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We’ve covered quite a few interesting customization projects from the Tokyo Auto Salon, most of them based on Japanese models. But this doesn’t meant that European or US cars were neglected.

In the spirit of equal opportunity tuning, Japan’s Body Shop Hayashi decided to tackle the Volkswagen New Beetle. But they didn’t take the conventional route of adding a body kit or some go-fast vinyls, but actually modified the small model into a … wait for it … pick-up truck!

And how did they want to showcase the new “rugged” hauling ability of the VW? By throwing in flowers into the truck bed. Sadly no performance details were given about this Amarok-rivalling pick-up.


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Toyota had a full stand at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, presenting G Sports variants of quite a few models. We already covered the FT-86 G Sports concept and the Prius G Sports, but now a new model was also shown: the X G Sports.

You may remember the Mark X model from last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, where it was presented as an alternative to the BMW 5 Series, but will be marketed only in Japan and several other Asian countries. For those of you interested, the G Sports variant of the upcoming model features quite a few modifications, and is powered by a 3.6-liter V8 engine, capable of 314 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque, which are sent to the rear wheels thanks to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The cosmetic enhancements include a new bumper, grille, bonnet and LED daytime running lights in the front, and a new bumper with a spoiler, four-pipe exhaust system and a subtle boot lid wing in the back. To complete the package, a set of 20-inch wheels are also available.


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The Tokyo Auto Salon was filled with interesting customization projects, but this one, coming from a group of students from the Saitama University, really takes the aftermarket cake, as they modified a Toyota Supra mk IV (1993-2002) to look like a classic 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Eleanor.

In case you don’t remember, the Eleanor Mustang was extensively featured in the movie Gone in 60 seconds, starring Nicholas Cage, and, arguably, was the best part of the whole movie.

The project is called Moto Supra, and is powered by the same six-cylinder engine as the classic Japanese sports coupe, although it isn’t clear if it is the turbocharged version or the naturally aspirated one. Like or dislike? Share your thoughts below.


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When Toyota introduced its G Sports Concept line at the Tokyo Auto Salon, it was clear that its luxury Lexus division wouldn’t be without its own take on this strategy. As such, the IS F Circuit Club Sports Concept was shown at its own booth.

But what’s behind the rather lengthy name? Carbon fiber, and lots of it. It seems that Lexus engineers realized that the IS F was a bit chunky as opposed to its European rivals, and decided to outfit a carbon fiber hood, roof, trunk, front winglets, rear extractors and the big wing in the back.

A new exhaust system was also fitted to the IS F CCS, which takes the total HP coming from the 5.0-liter V8 to 428. All of the weight saving measures have resulted in 125 lbs being shaved off, not much but it might attract a few customers.


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At least for Japan, it seems that all future sports models will be going hybrid one way or another. After hearing that both the future Nissan GT-R R36 and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI will see their gasoline engine accompanied by an electric motor, Toyota has just revealed the MR2 Sports Hybrid Concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

The concept, developed by Toyota and its tuning partner Gazoo, uses the old MR2 roadster platform, which was widened and saw the inclusion of a mid-mounted 3.3-liter V6, which powers the rear wheels, and an electric motor which powers the front ones.

While performance figures weren’t officially declared, voices are pegging it at around 400 HP, which, coupled with the weight of just 2,866 pounds (1,300 kg), makes this hybrid roadster extremely fast.


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At the beginning of the weekend when Toyota unveiled the impressive FT-86 G Sports Concept, it also announced that such versions will also appear for other models in its lineup. Well, you’ve had your fun with the FT-86, but now, “feast” your eyes on a true tuner phenomenon: the Prius G Sports Concept.

And yeah, it looks like a fish, but a very aerodynamic fish nonetheless, as Toyota and its tuning partner Gazoo fitted a new body kit with a variety of features and components. The restyled bumpers, the LED daytime lights, the dual-exhaust system and the 18-inch wheels all make for a pretty aggressive cosmetic package.

Too bad the power of the 1.8-liter engine is unchanged, at 98 HP. The inside also houses a sports steering wheel, Recaro performance seats, aluminum pedals and a new information display. Chassis reinforcements were also installed to cope with the go-fast look.


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As you may know, the Tokyo Auto Salon is in full swing these days in the Japanese capital, gathering the best and brightest aftermarket tuning options from Asia.

Toyota couldn’t miss this convention and has revealed that it will launch several packages under the G Sports label, for many of its models. Not even the company’s rear-wheel drive coupe concept, the FT-86 has escaped, and is the centerpiece of the Toyota exhibit at the show.

Although no official details have been given about performance, it is expected that Toyota and its tuning partner, Gazoo, have turbocharged the Subaru-developed 2.0-liter boxer engine, and, as it can be seen, have fitted a new body kit on the attractive coupe.

Consisting of a restyled front and rear bumper, side skirts, enlarged wheel arches and a carbon fiber hood with air vents, the body kit definitely makes an impression. The FT-86 G Sports concept is sitting on a set of 19-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in Potenza RE050 tires, and houses a pair of Recaro seats inside.

In case you’ll be dropping by the Tokyo Auto Salon, be sure to check this new concept out.


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The Tokyo Auto Salon or Japan’s SEMA, is rapidly approaching its start, and this means that all the major Asian tuning companies are revealing the center pieces of their exhibits.

After a rather unfortunate take on the Honda Insight, we now have the new Nissan GT-R (R35) from TommyKaira. The company developed two cosmetic solutions for the Japanase sportscar, a full body kit, and one targeting just the front end of the car.

The full body kit will include many elements like a wet carbon front bumper, a grille cover, lip spoiler, diffuser, side ducts and side skirts. The back will be treated to a wet carbon diffuser, a wing and fender extensions. The GT-R will be sitting on a set of AVS Model F15 Platinum black wheels, which are wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires.

For the less flamboyant GT-R owner, TommyKaira released the Front Style Kit, which uses a wet carbon front bumper, grille cover, lip spoiler, diffuser and side ducts.

In case you’ll be dropping by the Tokyo Auto Salon, the full body kit will cost 1,680,000 yen ($18,400) while the second will be 630,000 yen ($6,900).


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I’m a bit of a tuning fan, but even I know some cars are better left unmodified. Honda Access Corporation (Honda’s accessories branch), doesn’t think that way, and has just released the first pieces of information about the Insight Sports Modulo Concept, which will be showcased at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon (think SEMA Japan).

As you might have guessed, this concept will showcase the various accessories you can order for your own Insight hybrid. Now I can bear quite a lot of things, even those tail fins, but the wheels are truly out of this world.

HAC will also bring a modified version of the Freed minivan and the Life city car to the Salon, in an effort to get closer to the tuning and aftermarket crowd. What do you think about this rather unique take on the Insight? Bash away in the comments below.


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At the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon, which will debut Friday, January 11, Nissan will present their future racing car, the Nissan GT-R GT500. From the press release:

The new livery resulted from close collaboration between Nissan’s design team and NISMO, its motorsports affiliate company, and incorporates feedback from members of the “Club NISMO” fan club.

The signature wide “brush stroke” design motif, synonymous with the current Fairlady Z race car, was carried forward into the new GT-R racing car as Nissan’s racing fans worldwide could immediately associate with the design. The livery design swipes forward from the rear in bold red and black – the red symbolizes the passion for racing, while the black signifies the high performance of the new Nissan GT-R.

Further details of the GT500 Nissan GT-R including technical specifications will be announced on January 31st, as well as Nissan’s full range of global motorsports activities for the coming season.

You can also check out a video of the Nissan GT-R GT500, here.


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