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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 2012, 10:45 AM

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Wald’s creations are known to be aggressive but for the most part they tend to keep the luxury still intact with their styling packages. This time however, they may have gone too far with their Black Bison kit for the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe.

We’d be the first ones to say that a Rolls-Royce is probably the last car you ever want to put a body kit on, and unfortunately Wald is further proof of that. In an attempt to add some sportiness to one of the world’s most luxurious convertibles, they’ve turned it into some sort of atrocity. Wald plans on debuting this package at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, which adds a new front bumper with mesh inserts and LED daytime running lights. The side skirts are somewhat tolerable, but the rear diffuser looks out of place. We do find the trunk-mounted lip spoiler to be a nice touch however.

In addition to the five-piece body kit, Wald also offers front fender vents, carbon fiber accents, lowered suspension and custom wheels for the Phantom Drophead Coupe.

GALLERY: Wald Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

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 |  Nov 29 2011, 12:45 PM

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Typically we’ve been having to present official Wald Black Bison vehicles sporting Wald wheels and other Wald goods, hardly ever do we get to spot a full Wald Black Bison vehicle sporting someone else’s wheels. This time around, to show off Wald’s new Black Bison kit for the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, we decided to give the spotlight to Need 4 Speed Motorsports that put together this beauty.

In typical fashion, Wald’s Black Bison kit transforms the S63 AMG to a much sportier and more aggressive vehicle, while maintaining the class and style Mercedes is known for from the factory. Instead of outfitting the S63 AMG with a set of Wald wheels however, Need 4 Speed Motorsports turned to Vossen’s CV-1 wheels in a 21-inch sizing. To round it all off, Need 4 Speed also equipped the S63 with a lowering package and air suspension.

What do you guys think? Nice to see a full Wald Black Bison car sporting someone else’s wheels eh?

GALLERY: Wald Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Black Bison

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[Source: GT Spirit]

 |  Oct 23 2011, 10:00 AM

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Continuing on its success in building multiple Black Bison packages for various Mercedes-Benz models, Wald has decided to show off its newest tuning package for the SL Class. As we’ve come to know and expect from Wald’s Black Bison line, the SL Class receives an aggressive body kit that can be ordered in either glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) or carbon.

The styling package revamps the exterior of the SL, giving it a much more aggressive design, replacing the front bumper, front fenders, side skirts, rear arch extensions and a rear trunk lip spoiler. The front bumper features large intakes, daytime running lights and side vents while the rear bumper features vents and an aggressive diffuser.

As usual, Wald has a huge collection of wheels available for various makes and models, with them choosing a 20×9-inch and 20×11-inch Renovatio R12 two-piece wheel setup for this particular SL.

No pricing was announced from Wald.

GALLERY: Wald Black Bison SL Class

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 |  Oct 17 2011, 6:30 PM

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Toyo Tires has just announced their vehicle lineup for this year’s SEMA Show, bringing four high-profile and customized vehicles to their booth and announcing three of them today.

Headlining the debuts will be the Toyo Tires Ultimate Ride Sweepstakes 2011 Dodge Durango, which will also be given away to a lucky winner. Along with the Durango, Toyo will have a 2011 Ford F-150 Raptor, a 2011 BMW 5-Series  customized by Wald, and a yet-to-be-announced vehicle at their booth.

The giveaway Durango is a Mineral Gray Metallic Heat Edition 4×4 features a set of Toyo Proxes ST II rubber matched with 22-inch Savini Forged SV28c wheels. The Durango is further modified with a Magnaflow exhaust system while Mega Motorsports outfits it with a custom Alpine Audio entertainment system. Roadwire further modifies the interior with black leather upholstery contrasted with blue stitching. Up front is a T-REX four-piece flat black mesh grill featuring a UFC logo. Those attending the show will have the opportunity to scan a QR code to automatically enter themselves into the giveaway.

Second on the list is a custom Ford F-150 Raptor done by Street Concepts. The exterior features a Snow Camo vehicle wrap with 20×9-inch matte black Fuel Boost wheels wrapped with Toyo’s Open Country M/T rubber. The F-150 will be show-ready at SEMA thanks to Icon Vehicle Dynamics’ suspension, Brembo brakes, new bumpers and lighting. On the inside, Street Concepts gave the interior a carbon fiber-wrapped interior accented by black Alcantara. Kenwood supplies the in-car audio on this truck project.

