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Japan's wildest cars on show

DAVID MCGOWEN
Last updated 06:44 14/01/2014

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Toyota was the big winner at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon, with dozens of tuners choosing the 86 Coupe as a platform to showcase their latest wild creations.

The Tokyo Auto Salon is part Summernats and part concours d'elegance, a chance for builders of modified Japanese cars to display their latest machines.

Manufacturers are also on board with the show.

Toyota showed off several cars including an 86 coupe and convertible duo that took styling cues from classics such as the Jaguar E-Type, while Honda showed off a Mugen-tuned version of its Jazz-based crossover, dubbed Vezel, and Subaru hinted at what a high-performance Levorg - essentially a WRX wagon - could look like.

But the event belonged to hordes of modified cars that fought for the attention of nearly 300,000 showgoers.

Judges awarded prizes to the top cars in several categories, with the best concept car award going to a heavily modified Nissan GT-R set up for drifting by aftermarket parts maker Trust. The GReddy Spec-D GT-R has more than 900kW of power and a tough stance thanks to Rays wheels and a Rocket Bunny widebody kit.

Second place in the best concept stakes went to a heavily modified version of Subaru's first mass-produced car. Based on a classic Subaru 360, the R-2 racing was given a supercharged 660cc engine and a pumped-up body finished in iconic Gulf Racing colours.

Toyota took third place with its 86 Griffon concept, a stripped-out, track-focused machine that features lightweight Advan wheels, a carbon-fibre bonnet and lexan windows in place of conventional glass.

The top Tuning car award went to Topfuel's turbocharged Honda S2000 time attack car, while Aimgain took best sedan honours with a low-riding VIP version of the Lexus LS460.

Liberty Walk took out the best imported car prize with a wild Ferrari 458 spider that featured bolt-on fender flares, and Tresure One was voted best compact for their take on a Honda Kei car.

Sixth Sense won best van with a tuned Toyota Vellfire, and Universal Air Suspension was awarded best SUV for 5cent, a 4WD with impossibly large wheels.

-Fairfax News Australia

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