HKS, Wald, Cusco, Tein, Tomei, Defi & much more @ Tokyo Auto Salon 2012!

18 januari 2012, 12:17

If there is something about the Japanese sporscars that truly turns them into an addiction, its the amount of aftermarket products available. Brand like HKS, Wald, Cusco, Tein, Tomei, Defi and many more continue to offer everything you could ever desire for your car. And at TOKYO AUTO SALON 2012 (CLICK!) you can be damn certain they will display all their news.

This year has as already stated been a dramatic increase in quality for the expo overall, and you might see the beginning of a big surge for the tuning-industry altogether. With the news of the upcoming Toyota GT86 / Subaru BRZ and the Nissan GT-R being the undisputedly most impressive sportscar in the world (especially considering its price); its no wonder we get stalls packed with stuff like this one from Cusco:

Thats a lot of high quality coil-overs right there, and every brand you can think of had a similar line-up. Feels good to know that cheap chinese replicas haven’t killed the market, even though they should. At least not domestically in Japan…

Need new Defi meters? How about 20 (via REVOLT-IS):

So lets enjoy these two big galleries, and make sure you got your savings over winter and autumn ready to go. If we could carelessly take the opportunity to mention; that we can supply any parts directly from Japan for you (INQUIRIES HERE!).

Big thanks to Seiji Ishikawa for providing all pics and some video. You can visit his group by clicking the banner below!


European tuning winds blowing over Japan!

16 januari 2012, 02:28

A quick gallery of some more cars from the european market that have gone cosmopolitan and been embraced by the JDM tuning culture. We got everything from really clean Audi & BMW to some awkwardly tacky Lamborghinis. Thats the charm of the expo, some things way feel years ahead of their time- while some are just… W T F ! if I may use a commonly used expression! This Murcielago for example has to be

one of the worse when it comes to things that feel so incredibly out of place on a exotic like this. But gotto admire the balls of the owner if anything. Fact is, Lamborghini has a solid following over there, and tuning studios such as recently acclaimed Liberty Walk to their best keeping us guessing whats next: Dressing your cars up in questionably stylish but bold colors seems to be the ongoing trend over there. But going over to more conservative things, it seems BMW and Audi are definitely the brands leading the european charge over there. Especially the Bavarian car manufacturer whose long history and connection to motorsport seems to fit well in the Japanese taste. This build a perfect example of two cultures meeting and greeting: Just browse through the gallery and see if you can find a favorite and a villain, plenty to choose from thanks to Seiji @ REVOLT-IS who provided the pictures for us!

What do you think? Are the Japanese mastering this part of car culture as well, or still a little bit behind…?


Keep ‘em coming: One more sweet mixed gallery from Tokyo Auto Salon (Part III)

15 januari 2012, 20:00

We’re going to keep it straightforward to you, as the amount of photos coming in from our friend Seiji @ REVOLT-IS from the ongoing Tokyo Auto Salon 2012 are piling up! Here is Part III of the mixed pics, you can find the rest of them HERE and make sure yo

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check our FACEBOOK GROUP for even more info. But first some personal favorites from the bunch, we’ve always had a soft spot for proper performance; and that usually means lots of horsepower and no compromises in the aero/exterier. A perfect example, in fact one of the frontrunners of Time Attack in Japan; is The Scorch Nissan Silvia S15: This car needs no further explanation, its 800HP+ SR20DET engine and the ”no hostages taken” bodywork in all carbon explains very well why we all love the highly tuned JDM-scene so much. In fact, I might go so far as say that there is something about these Time Attack builds that a ”real” race car can’t mimic… There is a vid somewhere of this monster doing warm-up laps and blowing a rod-bearing. But its impressive how it manages to haul ass even though he was probably not pushing it at half the available boost. Another car I would think will be pretty insane is this turbo compound (two turbines, one charging the other) Nissan Skyline thats also been getting some attention. With out experience, its always twice as hard to get proper tuning when using two turbines- but the idea seems very logical at least. Lets hope they will work it out and get efficient power too: Also good to see and important underlining is that old school will never die in Japan. They are extremely proud of their heritage, and now that the western world realized there are some die-hard classics that stayed within the Japanese borders mostly- we might see a lot of crazy stuff popping up the next few years! This Toyota 2000GT in full race livery (as they were built for) is a bit of a holy graal and would cost a sweet 20 000 000 yen at least for a decent example, but its free dreaming about one…

No need taking the foot of the gas-pedal yet, got a few more galleries coming up from REVOLT-IS; and at the FACEBOOK even some quick videos. Domo arigato! Thanks for visiting!


