You've attended your fair share of meets, car shows, track events and your favorite Cars and Coffee gatherings that have either grown immensely throughout 2019, or gone away entirely, depending on how much self-control the possess. When it comes to mega-events, however, nothing hits quite the same as the Tokyo Auto Salon. And after almost four decades of bringing out the very best that Japan's aftermarket has to offer, we were chomping at the bit to get back to Tokyo for another year of jaw-dropping discovery.
Much like SEMA, the event's organization is highly structured and the process is very involved. With somewhere north of 900 cars to bring in along with over 400 exhibitors and countless booths filling the halls of the Makuhari Messe (convention center) in Chiba City, it's a massive undertaking. Fortunately, Super Street's editor-in-chief, Sam Du, already landed in Japan and with a special media pass in hand, hit the halls to collect some images from the event during its set up phase, well before the public has a chance to get through the doors.
This year we expect to see plenty of A90 Supras in attendance, along with some previous generation Supra models, and TAS always has a way of delivering a solid RX-7 selection. Widebody treatments, which have been a staple for years, are also expected and, if we're lucky, we'll get some high-level race cars on display to get a closer look at.
As for right now, here is the first batch of photos from Sam during the pre-show dash to get set up before the crowds enter the building.
Mr. Miura himself was on hand prepping this 8-6 that carries his recently debuted body armor for the iconic chassis.
We got a first look at this kit during SEMA a few months ago on Dai's Civic Type R-swapped version
Perched on the end of the 326 Power booth is this MKIV Supra smothered in Anime-esque livery and the D1 Lights logo that, just a few years ago, was known as the D1 Street Legal series. The details put into the car's theme boil all the way down to the reworked headlights.
Also in the 326 booth, we're not sure if this S15 isn't covered in stickers because it's too early or if it'll stay uncluttered throughout the event. We're hoping it's the second option because it looks incredibly clean and aggressive in its naked form.
The last time we saw this Varis-equipped Supra was 2018's Tokyo Auto Salon. Built by Garage Revolver, it still carries the same aero makeup, though there have been some slight revisions.
The biggest change visually is the vinyl work that sports multiple colors that wash over the top of the original matte blue finish and the bronze TE37s have been replaced by gunmetal versions Also, the sleek decklid that we were quite fond of previously has been removed. Here's a look at the 2018 version as compared to the current look.
Small car specialist Spiegel has dirtied their hands on numerous examples of Honda's S660 and this might one of their best efforts. The larger wheel and tire package along with the subtle aero enhancements make the tiny S660 actually appear larger than it really is - not an easy task.
We were smitten with Car Modify Wonder's 180SX back in 2017 and it's safe to say we're officially in love with their latest offering. Laid out and, as expected, draped in bright red, this coupe looks gorgeous under the TAS lights.
If you're familiar with the name, then you're already well-aware of just how wild RE Amemiya gets with Mazda's RX family. Various aero kits from the group that sometimes rely on Porsche headlights and razor sharp angles have been recognized globally for years.
For TAS '20, the tuning legend came out once again in full force.
Understand that overtly wild builds are a major part of TAS and you understand how @masa18.104.22.168's ZN6 looks right at home. Some have followed along with his 86's bulking phase on Instagram that involves huge fender extensions all around and no sign of external mounting hardware. Under the exaggerated body extensions are ultra-deep 18in rollers.
Stay tuned as we bring you more coverage from the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon!