Toyota Yaris Turbo Concept Revealed: 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon

Toyota Yaris Turbo Concept Revealed: 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon
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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. Continue Reading...

Lexus LS F-Sport by Five Axis Video, First Look: 2012 SEMA Show

Lexus LS F-Sport by Five Axis Video, First Look: 2012 SEMA Show
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How good does the Lexus LS F Sport by Five Axis look? Let’s just say not too many folks were paying a lot of attention to the LFA Nurburgring edition it was parked next to at the SEMA Show today. Continue Reading...

Hyundai “Velocity” Veloster is a Skunk Works Project With Cosworth Tuning: 2012 SEMA Show

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Hyundai “Velocity” Veloster is a Skunk Works Project With Cosworth Tuning: 2012 SEMA Show
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Comfortably overshadowing Hyundai’s RE:MIX special edition Veloster production car unveiled today at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas is another Veloster built by Hyundai staff, though with a little help from Cosworth. Continue Reading...

NISMO Tuned March, Juke and Leaf Concepts On Display at Tokyo Auto Salon

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NISMO Tuned March, Juke and Leaf Concepts On Display at Tokyo Auto Salon
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Hinting at a possible tuner version of the new March/Micra sub-compact, Nissan has revealed a NISMO concept model at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Standing alongside similar NISMO-tuned versions of the Leaf and Juke, the March NISMO Concept gets the expected goodies. Included in the package are lighter forged wheels and an upgraded (and lowered) suspension,… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius Tuner Cars of the Tokyo Auto Salon [Gallery]

Toyota Prius Tuner Cars of the Tokyo Auto Salon [Gallery]
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To say there’s a strong tuner car culture for hybrids in Japan might be a bit too generous. Oh, there’s no doubt the Japanese love to modify the cars, but perhaps the term “customization” is more accurate. At this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon there was the usual selection of Prius model with wild bodykits and… Continue Reading...

Wacky Tuner Cars of the Tokyo Auto Salon [Gallery]

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Wacky Tuner Cars of the Tokyo Auto Salon [Gallery]
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At Japan’s annual Tokyo Auto Salon, they’d call our list of the Top 10 Worst Cars of SEMA tame. Sure we documented some atrocities during our time at North America’s largest aftermarket expo, but it’s hard to compete with a diorama of an army soldier apparently shooting baby dolls on the tonneau cover of a… Continue Reading...

Lexus LFA by TWS Forged Sports Viper ACR Sized Spoiler: 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon

Lexus LFA by TWS Forged Sports Viper ACR Sized Spoiler: 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon
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Aftermarket wheel manufacturer TWS Forged obviously liked what they saw when Toyota unveiled the Nurburgring Edition Lexus LFA. Sporting a more track-oriented aerodynamic kit and a functional rear spoiler, that package (even in its shocking orange paint scheme) now looks tame compared to the modified LFA on display at the TWS booth at the Tokyo… Continue Reading...

Nissan Shows Off 10 Car Tokyo Auto Salon Lineup

Nissan Shows Off 10 Car Tokyo Auto Salon Lineup
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Nissan has announced an extensive 10-car lineup for the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon including everything from modified minivans to GT-R race car. Following roughly a month after the Tokyo Motor Show, the salon is in many ways Japan’s version of SEMA, giving aftermarket tuners and race shops a chance to show their wares. In the… Continue Reading...

Kia Optima Hybrid USTCC Pace Car Revealed: 2011 SEMA Show

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Kia Optima Hybrid USTCC Pace Car Revealed: 2011 SEMA Show
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After taking the championship in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge street tuner challenge this year, Kia is announcing further commitments to the world of motorsports. In addition to the 2012 Rio B-Spec racer, built by Kia Racing and Kinetic Motorsports, Kia has unveiled an Optima Hybrid pace car for the United States Touring… Continue Reading...

Modified Kia Souls Inspired by Michelle Wie, Blake Griffin to Bow at SEMA Show

Modified Kia Souls Inspired by Michelle Wie, Blake Griffin to Bow at SEMA Show
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Along with the debut of a new B-Spec budget race car, Kia is looking to showcase its updated 2012 Soul at the 2011 SEMA Show. In total, the Korean automaker will display six sports-themed vehicles. The first of the group has already been teased (above) and is a colorful creation inspired by pro golfer Michelle… Continue Reading...

