Hot on the heels of the Detroit motor show comes a very different type of motor show – the Tokyo Auto Salon.
Not to be confused with the Tokyo motor show, the Auto Salon is essentially Japan's answer to the American SEMA tuning show, and is replete with all kind mental oriental machinery.
If you like Nismo Nissans, lowered Lexuses and muscled Mitsubishis, read on for our pick of the show.
Mazda Roadster Mazdaspeed M’z Tune Concept
This very cool MX-5 was put together by Mazda E&T, Mazda’s special ops division in Hiroshima and while it gets the Mazdaspeed badge (MPS in the UK), don’t get carried away. It’s not the rumoured MX-5 version of the turbocharged 3 and 6. Latest word from Mazda central is that there’s no plan to do a turbocharged MX-5 MPS, appealing as the idea sounds. Mazda top brass feels forced induction upsets the purity of the lightweight MX-5 formula, so it will be officially resisted for as long as possible. Instead, this Mazdaspeed M’z Tune concept is all about a carefully co-ordinated bodykit. It's not just show, however - the package also includes unique Bilstein dampers, a sports exhaust, 18-inch wheels and a remapped 2.0-litre engine with a 12bhp power boost. Mazda’s expected to put it on sale in Japan this spring.
Mugen Open-Top Pure Sports
Born in 1999, the Honda S2000’s now slowly on the way out but tuner Mugen will still sell you a whole barrel full of go-faster bits and this year it's come up with this interesting creation, the Mugen Open-Top Pure Sports.It's a swoopy revamp of the S2000 with a sleeker front end, bulging front wings, big roll bar, slim aero screen, trick carbonfibre rear diffuser and flat body under panel. There’s also a four-pipe exhaust, Brembo brakes, 18-inch alloys and a tuned 2.0-litre screamer of an engine that develops "over 250bhp.”