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Automakers that have teamed up with Formula 1, like Mercedes-AMG, develop the coolest road-going supercars just like the Project One. Aston Martin and Red Bull, on the other hand, have their own Valkyrie supercar. Well, it seems like Toyota is next in line, as they bank on their expertise in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to develop what they call the GR Super Sport. This may just be a concept for now, however, Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s president, expressed his intentions towards developing a production hybrid supercar.
So what can we expect from the GR Super Sport Concept? First of all, it seems like it was inspired by Toyota’s LMP1 models, not just when looking at it from the outside, but also when studying what’s under the hood. The automaker even confirms this by saying that it was built very similarly as the TS050 Hybrid, so we could consider it to be the perfect race car for the road.
Under the hood of this concept is a 2.4 liter biturbo V6 engine, which is paired with a battery considering the fact that it is a hybrid model. Overall, it can produce as much as 986 horsepower (735 kilowatts) when speaking of output, or should I say 1,000 PS. The GR Super Sport Concept sits on a set of 18 inch wheels, wrapped in matching 330/710 R18 tires. It comes with two exhaust tips mounted up in the back where the rear window can usually be found. This concept does not have side mirrors of conventional glass, but instead, gets a pair of cameras for the driver to see what’s behind. Two more cameras that look like they are floating can also be found on the front fenders.Read the entire article Toyota presents GR Super Sport Concept, a preview of future production hybrid supercar!
There is nothing more exciting happening this month than the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon - especially with all the concepts that are being uncovered. Apart from the Toyota GR Super Sport with almost 1,000 horsepower, the next one in line is the new Subaru Viziv Performance STI. In other words, it means a new WRX STI is being developed as the concept provides a number of things to come as far as the sporty sedan’s next generation.
So what can we expect? Well, the automaker has not shared a lot of technical details but they did say that the concept will give us an idea of what the future will look like for Subaru - with their goal to deliver enjoyment and peace of mind to its customers.
When looking at the images, the front fascia shows a more aggressive and race-ready Viziv Performance concept. The bumper now looks beefier, while the alloy wheels look bigger. The quad exhaust in the rear is quite prominent, as well as the massive rear wing with side extensions. Overall, it looks a lot like the concept we saw last October at the Tokyo Motor Show, but with race ready bits and pieces.Read the entire article Subaru unveils Viziv Performance STI Concept at 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon
The 15th generation of the Toyota Crown is definitely on the way after the Japanese carmaker unveiled the Toyota Crown Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October. But while customers wait for the next generation of the luxurious sedan for its eventual arrival in the summer of 2018, Toyota’s design arm Modellista is taking the Crown to another event in Tokyo that focuses on performance and custom dress-up parts as well as customized technologies.
While the Toyota Crown already stands for luxury in Japan, Modellista is taking opulence to another level. As an in-house design arm of Toyota, Modellista has favorable access to the carmaker’s vehicles, allowing it to craft aftermarket parts like body kits, custom grilles and other cosmetic effects. Furthermore, this access allows Modellista to offer Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) limited-edition models, just like the new Toyota Crown Modellista. Other offerings of the custom shop include the Toyota Camry Modellista, Toyota 86 Modellista Concept Version and Toyota Prius Modellista.
Toyota’s in-house design arm is set to unveil the Toyota Crown Modellista at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, starting January 12, 2018. The three-day event (January 12-14) will be host to a whole lot of customized cars, most of which are JDMs. For those are wondering, the Toyota Crown Modellista is a JDM model, which means it is only available – as well as legal -- in Japan.Read the entire article Toyota Crown Modellista Edition to be unveiled at Tokyo Auto Salon 2018
One of the legends of the automotive tuning world will be auctioned off at the upcoming 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon in January. We’re talking about the Top Secret V12 Toyota Supra (TS8012V) that boasts of a power that surpasses most of the vehicles of today. It surpasses even the upcoming Supra. The asking price has not been listed but it is expected that this hotshot icon would be worth a lot.
This Toyota Supra was created in 2006 as the TS8012V project by speed-chasing legend Kazuhiko "Smokey" Nagata, founder of Japanese tuning company Top Secret. Interestingly, the TS8012V came to life simply because Nagata was bored and cannot wait for the next generation of the Nissan GT-R, the R35. This sheer boredom spurred Nagata to take matters into his own hands and started the TS8012V project out of a 1994 Toyota Supra.
