RE Amemiya's RX-7 makes more than 600bhp from its three-rotor engine
Gunma University's 'Gaus Bucacco Deiyon' is based on a second-generation Toyota MR2
Lexus LS460 LWB is an unlikely candidate for such radical modifications
Beneath the styling of this TE-Spyder 800 lies a Toyota MR2
Little of the Toyota GT86 base car is visible beneath the lines of this Style Cb Prototype Spyder
This Lightning McQueen replica is based on an early Nissan 200SX
This Grand-Am GX Mazda 6 competes in the Grand-Am Rolex GX class
Ducks-Garden 356 speedster takes a Daihatsu Copen as its base
The Daihatsu Copen is alive and well in Japan, as this Future Included XM1 concept shows
The Honda S660 Concept gets another airing, fresh from its debut at last year's Tokyo motor show
Honda's Vezel SUV has already come in for some Mugen styling tweaks
Blitz has managed to extract more than 540bhp from this BRZ's 2.0-litre boxer engine
Another 500bhp-plus GT86, in this case tuned by GReddy and wearing a Scion badge
Topfuel S2000 Type RR is one of the world's fastest S2000s, with 800bhp on tap
Turbocharged Suzuki Swift makes a remarkable 420bhp
The Honda N-One Modulo concept is a restyled version of the popular kei car
This Toyota GT86 packs 670bhp and wears a carbon kevlar body
This is claimed to be the world's fastest Evo estate, with 900bhp available
The Honda N-Box Element concept features two-tone paint covering its largely standard bodywork
The Mugen Odyssey Absolute MPV features 18in alloys, lowered suspension and a Mugen bodykit
Honda NSX Concept GT is a hybrid Super GT series GT500 racer
The Mazda 3 has already been worked on by Mazda's in-house customisers...
...as has this Mazda CX-5
The Mercedes A45 AMG 4Matic Petronas Green Edition is a limited-run model for the Japanese market
Mitsubishi's EK Space kei car U-tone style is another factory-built model
Late-model Mitsubishi Delicas are rare in the UK. This D:5 Desert Cruiser version has a 2in suspension lift and rugged styling
Nissan GT-R Nismo is another GT500 race-series competitor...
...and it stands alongside the standard GT-R Nismo
Nissan's Japanese market Micra, called March locally, is available as a Japan-only Nismo model
Nissan Elgrand Rider High Performance Spec Black Line features a 3.5-litre V6
Nissan ZEOD racer will compete at Le Mans this year
Nissan X-Trail X-Tremer Package Stretched is a concept, which features a number of standard accessory parts
This Subaru WRX STI will compete at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race this year
Subaru BRZ GT300 racer is another competitor in the Super GT series
Subaru Levorg has been given a range of STI chassis parts
Suzuki Hustler has been given a handful of subtle body modifications
The latest GT86 TRD Griffon Concept is intended to showcase TRD's off-the-shelf parts
This Toyota Harrier is another model to carry a stack of TRD-developed parts
Toyota Voxy Modellista is fitted with the wonderfully named Wing DancerV bodykit
Gazoo Racing-tuned Toyota MarkX packs a 320bhp 3.5-litre V6 engine
The Lexus RC F has already been developed into a Super GT race car
Kansai-tuned Nissan GT-R develops almost 1000bhp
The modifcations to this Audi R8 V10 are largely cosmetic
The Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ are both becoming popular models in Japan's myriad race series
Although less common, there are a small number of European models in attendance
Subaru R-2 from the early 1970s gets Gulf-inspired paintwork and develops 63bhp from its 660cc engine
LB Performance's Aventador Roadster features an aero kit and 20in alloys
This is one of the few 4-series in attendance, modified here by 3D Design
Beetles are still a relatively popular model on the Japanese tuner scene
Spaceframed drag car wears Lexus Soarer silhouette bodywork and is powered by a 1600bhp 3.2-litre 2JZ engine
The Tokyo Auto Salon is the biggest date in the Japanese tuner car scene, where the biggest names descend to measure the pulse of the aftermarket industry.
It is one of the few shows where wildly styled kei cars can stand wheel-to-wheel beside 600bhp Toyota GT86s and spaceframed drag cars.
This year’s show proves the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ are still the darlings of Japan’s modified car scene. And the customisation of kei cars – while still a phenomenon peculiar to Japan – shows little signs of slowing.
What is clear, is that car makers wholeheartedly embrace the scene, allowing them to experiment with production models that would be tough to do at the regular motor show. Models like the Mazda 3 and CX-5 have been fettled by their makers, and Nissan’s range of tuned MPVs shows the scene isn’t limited to sports cars.
Click the image above to launch the Tokyo Auto Salon gallery.