This article is one of our DS Does Japan series from our recent trip to the land of the rising sun, courtesy of Toyota Australia. Click here for the whole set!

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DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

Tokyo Auto Salon was simply overwhelming. This is half of one hall, out of 5 halls.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

Dan and I have been debating over how we should break it up, and we’ve decided to do a feature on the most popular car on display – the Toyota 86. In the centre is Tada-san, one of the primary drivers behind the 86, flanked by the Gazoo crew.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

Gazoo Racing have been campaigning Toyotas in racing for a LONG time, recently entering an LFA and 86 in the Nurburgring 24 hour enduro. The embroidery on the left of the dash of this special edition GR MN 86 tells the rest of the story.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

Another from GR.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

As I mentioned in a previous article, it seems like everyone in Japan is interested in cars, boys and girls of all ages. Perhaps because there is such national pride in the automotive industry? Imagine being able to go to something like Tokyo Auto Salon on a school excursion!

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

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The 14R60 is a TRD-modified version with plenty of carbon everywhere. By that, I mean a new front bar, roof, wing, side skirts and diffuser. Interior also gets a bunch of cool stuff such as bucket seats and alcantara everywhere.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

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The changes were not lost on the competition, who came down to check it out.

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It’s the production version of this awesomeness, the TRD Griffon concept, first revealed at TAS2013. After reducing weight and improving the exhaust, suspension and aero, the thing is faster than a 458/Gallardo/GT2/R35 on Tsukuba with a 1:01.872.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

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Almost every relevant stand had at least one 86 on it in varying stages of tune, ranging from quirky cosmetic mods, to rally cars, to hardcore time attack cars. Jun’s hyper lemon colour always stands out.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

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Chrome by Blitz.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

Not all of the cars were modified with performance in mind. Check out this Western-themed collabo with Edwin, a Japanese jeans manufacturer.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

I actually quite like the denim.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

On the other hand, I suspect the only 86 bits in Monster Tajima’s Pikes Peak hillclimb weapon are the headlights and badges.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

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Incredible wheels everywhere.

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One of the nicest 86s in my opinion was built by Pit Road M.

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Here’s some video of this car at Suzuka.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

Check out the insane front splitter!!

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

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But it wasn’t just the new 86 that received lots of attention. The ageing AE86 was well-represented by Impulse with these absolutely mindblowing examples.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

This second one is ALL CARBON, weighing in at just 735 kg. Lets just pause for a second and let that sink in.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

This exquisite rear window blew my mind. So many wants!!

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

Rally-spec by Tein.

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Another standout for me was the Zero Fighter. While some of my friends disagree, I absolutely LOVE how this thing looks.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

Pure insanity.

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

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More TAS articles are on their way!

DS Does Japan - 86s of TAS

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