‘Versatile’ Veloster to Showcase Little Hyundai’s Tuning Potential at SEMA

‘Versatile’ Veloster to Showcase Little Hyundai’s Tuning Potential at SEMA
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While most of the cars at the SEMA Show are built to be over-the-top displays of horsepower and gaudiness Hyundai is preparing to showcase at least one of its new Veloster models that takes a different approach. Make no mistake, the car created by marketing agency PM Lifestyle and the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) will… Continue Reading...

Hyundai Veloster Turbo Heading to SEMA Show with Rally Car Style

Hyundai Veloster Turbo Heading to SEMA Show with Rally Car Style
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The SEMA Show is sneaking up on us again and one of the first vehicles we’re learning about is the ARK Performance Hyundai Veloster. Set to be unveiled at the Korean automaker’s stand at the annual aftermarket expo and built by ARK Performance, the rally-car styled Veloster will get some massively flared fenders and a… Continue Reading...

Nissan GT-R Powered ‘Super Juke’ Under Development

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Nissan GT-R Powered ‘Super Juke’ Under Development
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The much maligned styling of the Nissan Juke is in many ways overcome by its impressive driving characteristics. Still not convinced? Then perhaps the Nissan GT-R powered ‘Super Juke’ will help change your mind. Under development by Nissan Europe, the car will use the very same twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine as Godzilla, making around 480-hp…. Continue Reading...

World Time Attack Challenge Attracts the Best from Japan and the USA [video]

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The World Time Attack Challenge, held at Australia’s Eastern Creek International Raceway near Sydney, has attracted a deep field of local and international competitors including top American teams Sierra Sierra Enterprises and their Mitsubishi Evo 8 and Factor X Motorsports Development and their awesome Acura NSX. It may be an easier commute for the Japanese… Continue Reading...

BRE Mazda MX-5 to Make its Debut at Road Atlanta

BRE Mazda MX-5 to Make its Debut at Road Atlanta
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Racing legends Peter Brock and John Morton will fly their famous #46 red, white, and blue pattern on a classic Japanese roadster once again. But rather than on the Datsuns that made this livery so renowned, it will be on the most popular roadster ever sold or raced, the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The car will… Continue Reading...

AMS Performance to Tackle, Document Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Build Process

AMS Performance to Tackle, Document Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Build Process
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The Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T (the R-Spec model in particular) was built to appeal to buyers who like to modify their vehicles. One of the top tuners in the United States, AMS Performance, has begun developing performance parts for the Genesis Coupe 2.0T – a car that until now has been mostly ignored by the… Continue Reading...

GST Motorsports Sets New Super Lap Battle Record at Firebird Raceway

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At this year’s Modified Magazine Tuner Shootout, the Super Lap Battle track record set by Crawford Performance last year was broken by driver Gary Sheehan in the GST Motorsports Subaru Impreza L. With famed Japanese Time Attack driver Tarzan Yamada behind the wheel, the Crawford Performance 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI set a lap record of 1:02.1… Continue Reading...

Boost Logic Nissan GT-R Sets Standing Mile Record at 203.6 mph

Boost Logic Nissan GT-R Sets Standing Mile Record at 203.6 mph
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While AMS set the standing mile record for four-cylinders with its Evolution VIII at the Texas Mile, as well as a drag racing record earlier this year, the team at Boost Logic has been busy at work preparing their Nissan GT-R to set a standing mile record. Recently the team brought out its tuned GT-R… Continue Reading...

SEMA 2009: WALD Black Bison GT-R Debuts at Aftermarket Expo

SEMA 2009: WALD Black Bison GT-R Debuts at Aftermarket Expo
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To our surprise, the number of Nissan GT-Rs at this year’s SEMA Show is much lower than expected, with the Camaro being the obviously dominant vehicle. One of the nicest GT-Rs on display is the Black Bison model from Japanese tuner WALD. We found the car over at the Jonari booth, the company that distributes… Continue Reading...