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Causing Pandem-onium - Tokyo Auto Salon 2017

If you thought the Rocket Bunny/Pandem craze was going away, think again!

Jan 18, 2017

We can remember it like it was yesterday — during the '12 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Scion FR-S was the hottest car of the show. Tuners and aftermarket companies alike embraced the rear-wheel drive sports coupe, especially guys like heralded aero designer Kei Miura of TRA Kyoto. It was that event in which we embarked on a great friendship with Miura and even collaborated on building our own Scion FR-S with his Rocket Bunny version 1 body kit. A few months later, we traveled to the '13 Tokyo Auto Salon show only to see Miura's personal FR-S that he'd imported from the states in similar Rocket Bunny form.

Tokyo auto salon 2017 pandem 240z skyline Photo 2/43   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 Pandem 240Z Skyline

Fast-forward through time and the Rocket Bunny craze spread like wildfire to many more makes and models; however, the brand's most popular kit was undoubtedly for the FR-S/BRZ/86. Miura has continued to change up his FR-S every year or so and at this year's TAS, we were there to see it once again in Pandem guise. The Pandem kit for the FR-S/BRZ/86 is Miura's most aggressive iteration to date. Both front and rear fenders are boxier and more pronounced, however, the rears feature large air openings, which are new to the Pandem line. The front and rear canards are noticeably larger and the rear swan neck wing with support rods is unmistakable. Miura also used Tokyo Auto Salon to show off his latest 6666 mesh wheel.

Besides Miura's personal car, there were also seven other Pandem builds that caught our attention. My personal favorite is the Mk2 VW Golf. It's slammed on old-school BBS wheels, stripped of its interior, and fitted with a rollcage and Recaro seats.

Tokyo auto salon 2017 porsche rocket bunny wing Photo 6/43   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 Porsche Rocket Bunny Wing

Another car that had people snapping pictures all day was this 240Z. The Pandem kit for the old-school Z originally debuted on Sung Kang's build at SEMA '15. This particular 240Z might look even better than its American counterpart due to its rather attractive candy apple red paint job.

Tokyo auto salon 2017 pandem frs Photo 7/43   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 Pandem Frs

We could tell this next car was still a work in progress, but it's looking very promising. TAS saw the debut of the Pandem kit for the Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R. Also wearing the new 6666 wheels, the Skyline features engine upgrades from GReddy and Tomei, plus its interior is stripped and has a tan theme throughout with full 'cage and seats.

Tokyo auto salon 2017 pandem mk2 golf Photo 8/43   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 Pandem Mk2 Golf

The widebody kit for the E46 M3 isn't anything new but this example is done just right, with TE37s, Bride seats, and a six-point rollcage.

Tokyo auto salon 2017 pandem porsche Photo 9/43   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 Pandem Porsche

Next, this E30 BMW is almost a replica of the version built by Mobile Weld Specialist in California. The main differences, from what we can tell with this one at TAS, are the different spec BBS wheels and Bride seats.

A Porsche Cayman is a pretty rare sight to see in Japan and having one with a Pandem kit, also painted purple, made this Porsche one of the most popular Euros at TAS last weekend.

Tokyo auto salon 2017 pandem vw golf bmw wagon Photo 13/43   |   Tokyo Auto Salon 2017 Pandem Vw Golf Bmw Wagon

Last but not least, we have this BMW wagon — yes, an E30 325i Touring wagon, and the first one we've seen with a Pandem kit. Matched with old-school BBS Motorsport wheels, this is something we'd love to daily drive!

Sam Du
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