Tokyo, Japan - Part two of our 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS) coverage kicks off with one of the most highly revered tuning houses in the land of the rising sun - Liberty Walk.
LB Performance’s reputation for show-stopping rides continues as their booth was literally jam-packed throughout the day, thankfully though we managed to shoot a couple of their main highlights!
Top of the list was their Suzuki Jimny that was made to look like a mini G-Class, it was displayed alongside a real LB-kitted G-Class. Besides the rather modest Jimny, the LB booth showcased a variety of extravagant machines like this Ferrari 308 GTBL with its signature LB flared fenders.
Kato-san also had a Mitsuoka Orochi outfitted with a Liberty Walk kit giving the aquatic-looking car a much needed dosage of street cred.
Besides tuners, there were a couple of car manufacturers that skipped the Tokyo Motor Show and joined TAS instead like Lotus and Aston Martin, who had massive booths set up. We visited Lotus first where we saw an Evora and Lotus Cup Exige S sporting their new battle colours - white! Lotus also had the new 430hp Exige at the far left of their booth!
Moving onto the Aston Martin booth and the English supercar maker had the DB11 AMR as their centrepiece. The DB11 in our opinion is probably one of the best looking cars on the planet with a style that’s sporty yet sophisticated.
Speaking of exotics, Lamborghinis have been steadily increasing in popularity over the years and with every edition of TAS we see more of them at various booths - after all nothing gets more attention than a tuned-up, kitted out Raging Bull!
On the other end the spectrum, TAS also had an assortment of race cars ranging from Super GT, LMP1, LMP2, Rally-bred monsters, drift machines and Formula cars. Fans get a rare chance to see this beasts up close though most of the teams present were still showing their 2018 livery as its still way too early for this year’s design to be showcased.
Another highlight at TAS is the collection of classic/vintage cars on display, from S30s, Hakosuka GT-Rs and even a Toyota 2000GT at the Rocky Auto booth, these timeless machines still attract a strong following and here in Japan they will always have a place in the hearts of enthusiasts.
Rohan had a 1958 Chevy on display, however instead of a mere restoration job, the company and its owner, M. Izakawa clad the vintage car in their signature metal-paint with full-body engravings - reminiscent of Rohan’s previous collaboration with Kuhl Racing and their R35 GT-R.
The 2019 Edition of the TAS was not an exceptional one to be totally honest. We saw lots of nice vehicles though there was nothing absolutely breathtaking. The experience was still pretty good and as always, the level of work done to every car was nothing but really high level stuff though we went home still craving for more.
Considering the massive increase in human traffic on opening day, TAS is definitely alive and well. It remains a car enthusiast’s event and the only tuner fest worth going!