I'm going to assume if you're reading this magazine (or have access to the internet) you already damn well know exactly what Tokyo Auto Salon is-if not, shame on you and start planning! Tokyo Auto Salon is the of-all-be-all of car shows for our community, the mecca of JDM greatness and the birthplace of innovation. It's where everything happens! From flawless JDM classics, Shakotan style street racers and luxurious bippu builds to exclusive OE reveals, new product debuts and the kind of builds you could only dream of showing up at your local meets. Everything that is the tuning industry is there. Without further ado, here are our favorite cars from the madhouse that is Tokyo Auto Salon.
Liberty Walk came out in full force. Though the booth was overflowing with glamorous exotics that would make the average viewer completely weak in the knees what really caught my eye was Kato-san's personal Skyline project.
Another favorite at this year's Tokyo Auto Salon car show was the Rocky Auto Hakosuka. Though the majority of the car is actually covered in a carbon fiber wrap, it still features various bits and pieces constructed out of full-on carbon. With a beastly, limited edition Autech RB26 under the hood and a fresh set of Meister CR01s on the feet. what's not to love? We'll try and get our hands on this bad boy for a full feature sometime in the near future. Don't hold your breath, though. We take a while sometimes.
Stop! In the name of the raw!
While LS-swaps may be generally old news in the U.S., they're certainly still a bit more of a rarity in Japan—Hench why this JDM slash 'Emurican build attracted so much attention. Not to mention, who could ever get tired of staring at a showroom-ready, fully functional 180SX? Advans and a TRA Kyoto's Rocket Bunny 6666 Customs kit!? Sex?—Yes, please.
Trinkets on trinkets.
F&F Supra replica. This will decimate all.
Nissan brought out the big guns with their battle-ready NISMO GT500 R35 shred sled.
By far, one of my absolute favorite cars had to be the Rocket Bunny CLK drift missile by Sarto Racing. Chop it up to exclusivity, but it's honestly one of the first Rocket Bunny cars I've come across that hasn't already been entirely whored out to the interwebz. More on this #periodbloodred beauty coming soon.
For some odd reason I repetitively caught myself circling around this RE-Amemiya FD. Maybe it was due to booth placement—maybe it was due to the fact that standing in front of a 3-rotor 20b RE FD truly made me realize I was actually in the land of JDM. Who cares!?
What would Japan be without the oddities!? Sure, this Beetle isn’t as over the top as some of the other Frankensteins on display, but it DOES have an SR20 stuffed under the hood. Enticing? You betcha!
In case you missed the Tokyo Motor Show coverage a few months back, Honda has recently debuted a new mid-engine, RWD roadster concept with a goal of hitting production sometime as early as 2015. We won’t be seeing this little pocket rocket in the U.S. anytime soon though.
Pan Speed FD ready to tackle Tsukuba Circuit.
If there’s one thing for sure about Tokyo Auto Salon, it’s that they have their creeper game on lock.
Ings+1 came out with one of the sexiest 370z’s we’ve seen in a HOT minute! Feel free to… excuse yourself.