Intended to become one of Top Secret’s most extreme cars, the TS8012V is powered by an engine that isn't originally its own. During the time the TS8012V was being conceptualized, the most common way to upgrade the power of a car was to tweak its engine. But Nagata didn’t want to tune the Supra’s 3.0-liter 2JZ-GTE I6 and instead swapped it with the 5.0-liter 1GZ-FE V12 mill of the Toyota Century limousine.Read the entire article Legendary Top Secret V12 Toyota Supra is up for auction at 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing revealed that it will be participating in the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon with the theme “Meister's Workshop.” The company will showcase models that have been part of different motorsports competitions. It will also include cars that have made because of these events. The goal is not only to promote how truly enjoyable vehicle customization is but to convey as well just how cars will remain to display increasingly exciting presence, especially in the future.
Other models that will be participating in such races will also include, among others, the TS050 Hybrid and the Yaris WRC. This is not all as the company will also exhibit the GR Super Sport Concept. This concept car began from being part of the World Endurance Championship, or WEC, and is but one of the many examples of how such technological feedbacks gained from motorsports events has been integrated. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will also be putting on display production vehicles like the 86 GR. It will even exhibit the Vitz GRMN, this was a 150-unit limited edition model released specifically for Japan.
Those familiar with racing know that the objective of racing is not only to develop race cars but to help people move toward the goal of producing even better cars. Indeed, this is made possible by participating in various motorsports activities like national races and rallies. It helps as well to be part of top category races like the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and even World Rally Championship (WRC), to name a few. Any such knowledge and technologies gained from being part of such events are then utilized to develop new production vehicles. It is through this integrated development process that Toyota developed its “GR” sports car series, which was officially launched last September.Read the entire article TOYOTA GAZOO Racing to display 2018 GR Super Sport Concept at Tokyo Auto Salon
Rolls-Royce unveiled the latest member of the their family, the Dawn. Having also been called the “best luxury car” for 2017’s UK Car of the Year awards, the Dawn is arguably the sexiest Rolls-Royce we’ve seen in years.
We know for a fact that each Rolls-Royce vehicle is carefully hand crafted in Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. In spite of this, the Dawn is also customizable since Rolls-Royce wants to satisfy their customers above anything else.
And so far, Wald International tuning firm has showcased the most exciting idea of customization that goes beyond what other tuning companies have ever dictated for a Rolls Royce Dawn. Take for example the Wald Black Bison Edition that was on display at the recently held 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon. Since it is their philosophy to work in harmony with the vehicle’s original concept of design, Wald keeps it simple and elegant with Rolls Royce’s most affordable convertible.Read the entire article Wald Black Bison Edition Rolls-Royce Dawn spotted at 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon
At the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon tuner show, Nissan introduced a Nissan Juke Personalization Concept as well as 9 other customized cars. Nissan said that the major theme of its display is personalization. It will present several customized editions of Nissan's domestic lineup like the Juke Personalization Concept, which is equipped with metallic paint and orange wheels, mirrors and window surrounds.
Nissan will also unveil track versions of the Nissan GT-R and Nissan Z. In addition, Nismo, Nissan's performance arm, will be showing off its version of the Nissan Juke. Another model that will be personalized is the new-generation Note hatchback, which features a bold graphics motif on the side that’s referred to as "digital camouflage."
Nissan will also display the Motul Autech GT-R from Super GT, Japan's top race series. Another highlight is the improved 2013 GT-R Nismo GT3. It’s believed that a lot of attention will go to the DeltaWing, the dart-shaped racer that appeared at the Le Mans 24 Hours.Read the entire article Nissan at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
More details about the "GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum" were released by Gazoo Racing before its launch at the Tokyo Auto Salon. The Platinum is based on the previously announced GRMN Sports FR Concept. Its styling has been revised to differentiate it more from the Toyota GT 86. There isn’t plenty of information that we could get from the pictures but Gazoo said that this car will use a ventilated hood, new fenders and LED-infused headlights.
It also features distinctive alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and modified taillights. The cabin comes with a roll cage and more instruments such as a boost gauge, water temperature gauge, oil temperature gauge. It also gets white leather seats with four-point harnesses.
It is powered by a twin-charged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that offers about 330 HP (242 kW) and 431 Nm (318 lb-ft) of torque. It will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission that distributes power to the rear wheels through a limited slip differential. Its other notable features include a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brakes and a dual exhaust.Read the entire article GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum teased ahead of 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
Mazda will be launching six vehicles at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. The first one is the Atenza (also known as Mazda6) Racer. It features an aerodynamic body kit with a front lip spoiler and modified side skirts. In addition, it is equipped with Brembo brakes as well as a sporty interior with black leather seats and alloy pedals.