We say ”welcome” to the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ @ Tokyo Auto Salon!

15 januari 2012, 04:44

Fresh out of factory, the two new stars of the tuning industry are Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ. There was no time wasted as we already saw some examples of accesiories being ready for the big market on display at Tokyo Auto Salon 2012.

A lot of effort has been put into not just making these two rear-wheel drive cars the most fun you can have with a modern (affordable) sportscar; the whole strategy of ”re-inventing” the tuning-industry is also more then just an understatement.

That means that we will se plenty of bodykits, bolt-on performance parts and such to both the models. Naturally, everyone will jump on the band-wagon and some will probably indeed find new life to their businesses while others will fail and miss out:

Winning:

Failing:

Some other big news which Seiji @ REVOLT-IS who is our partner on location at the expo; was that HKS are returning to the D1 circus with a Toyota GT86 driven by no other then ”Nob” Taniguchi.

Surely makes up for the loss the series suffered when Ken Gushi left for Formula Drift to drive the very same car. How do you like the livery of the HKS car, basically the same as most of their democars in the 90’s:

Video of exhibition:

 

Pretty raw stuff, but gotto see and hear a lot more in quality material before we pass judgement of this car. One thing is for sure, everyone that has test-driven one have been raving about how fun it is to drive- just have to hope the pricetag will be easy to swallow…!

Got a lot more coming from the Tokyo Auto Salon as Shiji @ REVOLT-IS continues to run around trying to snap the very best cars. Be sure to check out their FACEBOOK, click the banner below to go there!

We’ll try and get another mixed gallery out during the day. In the meantime ”Like” OUR FACEBOOK to see a lot of random pics popping up throughout this sunday!


Nissan GT-R time! Bensopra and more from Tokyo Auto Salon 2012!

14 januari 2012, 11:43

The new Nissan GT-R (sadly, no longer called Skyline even in Japan) has been the adrenaline jolt the tuning-industry needed for a while. Thats pretty obvious, so equally predictable we have a plethora of them exhibited at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2012.

While the basics for tuning this fantastic and borderlinge boringly fast machine are out there; there is a game-changer on the field right now when it comes to exterior tuning- BENSOPRA.COM!

We already showed you a picture of GReddys own GT-R having a kit from this company, but the talk of the town was that there were supposed to be three of them on location. Well, here you have the third one:

As you can see, this is all about business and the way they do it- is by an abundance of performance. It will be an interesting season indeed at the different Time Attack events going down in Japan.

If Iam not mistaken there is nowdays even a Nissan GT-R only event; and that my friends surely has legen-dary written all over it…

But there is still love left for the BNR34 generation, actually the final true ”godzilla” as they’ve left the Skyline name for good (?). This below car is from Garage: Defend who have always been good at doing really mad aero for all generations of the legend:

Looking at the turbine shining brightly under that bonnet, I still believe it would give plenty of even highly tuned Nissan GT-R’s a run for their money. As a good example, our own BNR34 democar almost beat a P800 powered one in a Time Attack a while back:

JDM Face-Off Time Attack 2010 @ Mantorp Park from Superior Media on Vimeo.

But a lot has changed since then, and even the factory ones are scarily fast. Definately a dream car for anyone, and seeing the creme de la creme of them here at the Auto Salon does nothing to decrease the amount of daydreaming about owning one!

Another special ”Thank you” to our man on location; Mr. Seiji Ishikawa and his group REVOLT-IS.

Follow us ON FACEBOOK for more pics being randomly posted during the day. Got a gallery of Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ coming later tonight as well!


GALLERY: Part II with mixed pictures from Tokyo Auto Salon 2012!

14 januari 2012, 05:35

Our coverage together with REVOLT-IS (CLICK!) on the Tokyo Auto Salon continues, and we have a mixed batch of pictures coming with something for everyone.

Later during the day we got two smaller galleries of the different Nissan GT-R and Toyota AE86 / Subaru BRZ cars being exhibited.

Looking through the photographs taken by REVOLT-IS site owner Seiji, I see this years crop of exhibited cars is much better then last years expo.

But you still gotto wonder if it might be time to ”re-invent” some of the styles that have dominated the tuning-industry for a while, like this RX-8 IMO does well:

Not saying this style brings us something new, its just a fresh mix of many current trends such as ”satin finish” paintjob, modern ”diffuser-type” rear and interesting details with the Lexus IS-F exhausts.

