/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Here’s a different approach to an exhaust system from Fujitsubo. Note the rear lower portion of the BRZ’s bumper.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 BRZ exhaust system Photo 35/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
Tokyo auto salon 2013 audi R8 style conversion GT86 BRZ Photo 36/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Who needs an Audi R8 when your GT86/BRZ can look just like it? No thanks.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 audi R8 style GT86 BRZ Photo 37/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
Tokyo auto salon 2013 GT86 custom interior Photo 38/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Look closely and you may see what platform is underneath all the new bodywork.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 GT86 custom body kit Photo 39/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
Tokyo auto salon 2013 bensopra 380SX Photo 40/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

The BenSopra 380SX with an R35 GTR powerplant was arguably the car of the show.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 bensopra R35 GTR powerplant Photo 41/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
Tokyo auto salon 2013 recaro japan Photo 42/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Recaro Japan has the best seats and color combinations. Please, Recaro USA, bring us these seats!

Tokyo auto salon 2013 recaro japan Photo 43/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
Tokyo auto salon 2013 V6 swapped GT86 Photo 44/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

A V6-swapped GT86?! Tom’s has got the right idea here. We’re not so sure about those exhaust tips, though.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 V6 swapped GT86 Toms Photo 45/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
Tokyo auto salon 2013 bride seat offerings Photo 46/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Some new seat offerings from Bride are guaranteed to cause some serious JDM envy on our part.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 bride seats Photo 47/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Perhaps some Lambos would tickle your fancy.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 lamborghini Photo 48/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

A JDM Honda Odyssey that sees the track. We approve!

Tokyo auto salon 2013 JDM honda odyssey Photo 49/76   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 JDM Honda Odyssey

Talk about serious LED work on some S14 kouki headlights.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 LED headlight S14 Photo 50/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

DAMD’s LFA-inspired GT86/BRZ body kit? Don’t fake the funk.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 LFA inspired GT86 Photo 51/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

You’re looking at a 100 percent carbon-fiber wheel—no metal used in this at all. This 19-inch version weighs a scant 15 pounds. Whether it can stand up to American roads is the real question.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 carbon fiber wheel Photo 52/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

5Zigen’s GT86/BRZ header looks to be an equal-length piece.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 5zigen GT86 Photo 53/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Some serious American muscle making its presence felt at the show.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 chevrolet corvette Photo 54/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

There’s no one better in the gauge design department. Defi’s latest line of electronic gauges.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 defi gauges Photo 55/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Here’s the newest member of the forged BBS family, the FI.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 BBS light weight wheels Photo 56/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

We dig the complete HKS supercharger system for the 370Z.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 HKS supercharger Photo 57/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Top Secret knows how to build them right. This R35 looks so damn mean.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 top secret nissan GTR Photo 58/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

We’re not sure what this Subaru is, but we definitely like the look of it, and the turbocharged powerplant is a welcome sight.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 subaru MPV Photo 59/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Here’s a great conversion based on a Datsun Sunny pickup truck with a vintage Skyline front end.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 datsun sunny conversion Photo 60/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

This R8’s bumper and exhaust system were works of art.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 R8 exhaust Photo 61/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Volk TE37 classics look mighty proper on the S13 chassis.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 volk TE37 classics Photo 62/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

By far the coolest minivan we have laid eyes on.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 minivan Photo 63/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Volk’s newest TE37 iteration, the RT.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 volk TE37 RT Photo 64/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

How about an Aston Martin-esque BRZ? Or is that bumper more Dodge Viper looking?

Tokyo auto salon 2013 aston martin esque BRZ Photo 65/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

This R35 had us double-taking the amount of carbon on it.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 carbon fiber GTR R35 Photo 66/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

One of the finer looking FD RX-7s at the show was wearing some nice Advan wheels.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 mazda RX7 FD3S Photo 67/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Truck stacks on an FC RX-7? Only at TAS.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 truck stacks FC RX7 Photo 68/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Work wheels newest addition to the CR lineup.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 work wheels CR Photo 69/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

These tow hooks and steering wheel options are just a few of the many parts Cusco offers for the GT86/BRZ

Tokyo auto salon 2013 tow hooks Photo 70/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Interesting take on wheel design from WedsSport.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 WedsSport wheel design Photo 71/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

WedsSport’s new SA-50M wheel. Take away the centerlines and we’d rock ’em.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 SA 50M WedsSports wheel Photo 72/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Defi’s new Smart Adapter delivers a plethora of car information to a smartphone.

Tokyo auto salon 2013 defi adapter Photo 73/76   |   2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
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