It’s Tokyo Auto Salon time once more! Japan’s greatest tuning present will quickly open its doorways to the world, however as we’ve got completed for a few years now, I all the time wish to deliver you a bit sneak peek from Thursday’s setup.
Watching this present come collectively is all the time thrilling, and from what I noticed of the demo automobiles being unloaded and cubicles being put collectively, TAS 2023 goes to be a particular one. That is the primary Tokyo Auto Salon occasion since 2020 with worldwide visitors correctly welcomed again, and it’s apparent that each firm with one thing on show has pulled out all of the stops to mark the event.
As anticipated, the brand new Nissan Z is in all places. I need to have walked previous at the least just a few dozen examples, all exhibiting their very own distinctive taste.
With this in thoughts, we’ll have a particular submit devoted to the RZ34 to indicate you simply what number of of them turned out. Anybody wish to take a wild guess at that quantity?
The GR86 additionally continues to be a well-liked tuner base for TAS exhibitors. That’s in no way surprisingly; the rear-wheel drive Toyota coupe is handsome, enjoyable and reasonably priced.
Wataru Kato’s single-handed try and steal the TAS limelight continues in 2023. At 2:00pm native time, his Liberty Stroll wide-body Ferrari F40 shall be unveiled to the world. Will individuals like seeing such an icon be put below the knife? Will Ferrari be faxing stop and desist letters to Kato-san’s workplace? Solely time will inform; there’s only a few hours to go now.
Kato didn’t cease on the F40. Right here’s one other particular LBW Ferrari construct, this one based mostly on a F355 Problem.
Of all of the exhibitors at TAS 2023, I’m fairly positive none have introduced alongside extra automobiles than Liberty Stroll. I feel I counted 22, however I might have missed a pair. There’s undoubtedly no scarcity of selection both.
Having seen this creation being prepped for show, we’ll additionally make sure to cease by the NATS sales space and check out what the scholars have been busy with. I all the time love seeing what this automotive school comes up with their builds. Creativeness is actually left to run wild with these guys.
Vans of all sizes and styles are a giant a part of Tokyo Auto Salon, and with a tenting growth happening proper now in Japan there are some fairly fascinating methods this stuff are being custom-made.
As all the time at TAS, surprises are round each nook, able to be noticed and correctly hunted.
Going off what I noticed on Thursday, there’s a variety of carbon fiber and just a few hybrid automobiles making an announcement, too. Did I point out the exotics?
With all that stated, there’s additionally a tragic angle to this 12 months’s present, as Ken Block was scheduled to attend Tokyo Auto Salon with the Hoonitron. Watching the Audi being unloaded on the Toyo Tires sales space and understanding that Ken shouldn’t be with us anymore was a poignant second. 2023 is a 12 months us automotive people will always remember; legends are by no means forgotten in any case.
As a complete, Tokyo Auto Salon 2023 is trying merely superb. And with the largest staff we’ve ever had at this occasion now descending on the Makuhari Messe, you’ll be able to count on loads of present protection within the coming hours and days, each right here and on Speedhunters’ Instagram feed. Brace yourselves – TAS insanity is imminent!
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