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A90 Supras of the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon

Top modified Japanese Mark V have their homecoming

Bob Hernandez
Jan 16, 2020
Photographer: Sam Du

We've heard you can't get enough of the 2020 Toyota Supra! We're just teasing - but seriously, as sort of expected, a hail of A90 peppered the exhibition halls of the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, Japan, for this year's Tokyo Auto Salon, not unlike the way they infiltrated the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas just weeks earlier. Several widebody and so-called "narrow body" concepts and projects displayed an extensive range of fresh gear for the new platform from a variety of outfits, illustrating perhaps just how much the aftermarket has enthusiastically jumped on the Mark V bandwagon.

A90 Supras of TAS 2020 GR GT500 Side Front View Photo 46/46   |   A90 Supras of the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon

In Part 3 of our 2020 TAS coverage, we got into the Tom's and HKS A90 Supras at the show, HKS in particular rolling out two interpretations of its widebody approach to the sports car (race and street versions). For many show goers, this was likely also the first time they got to lay eyes on the Toyota Gazoo Racing Supra GT500, the real-deal customer race car entry slated for the top class of this year's Super GT series. The GT500 has actually been out of the bag since September of last year, but few outside of Gazoo and possibly teams have seen one in the flesh yet. The turbo 2.0L inline-4-powered Toyota GR Supra will go up against similarly outfitted Honda NSX-GT and Nissan GT-R NISMO in Super GT, as well as Class One-spec DTM racers under an arrangement designed to encourage entry exchange between the two touring car series.

Those aforementioned HKS and Tom's Mark V received a heap of attention for their widebody kits, but we think the Kuhl Racing setup also deserves to be in that elite group as well. Decked out on a Launch Edition A90 in the Krone Wheels booth, the parts add a few new creases to the fenders of the car and seem like they should be adding a lot of girth as well, but the execution is both seamless and actually kinda subtle, which we dig. This Supra also rocks Verz-Krone's K201 rims.

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A90 Supras of TAS 2020 Bridgestone Supra Photo 46/46   |   A90 Supras of the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon

Not every A90 was sporting thicc fenders - the WedsSport Wheels Supra appeared to be kitted out just in C-West carbon fiber lip, swan-neck GT wing, and rear spats. The equally low-key Bridgestone Tires Mark V wore Varis carbon lip, side skirts, wing, and a really nice-looking diffuser.

Say what you will about the NATS Nihon Automobile College Supra, one thing it's not is understated. From the get-go we've been fascinated by the "A90 Spider" as much for its audacity as for its ambition, and when it was all said and done everyone certainly got an eyeful. In addition to its Pandem widebody kit and 2JZ under hood that we knew about last time, we've also learned the completely one-off creation rocks nitrous, a GReddy turbo kit, 326 Power brakes, custom stereo, and Bride seats. The vented hood has been made to mimic that from the A80's TRD bonnet, and for Auto Salon, students went with the classic "Fast & the Furious" graphics from Brian O'Conner's Mark IV in the movie. But are you ready for the kicker? IT'S NOT EVEN A SUPRA—the foundation of the project is a much longer wheelbase Lexus SC430 (maybe even from outside of Japan since the NATS car is right-hand drive, and the model is natively referred to as a Soarer, not an SC). We feel like we've been Banksy'ed! Enjoy the rest of Tokyo Auto Salon's A90!

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