Beyond the sheer size of an event like Tokyo Auto Salon, the multiple days involved tend make things a little easier on the senses. Bursting through the doors and being met by hundreds of incredible demo vehicles and parts galore, there's a little time needed to slow down and pick cars apart in order to get a better look at the details often times a second look will reveal something remarkable you missed just hours prior.
This year's event seems to be by far the most heavily trafficked in recent memory. Getting a photo requires as much reflex as it does patience, as the halls remain packed and rubbing shoulders with thousands of visitors makes getting a clear shot a game of cat and mouse. Nevertheless, after a few days through the various booths and taking it all in, we dive a bit deeper this time around for some familiar brands, along with a few groups you might not be familiar with.
The expected Supra boom is certainly a reality, but there are plenty of slightly older, fan favorite builds, as well as a slew of old-school restomods builds that every year, seem to be getting more and more dialed in and the elite level of execution from tuning shops like Star Road and SpeedForme is absolutely unreal.
In addition, there seemed to be a significant uptick in the number of individual throttle body-equipped engine builds. Always a popular choice, 2020's show seemed to be displaying more than ever before. Take a look for yourself as we bring you part three of our coverage from the Tokyo Auto Salon:
You've seen SpeedForme's bright orange, '75 Farilady Z in Super Street previously alongside their Skyline GTX and obviously, it's worth another look. 17x9 and 10 TE37SL tuck in nicely behind the group's over-fenders and, just to flex their parts lineup, the driver's side flares are painted fiberglass creations, while the passenger side uses carbon fiber.
Alongside their orange masterpiece is this white Fairlady with carbon flares that, in the front, meet up with a carbon chin spoiler fitted to a bumper that carries their signature matte grey finish. The bold colors, which include gunmetal/black wheels offset by bright red (at a glance, look to be Recaro Sportster) seats in the cabin, put this Z into legendary status - a common occurrence with SpeedForme creations.
We just took a closer look at the U.S. version of HKS's newly debuted widebody A90 kit and at TAS, the Japanese version was on display. Rather than using the matte grey look with classic HKS livery over the top, this version started with a shiny black base. The same Advan GT wheels are used and another massive, chassis-mount rear wing dominates the car's rear.
This white example offers a slightly milder version without any splash graphics, and if you look closely, you'll notice forged carbon used for the front lip, mirrors, and rear diffuser.
New forged Advan R6 in bright red cover Endless brakes and make for a stunning "street" version of the latest efforts from the legendary tuning firm.
Many rave about the Japanese level of attention to detail, and often times, it's absolutely warranted, especially when you catch a glimpse of just about anything from Star Road @starroad_official. Old-school builds that often end up looking much better than the day they rolled out of the dealerships some 40 years prior.
Some of the builds follow more of an OEM-plus style, while others, like this green example, are unabashedly modded. Carbon fiber flares, deleted rear bumper with filler piece, custom taillight bezels, sleek side mirrors - the "little here, little there" approach is something the group has mastered, and every time they display a vehicle you can bet we're spending some time poring over it.
@mizuno_kazuki's Toyota Soarer engine bay stopped us in our tracks to get a closer look at the ITB-equipped 5M-GE fitted nicely between pretty much nothing, since Mizuno shaved and tucked everything he possibly could.
The look is incredibly clean and matches the slick look of the exterior.
Toyota and Lexus specialist TOM'S displayed this matte green A90 and drew a crowd.
Treated to a widebody conversion, the vended fenders and aggressive carbon fiber side diffusers lead to a sculpted rear quarter and a multi-level carbon fiber rear diffuser which wraps around quad-exit, titanium exhaust finishers.
RE Amemiya went all out on this Eunos Cosmo that features wider arches that house much larger Work wheels and a mild lip kit that smooths out the limited sports coupe. Under the hood you'll find a glistening purple makeover and the rotary has been given the RE treatment that includes ITBs with carbon velocity stacks.
Exhaust Shop: What type of muffler would you like?
Guy: All of them.
Exhaust Shop: That doesn't even make sense ... what type of ...
Guy: ALL OF THEM!!!
Sense Brand is a manufacturer in Kanagawa Prefecture that specializes in - you guessed it - custom exhaust systems, among other parts. This fully loaded demo car was a great way to bring onlookers in for a closer look. Once the domestic crowd gets a hold of these photos, they're going to have a field day