Posted Jan 17th 2012 4:30PM
The Tokyo Motor Show often trumps North American debuts for Japanese cars but if you want to see how you can modify a car, you don't have to look much further than Tokyo Auto Salon. The annual tuning mecca for car nuts all over the world is like SEMA but with cars, parts and styling that is unique and often trend-setting for the rest of the world.
So every year, we want to uncover what the Japanese have done with these cars well in advance of the cars we will see on our shores months later. For 2012, it was all about the low-buck basic FR platform, the Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S) and Subaru BRZ that tuners latched on to. Although they were there in numbers, the D1GP drift car by HKS call the Racing Performer 86 is a competition-ready version of the car had us drooling to see it get sideways. Driver Nob Tanaguchi will have his work cut out for him in this new platform but the skill behind the wheel and under the lift should elevate the effort for 2012.
Subaru came out with an STi version of the BRZ in the booth that had crowds buzzing. Finished in Championship Blue, the BRZ STi featured a lip kit, carbon fiber hood, STi brakes and flush 18-inch wheels but sadly no intercooler was visible through the grille. There was also the widebody, race-ready GT300 version of the BRZ ready to tackle the Japan touring car circuit in Super GT. It has been a while since the Cusco Impreza popped up and the BRZ definitely looks the part. Toyota, not to be out-done offered up a TRD version of the GT86 complete with lip kit, fatter 18-inch wheels, TRD exhaust and big brake kit.
Beyond that the vehicle popped up aisle-after-aisle and judging by GReddy Scion FR-S build-up seen at Detroit is going to make an equally big splash here.
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