Last of the announced vehicles will be a complete Wald F10 Black Bison, a customized 2011 BMW 5-Series. The 5-Series will feature a full Wald Black Bison body kit with 20-inch Wald R12 two-piece wheels paired with Toyo Proxes T1 Sport UHP tires.

The fourth vehicle remains a secret but Toyo promises it’ll be a crowd-stopping show car. Autoguide.com will be sure to stop by Toyo’s booth at this year’s SEMA Show to see these masterpieces in person.

GALLERY: Toyo Tires 2011 SEMA Lineup

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 |  Aug 10 2011, 11:10 AM

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Back in March, Wald previewed its Black Bison package for the newly-revamped Mercedes CLS, and now we can feast our eyes on official photos of the finish product.

The complete Black Bison kit will come with an all new front bumper, complete with LED daytime running lights, sport front fenders, side skirts, a rear bumper with LED brake light, exhaust tips, plus a trunk and roof spoiler. You’ll be able to pair the styling package up with available Wald wheels for the new-generation CLS, though we personally wouldn’t go for the ones on the demo car.

Many of Wald’s designs have been misses in the past, but this kit is undoubtedly a hit!

GALLERY: Wald Black Bison Mercedes-Benz CLS

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 |  Jul 27 2011, 2:30 PM

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Wald is giving older-generation Jaguar XJ owners something to get excited about. Part of their Black Bison line, Wald has introduced a new styling package for the XJ transforming the aesthetics and giving the luxury sedan a much sportier look. Along with the kit, customers can opt for a set of Wald wheels and a quad-tipped exhaust system.

The kit itself will replace the XJ’s outdated front bumper, side skirts and rear bumper. Additions include a subtle lip spoiler for the trunk and a rear window spoiler, giving the XJ a sporty style in the rear. The front bumper comes standard with LED daytime running lights, but customers can also opt for LED additions on the mirrors and fenders. Though wheel and tire packages can be custom tailored to what the customer wants, Wald chose to outfit their XJ with a set of 21-inch chrome wheels that in our opinion, doesn’t fit the Jaguar well.

GALLERY: Wald Black Bison Jaguar XJ

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[Source: Zercustoms]

 |  Mar 29 2011, 7:59 PM

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Clearly Mercedes-Benz‘s newest CLS is going to be the real hot kid on the block and the aftermarket is well aware of this, jumping on it quicker than we’ve seen in recent years. Wald is the latest tuner committing to the new CLS and it looks like they’ll be bringing their oddly-named Black Bison treatment, giving the CLS an even sportier look.

Like most Black Bison kits, Wald will outfit the new generation CLS with a wider body complete with a new front bumper add-on, side skirts and we’ll assume a rear diffuser. From there, it’s safe to assume that the CLS will receive a lowering module of some sort and will be outfitted with a set of Wald wheels.

Changing the sculpted lines of the new CLS quite a bit, it’s not the most attractive offering but is sure to appeal to some. Perhaps more exciting will be the tuning packages that are sure to follow for the new turbocharged V8 engines.

 |  Mar 05 2011, 9:14 AM

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Hot on the heels of their Tokyo Auto Salon showing, Wald International has released a Black Bison Edition styling package for one of Japan’s top luxury sedans, the LS series from Lexus. To show off their new kit, Wald chose to use an LS600h as their demo vehicle, but promises that the Black Bison Edition is compatible with the LS460 and even the LS long wheelbase model.

Similar to all their other Black Bison Edition vehicles, the Lexus LS600h sports a full body kit which includes a new front bumper, blacked out grille, new fenders, side skirts, roof and trunk spoiler, and rear bumper equipped with a new diffuser. Playing tribute to Lexus’ IS-F is a stacked quad-tipped exhaust system with a design similar to the factory IS-F’s unit.

Wald chose to outfit their Lexus LS600h with a set of their own Mahor wheels, which are available in a variety of widths in a 22-inch and 24-inch variety. No pricing has been announced for the Black Bison Edition Lexus LS package.