The same look is shared by the Atenza Grand Touring Wagon and the Atenza Racer. The difference is with the use of a modified interior with a sport steering wheel and black trim with red accents. Mazda will also unveil the Atenza GT Sound Special, which is derived from the XD L variant and comes with a navigation system and a Diatone audio system.
It boasts of a two-tone interior with wood trim. Then there’s the CX-5 Grand Touring that features an aerodynamic body kit, Brembo brakes and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels.Read the entire article Mazda will launch six vehicles at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
Honda will be introducing several customized vehicles at the Tokyo Auto Salon on January 13 - 15 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Honda is set to display customized versions of the Freed compact minivan and Beat models, as well as the all-new N BOX Custom minicar, which was launched at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Honda will be showing off the Flash Box which comes with special reflective decal sheets with embedded LEDs.
It enhances the appearance of the vehicle, both its exterior and interior. This LED application is used by Honda conservatively but there’s no stopping motorists from overusing it. Another vehicle that Honda will display is the Freed Wa which is based on the Freed Hybrid compact minivan. The “Wa” is in reference to Japanese culture. The ancient Japanese art of lacquering is used on the exterior.Read the entire article Honda at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon
At the annual Tokyo Auto Salon, Nissan’s Nismo unveiled a performance tuned concept based on the Nissan Micra minicar that’s available overseas. This event is attended by the popular tuning firms like HKS, GReddy and Veilside. Recently, the in-house tuners of major automakers like Nismo, Mugen and TRD have showed various modified cars and concepts at recent shows. This model is the third sports compact that Nismo released.
It follows on the Juke Nismo Concept and the Leaf Nismo Concept to reiterate Nismo’s expansion plans to be a real competitor to well-known performance brands such as BMW’s M Division and Mercedes-Benz AMG.
The exterior of this newest Micra concept comes with a lower stance and more aggressive styling from a modified front grille design and the use of purposeful, efficiency-improving aeroparts that were being developed as part of Nismo's racing technology.Read the entire article 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon: Nissan unveils sporty Micra Nismo Concept
Toyota is showcasing its new interpretations of its vehicle models ranging from off-the-wall concepts to race-tuned specials at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon. The event is considered the largest custom car show in the world. A variety of new concept vehicles from some of the leading design and race engineering companies are revealed at the show.
GRMN -- Gazoo Racing tuned by MN -- is revealing a second-generation iQ Supercharger prototype, a model set for a limited (100 units) production run this year. A further development of the supercharged 1.33-litre engine runs the vehicle, delivering 180Nm and 128bhp (95kW). The engine was previously utilized by GRMN in the iQ 130G MT.
The vehicle also boasts of a six-speed close-ratio transmission, sports suspension, uprated brakes and a tuned dual exhaust system. In addition, the automobile has a new appearance, thanks to a full body kit which includes rear spoiler, 16-inch Enkei alloys and sports seats and instrumentation.Read the entire article 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon: Toyota showcases GRMN iQ 130G MT and Vitz Turbo Concept
The 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon is showcasing the Toyota GT 86 with two new styling interpretations from Modellista and TRD. These interpretations make full use of modified components and accessories. One of the key handling features added to the TRD Performance Line GT 86 is a reworked suspension with new rear and front anti-roll bars.
Other additions include a carbon front strut, additional cross-bracing, a high-response exhaust system, and rear diffuser. This GT 86 comes in Satin White Pearl, and gains a full body kit with spoilers and skirts, 18-inch alloy wheels as well as sports seats and meters in the cabin. On the other hand, the Modellista interpretation of the "hachi-roku" (eight-six) reveals some of the customization potentials that the vehicle offers.
The Gazoo Racing FT-86 is also showcased in the Tokyo Salon. It is the vehicle model that competed at the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2011. The team has publicized that it will come back to the event this year with a specially prepared GT 86.Read the entire article 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon: Toyota GT 86 with new styling from Modellista, TRD revealed
Nissan will introduce 10 different models at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon that takes place on January 13-15, at the Makuhari Messe exhibition hall in Chiba prefecture. It’s to be expected that plenty of exciting models will be displayed at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the counterpart of SEMA in Japan.
The GT-R supercar and 370Z sports car are a couple of the models that have been shown previously. Just like what it has done in the past, Nissan will be presenting a variety of tuned mobiles.
This lineup of 10 models includes the high-performing supercars, the zero-emission electric cars, and some modified commercial vans. The undisputed draw at the Nissan’s stands would be the new 2013 GT-R, which will come with the Japanese-spec Track Pack.Read the entire article Nissan to introduce 10 models at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon
Mazda will be presenting 10 different models at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon, one of which is the MX5 NR-A Jinba-Ittai. Mazda will be displaying modified versions of nearly all the models in its full lineup. The 2012 CX-5 crossover, in both standard and customized trims, will also be seen. This customized CX-5 is a special edition model that features a red exterior body color, matte black alloy wheels, and a ride height that’s a bit lower.
