A stable of souped-up sports cars from Japan are set to hog the limelight at the Bangkok International Auto Salon 2013, which opens to the public on Thursday.
Japanese tuning house Top Secret has taken Nissan’s mighty GTR and pumped its power up to a staggering 1,000hp for a top speed of 377kph.
Now in its second year, the 10-day car show will showcase more than 50 modified and custom cars of diverse styles from January's Tokyo Auto Salon.
The highlights from Japan include a Nissan Super GT-R 1200 Top Secret, a Toyota 86 Tom's, the Mazda RX-8 Knight Sports that raced in the Macao GP Road Sport Challenge, a Suzuki Swift Type Zero Top Fuel, a BMW Gran Coupe 3D Design Edition and a Honda CR-Z Mugen RR Concept.
There will not only be high-performance cars, but also dressed-up cars like those from Tommy Kaira, Bride, Gibson, Tanabe and AMS.
Also included are car and motorcycle companies, after-market parts and accessory manufacturers from Asia and Europe, including Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Isuzu, Subaru, BMW, Yamaha, Lamina film, PP Superwheel, Spoon by Oak Club, Vtech Store, W Work, Axcell, Tein, Cusco, RSR, Asuka, Tomoki and Amamiya.
The show's organisers say visitors can enjoy fun colourful entertainment such as a sexy carwash, concerts by popular singers and the appearance of more than 100 super sexy Tokyo girls including Gravure Idols, A-Class Girls Japan and Race Queens, plus Thai FHM Girls Next Door.
Since this kind of show specifically appeals to car lovers, there will also be motorsport-related features such as an F1 racing car, official merchandise and driving simulators.
The Bangkok International Auto Salon is licensed by the Tokyo Auto Salon, the world's largest modified car and accessories exhibition, and is the largest of its kind in Asean, according to Siam Sport Syndicate and Inspire Entertainment, the show's organisers.
The Bangkok International Auto Salon will be held from June 20-30 at Challenger Hall 2-3, Impact Muang Thong Thani. Entry fee is 100 baht. The show runs from noon to 9.30pm on weekdays and from 11am to 9.30pm at weekends.
Mugen has bolted a supercharger to the Honda CR-Z hybrid’s 1.5 litre petrol engine, boosting power output to 179hp.
To make good use of the rear-wheel drive chassis of the Toyota 86, Tom’s has ditched the four-pot Boxer engine and replaced it with a 3.5 litre 2GR-FSE V6 tweaked to give 400hp.
This Artis Harrier won a design competition at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, thanks to its fancy exterior colours and bodywork.
The Subaru Legacy GT300 is developed for a Japanese endurance racing series and uses a modified version of the brand’s reputable boxer engine.
Old it may be, but the Nissan 180SX has been given a modernday makeover with a GTR 3.8 litre VR38DETT V6 good for 360hp.
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