GALLERY: Wald International Lexus LS600h Black Bison Edition

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 |  Feb 25 2011, 3:54 PM

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Wald International has continued their rapid development and release of Black Bison tuning packages with the Maserati Quattroporte being their latest subject. And while there aren’t any real significant surprises in terms of the body kit and wheels Wald International outfitted on the Maserati Quattroporte, we’re a little more excited at the fact that the Japanese tuner is focusing more on Italian offerings as well.

Like all the other Black Bison packages we’ve already visited before, the Quattroporte sports an all new front bumper, side skirts and rear bumper. In addition, the front bumper sports a carbon fiber front lip while the rear is also equipped with a carbon fiber diffuser. The trunk spoiler is a subtle lip that fits its new home quite nicely.

And no modified luxury sedan would be complete without a new exhaust system, suspension upgrades to lower the vehicle and a set of fitting wheels.

[Source: Wald International]

GALLERY: Wald International Black Bison Maserati Quattroporte

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 |  Dec 03 2010, 10:50 AM

Wald International, a famed VIP-themed Japanese tuner, has turned their attention to British’s finest luxury sedan the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Wald didn’t stop at just an ordinary Phantom however, they decided to release their newest Sports Line Black Bison Edition kit for the Phantom EWB – the extended wheelbase model.

With how popular Rolls-Royce’s Phantom is becoming worldwide, including the emerging Chinese market, it’s no surprise that Wald has made the ultra-luxury even more luxurious. The above is simply a render, and not an actual photo, but it looks like Wald will be adding a little bit of sport to the Phantom’s overall bold yet tame styling. A new front bumper, side skirts and we’ll assume rear bumper is clearly in the works. Wald did decide to pair their Phantom EWB render with a set of 24-inch wheels. Considering how easy it would be for a tuner to ruin a Rolls, we’re impressed with what Wald is planning for the car.

Wald International will be debuting their actual Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB to the public at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon and AutoGuide.com will be sure to be there to cover it.

 |  Sep 19 2010, 9:36 AM

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With Bentley’s release of the 2011 Continental GT, one can safely assume that a refresh on the Flying Spur is around the corner. So if you’re one of those owners “stuck” with the current generation Flying Spur and don’t want to look out-of-date when Bentley inevitably releases the new generation, Wald International has released their Black Bison styling package for you.

Even though Wald International is mostly known for their subtle, yet clean, lip kits – especially on luxury cars – their Black Bison line offers a more aggressive look. It comes with full front and rear bumper replacements, new side skirts and spoilers for the trunk and windows visors. The front bumper is outfitted with LED running lights and larger opening vents, giving it quite the aggressive style.

We’ve actually thought that the Flying Spur’s styling has been outdated for quite some time now, especially when its luxury sedan counterparts (Porsche Panamera) sweeping in. But Wald’s rendition is luxurious, yet sporty and we wouldn’t mind being stuck with it if we really had to.

GALLERY: Wald International Black Bison Bentley Continental Flying Spur

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 |  Aug 09 2010, 11:14 PM

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The world of tuning hybrids has really evolved in a short period of time. The good looks of the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius have really captured the Japanese aftermarket. We saw it first hand at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon, where the overwhelming amount of customized hybrids caught us by surprise.

Wald International has built a reputation over the years as one of Japan’s premiere manufacturers of high quality styling kits. Mostly geared towards luxury sedans and the entire VIP movement, Wald has now taken a different approach by teasing an upcoming kit for the Toyota Prius. Yep, even Wald is getting their hands dirty with the hybrids.

We’ve only been treated with a single photo of the kit, but we’re already digging it. Instead of changing the entire look of the car and messing with the Prius’ drag coefficient bod, Wald took a conservative approach, adding flair to the front bumper while maintaining a majority of the stock look. We particularly like the side skirts which are a perfect fit to the Prius’ body. We’re curious to see how the rear of the project is shaping up; we’ll be sure to report when we get a full release and pricing on the package.

 |  Jul 19 2010, 8:14 PM

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While Lorinser and Carlsson are staple brands for Mercedes-Benz tuning, Wald is hardly overlooked among luxury enthusiasts. The Japanese body kit specialists have revamped their Black Bison Styling Edition kit for the recently facelifted Mercedes-Benz S-Class W221 chassis and it’s looking stellar.