Dont forget the fog/brakelights as well which really set this RX-8 off, just something about the final result which feels ”quality” for me?

Furtherly looking at builds which fall into my taste, we got the Honda CR-Z Mugen concept that can also get a vote for being one that really stands out:

Should you force the issue, a good example of how time flies and cars that just a few years ago (even in Sweden) would be considered hot; feel sort of old and out of place.

This Mazda RX-7 by Scoot is such a car, even if we can’t hold much against it since its powered by a quad-rotor engine:

Speaking of rotaries, Mr. Ishikawa was kind enough to zoom by the RE-Amemiya stand and catch a quick video on what they had to offer.

Its mostly the Porsche influenced kits they have sold for over a decade, but in the final seconds- you get a close up of their (spacy?!) NA-powered concept car:

All the videoclips and plenty of pics between blogposts can be found on OUR FACEBOOK (CLICK!) and naturally the REVOLT-IS group, although Seiji and his crew are keeping busy during the days.

So enjoy the below gallery, feel free to comment if you have any favourites!

Keep an eye out here as later tonight we prepare a Nissan GT-R gallery, and a while after that a small special on all the new ”AE86” being shown. Enjoy!


GALLERY: Fresh pictures and video from Tokyo Auto Salon 2012 (Part 1)

13 januari 2012, 05:49

We are off to a really good start when it comes to pictures and video from the Tokyo Auto Salon 2012 which opened for business/press just a very few hours ago.

On location we have Seiji @ REVOLT-IS who has been taking pics right from the get-go, and even managed to sneak in a few short videoclips (hosted on OUR FACEBOOK!).

Clearly, this is just like SEMA a while back focused a lot on the Nissan GT-R which has been the primary tuning base for most big brands. In this gallery you can see them all, from Top Secret, Trust / GReddy and there is now something new to fear in the Time Attack circus with a brand new ”Cyber GT-R”:

Since we all know the original ”Cyber EVO” was longtime trading first places with the HKS Evo VI for many years, we can only imagine what this beast will have to offer.

Concluding the whole GT-R talk we would like to share one of Seijis videoclips, where he gets up close to the Greddy x BenSopra widebody GT-R which will definately be one of the most talked about cars of the expo:

As you can clearly see, this cars motto must be ”no mercy” with its extreme forms to primarily do battle on the circuit. This season looks hot right from day 1 when it comes to Time Attack battles

We will continue the coverage on OUR FACEBOOK PAGE where all the short clips will be hosted as well.

Dont miss Seijis own REVOLT-IS group where he also puts out some on the fly photos covering the center of the JDM-world in one weekend!


Tokyo Auto Salon 2012! This is how Superiors coverage will look like:

12 januari 2012, 18:08

We’re back with a vengeance in the blog having secured some great coverage of the TOKYO AUTO SALON (TAS) 2012! The event starts tomorrow in Japan, only a few hours away- and already we have some inside scoops that will interest anyone interested in the tuning-scene over in Japan.

This is the event that definitely shows trends that are sometimes over a year ahead in the western world; so its always an exciting time whether you like drifting, Time Attack or just show cars!

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Photos and blogging on location:

For most of our pictorial media and the hottest news/rumors coming directly on location we partnered up with Seiji Ishikawa who is a Japanese auto enthusiast running his own FACEBOOK PAGE: ”REVOLT-IS” (CLICK!).

He has deep knowledge of the scene and many friends in the industry, and we hope he will bring all our readers plenty of (mixed) good stuff from Makuhari Messe. In fact we already have a few inside news related to the D1 Drifting Circus that we will break as soon as they allow us to…

So come along and follow both the REVOLT-IS page and naturally the SUPERIOR FACEBOOK (CLICK!) so you know where to get the best from the expo in terms of quick, easy to bite snacks!

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Video coverage:

We have a big surprise for you, we have one of the industries most talented filters on location shooting the whole weekend for a multitude of websites; and we are among one of them. With his material we hope to make a SUPERIOR MEDIA (CLICK!) production which is simple but right to the point. It will follow the same suit we did at the ELMIA EXPO here in Sweden last spring, so I hope you will enjoy it JDM-style!

Superior Media – Audi A4 Touched by GEIROS – People’s choice @ Bilsport Performance & Custom Motor Show 2011 from Superior Media on Vimeo.

This is still on a ”to be announced” level, but we are proud that our baby steps into the big world are getting more and more vibrant & full of life.

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We’ll keep you posted, but ”Like” OUR FACEBOOK and bookmark THIS LINK to keep a steady eye on whats going on!


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