Sunday, October 29, 2017

Tokyo Motor Show 2017

The brightest stars of the Tokyo Motorshow 2017 are perhaps the cars that didn't make to it: after the inspiring concepts of the 2015 edition we were all expecting to see the new Supra or hints of the new Fairlady Z (or even the new Silvia that is rumored to be in the works?), but unfortunately none of these models were on display. In line with the times, this year's edition was themed around the future of mobility, which translated in a show dominated by hybrid power and autonomous driving, with very little space left for, well, fun.

As expected the recently launched new Leaf took the main stage at the Nissan booth, alongside the IMx, a rather futuristic concept of a hybrid crossover.

The new Leaf Nismo concept was also on display, but it didn't really catch my attention as I was rather focused on taking a photo of the now 10 years old R35, which was actually the only model to remind visitors that Nissan also makes sportscars. 

Lexus had several models on display, like the LS+ concept which, as cool as it looks, is probably just another styling exercise.

On the other hand, the limited edition RC F looked like a quality item that I'm sure my friend Aki appreciated.

The HV Sports concept from Toyota was quite a letdown, basically a restyled GT86 with fancy headlights finished in matte black: boring. Where is the new Supra?

The new Century was quite cool and is one of those few Japan-only models that are left in a completely globalized market.

In a recent coverage on Speedhunters, my friend Dino went on and stated that Mazda has probably the most inspired design amongst the Japanese makers at the moment. After the stunning RX-Vision that we saw in 2015 and the new Vision Coupe on display this year there is no arguing with that statement.

Most of the exotic European makers unfortunately have been ditching the TMS in recent years, but Porsche was there with the new 911 GT3 to remind us what German engineering precision is all about.

Not to mention the sister Cup Car - possibly the ultimate "reasonably priced" track toy.

Always cool to see makers paying homage to their heritage too: the 356 Speedster looked better than most of the latest concepts.

Far from being a BMW fan, but I liked the new Z4 concept, well, minus the horrid color choice.

Mercedes, with the recently unveiled AMG Project One, was flexing its muscles as the only maker with a hypercar-level model on display.

Not that I'm in a position to afford one, but I wouldn't hesitate one second to invest the 2.3 million dollars it demands into something else, like a Pagani Zonda. I'm sure that performances will be off the scale, but it looks as appealing as a LMP1 prototype and is the perfect example of how makers are losing touch with emotions in the endless pursuit of numbers. 

Not a bad Tokyo Motorshow, but also not a great one; after missing R's Meeting in September I look forward catching up with the JDM scene and GT-R community at Nismo Festival later in November.

Until next time.

1 comment:

  1. I hope that mazda make for us a good predecessor for the rx-7 not the rx-8.
    loved the 2015 vision but this year it hints to a 4 door coupe like the rx-8.

    all in all what I care about now is the nismo festival lol. Please have a good look on the new products "especially those from omori" as I'm very interested in those :)