It’s not exactly something brilliantly new, but it’s arguably the best looking kit for the S-Class, with a sense of open-mouth aggressiveness that fits the luxury sedan. Adding sportiness with additional vents and ducts in the front bumper and fenders, the Black Bison Edition lives up to its name. The kit also comes with a new rear bumper, side skirts and a pair of spoilers, one for the trunk and one for the rear window.

On their demo car, Wald opted for 22-inch Renovatio wheels in a matte black with brown accents. Oh and at the rear you’ll find an exhaust system that is similar to what is seen on the IS-F. Very interesting indeed.

GALLERY: Wald Black Bison Mercedes-Benz W221 S-Class

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 |  Jun 13 2010, 8:50 PM

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Wald Nissan GT-R, and it surely won’t be the last. This one is built by SR Auto Group in Canada, a company that specializes in luxury and exotic vehicles. While the two-tone black (carbon fiber) and white scheme is nice, we find it a little overwhelming – perhaps a little too much contrast going on. But we have to admit it does look killer overall and very unique.

As obvious, the exterior sports a full Wald Aero Package along with a carbon fiber hood from Seibon and front clear sidemarkers. The wheels are 22-inch Pur Six, which to us, seem a little plain and generic for a Nissan GT-R. Sure the design is clean, but juts doesn’t look … menacing. Under the hood is Cobb’s Stage III performance upgrade and SR’s own Black Label exhaust system. Handling suspension duties is a set of coilovers from T1R.

One thing we’d love to see changed is the rear fenders being molded onto the body rather than riveted on. A nice smooth transition would have set it apart better and perhaps match-painted would make it a nicer, minor rear widebody conversion. But hey, tons of carbon fiber and tons of contrasting white makes for a clean, killer GT-R. We’re still jealous we don’t have our own in our stable.

GALLERY: SR Auto Group Wald Nissan GT-R

[Source: Luxury4Play and SR Auto Group]

 |  May 19 2010, 3:57 PM

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Wald International is one of Japan’s premier tuner of high-end automobile brands. But as of the last recent years their brand name has lost some of its luster – strangely as the brand has also increased in popularity on this side of the Pacific. So when we got word that Wald would be showcasing a new wheel we were anxious and had high hopes. Well, the Germania G21 wheels are here and we have to admit, we’re a little underwhelmed.

Wald chose to use their Black Bison edition Mercedes-Benz E-Classes to display the new 21-inch wheel. Almost all of Wald’s wheels feature bold and in-your-face designs while maintaining a classy and refined style to them. They were always “just enough” without going “over the top”. But the new Germania G21 seems to lack a lot of depth. Sure we’re well aware that many manufacturers are turning towards a monoblock/one-piece style for cost savings, but having absolutely no concave or depth to the wheels really throws it off. We couldn’t help but think some of these photos were bad Photochops given how flat the face of the wheel is.

We like the chrome with contrasting black finish on the spokes, but overall the design of the wheel leaves a bit more to be desired. But hey, at least the two modified E-Classes make for great eye-candy.

GALLERY: Wald Germania G21 Wheels on Black Bison Mercedes E-Class

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[Source: WorldCarFans]

 |  Nov 05 2009, 1:36 PM

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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 WALD (along with other brands like Rinspeed and even Mansory) in North America. The pristine white GT-R features the full WALD aero kit including side skirts, rear fender arches, a new front bumper with carbon fiber accents, a carbon rear wing and a carbon diffuser. Also included in the build are a set of 22-inch WALD P13F wheels with Yokohama Advan tires, WALD lowering springs and a full titanium exhaust from Arqray Japan.

GALLERY: WALD Black Bison GT-R

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 |  Oct 14 2009, 11:17 AM

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There will no doubt be numerous modified GT-Rs at this year’s SEMA Show. One of the nicest, is sure to be WALD’s Black Bisson model. WALD’s U.S. distributor, Jonari Corp., has said it is building a GT-R for the aftermarket trade show. The car will feature the full aero kit including side skirts, rear fender arches, a new front bumper with carbon fiber accents, a carbon rear wing and a carbon diffuser. Also included in the build are a set of 22-inch WALD P13F wheels with Yokohama Advan tires, WALD lowering springs and a full titanium exhaust from Arqray Japan.

We’ll be sure to bring you more on the car with live coverage of the 2009 SEMA Show starting on November 3rd.

See AutoGuide’s live SEMA Coverage here!

GALLERY: WALD Black Bisson GT-R

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