In the last few years, we were beginning to think the Tokyo Salon had lost its former glory, but things were looking very promising for 2012. It was the performance-oriented cars that stole the show from our point of view, from Trust with its 1,200hp R35RX (that’s gracing our cover this month) to HKS’s own GT1000 1,000hp GT-R. RE-Amemiya, like every year, surprised everyone with yet another extreme RX-7 creation, the naturally aspirated Super NA7 with what has to be the most unique aesthetic treatment Ameiya-san has ever come up with. As expected, Toyota went full out promoting the 86 with a pair of tuned show cars built by TRD and Modellista. Subaru had its BRZ STI concept at the show, which sheds a little weight thanks to a carbon hood and roof, while the Prova Black Edition thinks a little more extreme with a more aggressive body kit and central exit exhaust system.
But it doesn’t end there for the most anticipated car of the year; the D1 guys have been all over the 86 with Nobuteru Taniguchi announcing a comeback into the D1 Grand Prix with an HKS 86. Hibino will also be trading in his AE86 for a new-gen car, as DrooP gets busy building his new drift machine. New aero maker BenSopra from Osaka took this year’s show by storm, presenting an extreme R35 GT-R widebody conversion. Retailing at $50,000, the kit transforms the new-gen GT-R into what can only be described as a Super GT car for the street, with a front hinged cowl section, rear overfenders and a massive (barely road-legal) rear wing. Its demo car is based on the old Blitz R35 that was converted to RWD for Nomuken. The project was dropped and BenSopra grabbed the 1,000hp beast, which sports top-mounted turbos and a Hollinger 6-speed sequential and now the wild widebody kit. But it’s the parts that we’ll be focusing on because there were so many new and innovative products at TAS that we can’t wait for them to hit home soil.