After covering a number of Exotic European machinery, let’s take a step back and take a look at something a little closer to my heart (and wallet). Let’s take a look at the BMWs from the Tokyo Auto Salon.
With BMW enjoying an ever growing popularity in Japan, it was only fitting that BMW themselves were present at the Auto Salon to prevent arch rivals Mercedes from stealing the Euro limelight.
Though they displayed only a handful of models (the 2 series especially, being just launched in Japan at the time), the Z4 GT3 racer and i8 pair didn’t need much effort to attract the crowds.
Over at the Yokohama booth, Studie brought out another i8 but slightly more tricked out. It remains to be seen what other goodies will be in store for this particular car.
With more and more Japanese tuners have begun developing their own parts as well as bringing in tuning goodies from overseas for these Bavarian bruisers, it’s only a matter of time before some good old fashioned JDM power eventually gets force fed into the turbo engines from Munich.
Dort’s delicious M4 sitting on two different sets of wheels.
Yas Marina M4 sitting in KW/Akrapovic’s booth. Got rake?
Another Studie BMW, this time, an M235i kitted out with M-Performance bits and sitting on AVS wheels.
One of the big highlights of the show, the totally wild Varis VRS Z4. No doubt inspired by the Z4 GT3.
Varis also showcased an M4.
Vertice Design’s D1 BMW runs a pumped up 2JZ under that bonnet.
The aftermarket World moves at a pretty fast and furious pace when you realize that the M4/M3 were launched not THAT long ago.
Agiosport also showcased a new M4 but their slammed 335i was the one getting most of the attention.
Mad wheels and even madder sparkly flakes paint.
Energy Motorsport’s i3. Supposedly the first ever i3 to receive some aftermarket tuning. But a tad much perhaps?
Their non electric offerings were slightly easier on the eyes.
White seems to be one of the most popular colors for BMWs in Japan with a pair of white knights in Kellener Sport’s booth.
Upping the power ante in this M5 at TWS.
3D Design brought out a number of cars, from this pair of Ms…
…To this X4…
And this crushing orange i3. Although the color might be a little searing for some, the aesthetic touches are in my opinion much better executed than Energy Motorsport’s iteration.
Duo from Duke Dynamics.
Finishing off, we have an M6 Gran Coupe sitting next to a pimped out Defender, and an X6 next to a Lamborghini. Only in the Tokyo Auto Salon.