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 |  May 18 2010, 12:29 PM

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In a perfect example of a good concept with poor execution, this brand new Chevy Camaro sports a retro-style 1969 Camaro SS front end. Sure the idea behind it is interesting, giving the Camaro more of a traditional, old school hot-rod look to the new-style body. But let’s face it; modern car design lines often just don’t mesh with the classics that inspired them.

The whole project reminds us of when in the late ’90s the import world got scarily overwhelmed with body kits that incorporated different headlights or even taillights to the fold. Civics with Acura CL headlights, or entire Integra front ends; some sporting Supra taillights and headlights. The variations were so random in combining body components from other cars that we all breathed a sigh of relief when the fad ended.

But now it’s just a pure oddity to see this showing up with traditional domestic tuners and hot-rodders, taking the perfectly fine looking new generation Camaro and squeezing on a completely disproportional front end that from a classic ’69 Camaro SS.

The car in question was spotted at the recent Carlisle Performance & Sound show, which is mostly full of domestics and hot rods. The whole project is sort of an interesting idea to us, paying homage to a real classic, but if another company is going to step up to the plate to offer another retro-style kit, they better execute with better flowing lines and elongate the front end a bit more. Post your thoughts in the comments!

[Source: CarDomain Blog]

GALLERY: Retro-Style New Camaro

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 |  Apr 13 2010, 2:50 PM

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With the overwhelming amount of aftermarket manufacturers tuning hybrids at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, it’s no surprise that C-West has also hopped on the bandwagon. Interestingly enough, we haven’t heard much news from C-West over in North America. Several years back they made a strong push and presence Stateside with their full-carbon record-setting Time Attack S2000 in addition to the popularity of their kits, especially amongst the Honda Civic EK crowd.

Perhaps to gain some momentum back in North America, C-West is current developing new kits for Honda’s popular hybrids, the Insight and the CR-Z. Mazda’s RX-8, though probably not the most popular chassis around, will also get a kit that is reminiscent of traditional C-West styling. C-West is definitely hitting the mark on the Honda bodies with these renderings. Keeping with the theme of being conservative with a hybrid, both the Insight and CR-Z kit aren’t over-the-top, having subtle lines that accentuate the natural body lines of both cars. We are excited to see these in person!

[Source: 7Tune]

GALLERY: C-West Body Kits for Honda CR-Z, Insight and Mazda RX-8

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 |  Jan 15 2010, 11:38 AM

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It’s certainly not a household name, but Japanese tuner Varis is making headway modifying not only Japanese cars, but European models as well. The company does complete transformations, with everything from aesthetics to performance, with designs that are extreme, but not quite over-the-top.

On display at the Varis booth at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon were Japanese-market favorites like the Subaru Impreza WRX STI, Mitsubishi EVO X and Nissan GT-R. Varis also showed off more subtle looks for the E92 BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG with penty of carbon fiber add-ons.

Take a look through the gallery of Japanese and European Varis-tuned cars below:

GALLERY: Varis Display at the Tokyo Auto Salon

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 |  Jan 14 2010, 11:05 PM

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While many Japanese aftermarket tuners are taking on the newest models including many of them turning towards European applications, J’s Racing has stuck to what they know best: Hondas. The company’s booth wasn’t overwhelmingly large, but it was clear that J’s Racing is aware of the new Hybrid-tuning craze, displaying its own version of a tuned Insight, complete with light-weight RAYS wheels, an aero kit, lowered suspension and some nice Recaro seats inside. It even featured a unique combination of decals that gave it a widebody look.

Next to this Insight sat a car that represents the other extreme at Honda, the now out-of-production S2000. This model featured the J’s Racing widebody kit that is anything but subtle and has appeared on more than a few cars and more than a few magazine covers on this side of the Pacific.

GALLERY: J’s Racing Honda Insight and S2000

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