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 |  Jan 12 2013, 1:01 PM

10. Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ


Like the 2012 SEMA Show in America, the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon was packed with Toyota and Subaru’s latest sports car. But that’s not to say that there weren’t plenty of other attractions on the Makuhari Messe Convention Center show floor. 

Coming in 10th on our list of Top 10 Cars of the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon is the Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ. Perhaps what the CR-Z should have been from the factory, minus the rear spoiler, the Mugen RZ is a supercharged hybrid powered by a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder with 153 hp. Five-away adjustable coilovers give the CR-Z the sporty handling it deserves, while the body styling gives the CR-Z a much more attractive design. Too bad Mugen is only planning on selling 300 of them.

 |  Jan 12 2013, 12:01 PM

Who doesn’t love race cars? The 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon had no shortage of race car goodness, including several Super GT entries we’ve dreamed of seeing on our shores.

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 |  Jan 12 2013, 11:01 AM

For decades luxury car tuning in Japan was exclusively VIP tuning – lowered Japanese sedans with wide, aggressive wheels, and fancy body kits. But recent years, the rise of European vehicles has shifted the luxury and exotic market out in the Land of the Rising Sun. 

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 |  Jan 12 2013, 10:00 AM

With how popular the Subaru BRZ is, it’s understandable if you forget that the Japanese automaker has other models in its lineup.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 5:31 PM

For decades, the Tokyo Auto Salon was known as the premier auto show for customized Japanese vehicles; but over recent years, custom European exotics have found a new home in Japan.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 5:29 PM

Chevrolet cars aren’t exactly a hit over in Japan, and based on the brand’s Tokyo Auto Salon presence, it’s not hard to see why.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 4:48 PM

Though not as exciting as some of the other wild GT 86 and BRZ concepts that debuted today at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Gazoo Racing Subaru BRZ Race concept does feature a track-ready motif for the everyday consumer.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 2:03 PM

It’s hardly a surprise that the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ are the star of the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon, with all the aftermarket companies embracing the enthusiast platform with new products.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 1:22 PM

Suzuki may no longer exist in America, but the Japanese automaker is still performing just fine in its home country.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 12:40 PM

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, and we didn’t use Photoshop. That’s a real deal Toyota GT 86… sort of.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 11:14 AM

The Lexus LFA production has ended, but the rumors of a convertible variant remain strong.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 9:46 AM

As if the Toyota GT 86 wasn’t stylish or sporty enough, the folks at Modellista decided to give the sports car a futuristic touch in order to make it more stylish and sporty.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 9:34 AM

Along with all the high-quality, customized vehicles that the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon has to offer, another thing is guaranteed each year at Japan’s largest aftermarket expo – wonderful and strange creations.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 9:31 AM

Mazda is hoping its new CX-5 and Mazda6 models will help pave the way for bigger and better things, and at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Japanese automaker wanted to show off the customizing capabilities of both models.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 9:16 AM

Chrysler made headlines with its “Imported from Detroit” tagline, and to our surprise, the cars are also exported… to Japan.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 9:02 AM

With the growing popularity of the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ, it’s easy to forget that Nissan has its own rear-wheel drive sports car that also handles beautifully when pushed to the limits.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 8:31 AM

Towards the end of last year, Nissan announced its plans to expand its NISMO performance sub-brand and there’s no better way to garner attention among young enthusiast buyers than to display those vehicles at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 8:15 AM

Abarth is no stranger to the Tokyo Auto Salon, being a regular attendee for many years now. At this year’s show the Italian automaker showed off its 595 Competizione and 695 Edizione Maserati models.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 8:01 AM

The Honda CR-Z Mugen RZ is hardly a secret having been unveiled last year, but the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon marks one of the first times its been displayed publicly.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 7:24 AM

It certainly won’t be grabbing headlines like the twincharged GT 86, but a turbocharged Yaris unveiled today at the Tokyo Auto Salon is a more realistic look at future product.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 6:48 AM

Undoubtedly Toyota and its partners stole the show at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon, with several vehicles built by Gazoo Racing garnering the the lion’s share of the attention.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 1:24 AM

Though America will never see the likes of the Honda N-One, automotive enthusiasts got a look at what the Japanese automaker’s newest addition to its kei car lineup can look like with some modifications.

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 |  Jan 10 2013, 11:43 PM

The Subaru BRZ may come better equipped than the Scion FR-S, with a few extra features, but even then the cabin isn’t exactly what you would call luxurious.

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 |  Jan 10 2013, 10:54 PM

The star of the Tokyo Auto Salon, the GRMN Sports FR Concept is a GT 86 build by Toyota’s motorsports partner Gazoo Racing and inspired by the legendary Supra itself.

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