The other models that fans will be watching out for are the previously seen RX-8 Spirit R, the final iteration of the rotary-powered sports car, and the MX-5 Black-Tuned, a regular MX-5 that uses black-colored special features for the cabin as well as the exterior.
These include the BBS lightweight alloy wheels, Bilstein height adjustable dampers, Brembo brakes, and Recaro sports seats. The 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon will be open from January 13 to 15 at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba prefecture.Read the entire article 2012 Mazda MX-5 NR-A ‘Jinba-Ittai’ coming to the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon
Here at 4WheelsNews we are not huge fans of tuning but when something special is created our readers need to know! As a result, we bring you today the Bensopra R35 GT-R based of course on the Nissan GT-R sports car. As you can see from the photos the car is a real piece of art and now the front bumper and front hood are integrated in one carbon fiber piece, just like the Dodge Viper.
The side front fenders are also integrated in the front bumper and the hood, while the exhaust system is now shorter and mounted behind the front wheels, just like the McLaren Mercedes SLR.
Furthermore, the vehicle features new side sills as well as enlarged rear fenders, while the rear of the car was heavily modified.Read the entire article 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon Preview: Bensopra Nissan R35 GT-R
Lexus displayed five tuned and modified cars at the Tokyo Auto Salon that were clearly aimed at highlighting the sporting side of the brand. At the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, Lexus gave visitors the chance to view the IS-F Club Circuit Sports Racer (CCS-R), the IS-F Club Performance Accessory, the Gazoo Racing Lexus LFA, the CT200h F Sport, and a new interpretation of the LS 460 limousine.
The new CT 200h was given a special F-Sport guise that had a series of sporting accessories including alloy wheels, a body kit by Modellista and Recaro sports seats.
Meanwhile, the CCS-R received carbon fiber body panels, including front and rear spoilers, bonnet and boot lid, and a new frameless construction roll cage and polycarbonate windows. The inside of the vehicle had carbon fiber as well.Read the entire article Lexus showcases five tuned cars at 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon
Toyota unveiled this weekend at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon the brand new GRMN (Gazoo Racing tuned by MN) iQ Racing Concept, a tweaked version of the popular iQ. The new car comes fitted with a supercharged engine and a roll-cage, as well as a new deep front air dam, huge lower air intake and racing wheels. It appears that just like the previous concept showed back in 2009, the new concept will be produced in a limited edition.
For those who don’t know, Gazoo’s previous iQ concept car was given a limited production run in Japan that sold out immediately. Moreover, the 2011 Tokyo Auto Saloon also saw the Toyota Prius G Sports Concept as well as the TRD Auris GT Concept.
Tokyo Auto Salon, the world’s biggest custom car show, presented five modified and tuned Lexus cars over the weekend, celebrating its sporting side. Although we are a couple of months away from its official launch, the new CT 200H was presented in special F-Sport disguise, along with many sporting features such as a Modellista body kit, alloy wheels and seats by Recaro Sports.Read the entire article 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon: Toyota GRMN iQ Racing Concept
Honda announced that at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon, which will open its doors from January 14 it will bring automobiles and motorcycles (including display vehicles), power products, racing vehicles, and other products.
The most interesting creation will be the one made by Honda Access Corporation, company’s manufacturer of genuine Honda aftermarket parts and accessories, which it will introduce the TS-1X test study model based on the CR-Z.
Moreover, the manufacturer will also display accessorized production automobiles and motorcycles as well as a variety of specially designed vehicles in order to show the playful nature of customization. Some of these creations are the Freed Spike caravan car, the Acty Truck and the Enepo generator special coloring editions.Read the entire article 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon Preview: Honda CR-Z TS-1X Concept
If you were looking for a wide body kit for the Nissan GT-R, today must be your lucky day as Axell Auto released the first photos with their new masterpiece developed for the so-called ‘Godzilla’.
Set to make its official debut at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon, the new car comes with a new carbon fiber front hood, a completely new front bumper with integrated daytime running LEDs and big air intakes, enlarged fenders, new side sills as well as new mirror covers.
The rear end is also impressive as we can find enlarged rear fenders, a big carbon fiber rear trunk spoiler and a new rear bumper with integrated carbon fiber air diffuser and exhaust system.Read the entire article 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon Preview: Nissan GT-R wide body kit by Axell Auto
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