JDM in Japan: RickLuu’s Snaps – Part 1

Fortunately for me, when Ricky went to Japan a few weeks ago, he also snapped some sick pics of all the cool car stuff that Japan had to offer. Many of us dream of going there one day, and only a few of us actually do. For now, I have to live vicariously through those that do go and ogle over the pictures they take.

Ricky was able to take quite a few pics of all the car stuff he could – including the Toyota museum that also featured the drool-worthy Toyota GT86 decked out with all the TRD goodies including some from the Griffon concept that are unattainable for us peasants in North America. Among the TRD GT86 are other gems such as the Toyota Vellfire, the Crown and Altezzas. He made a visit to Super Autobacs as well (I mean, what ricer wouldn’t go there while in Japan?)…

I’ll try to post it in a few batches as there are about 200 pics. But it’ll give some much needed content to my oh-so-slow blog. Anyway, thanks Ricky for giving me the pics! Love them!

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Starting at Toyota City Showcase – AKA the Toyota Museum

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Cool scooters that we will never get. But we get hoverboards…

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The parking elevator

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Used and abused. At least they cleaned the tires.

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Lexus LFA decked out in livery

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GT WINGS!!!

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Simulators

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My favourite pictures from his whole trip have got to be this TRD GT86. As I said above, there are a few parts on this car that are not available to us. One such piece is that front bumper – a street version of the Griffon bumper.

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The canards are available for us… So is the TRD BBK and fender fins you see in the pic.

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All GT86 TRD goodies you could ask for. HEAVEN.

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On the rear you’ll see the street version of the Griffon bumper with dual center exit exhaust. Another unattainable piece currently is the TRD carbon swan neck wing. It’s actually available for the Japanese market at a mere $4,000.
However, the pieces available to us are the TRD trunk lip and side extensions and rear louver.

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Close up of the TRD swan neck.

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Look at just how perfect that weave is. Dare I say that it even rivals the quality that Voltex and J’s Racing produce. Absolutely stunning.

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A pair of TRD seats – one bucket and one reclining. Another thing to add to my wishlist…

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All the Modellista aero – rear stabilizer, side spoiler extensions, door mouldings, headlight eyelids.

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Modellista parts pics…

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Even interior panel sets for those that like to colour coordinate.

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The Gazoo Racing GT86 beside the Gazoo Racing LFA.

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Best pic ever. MEAN. I wish this bumper was available here 😦

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A shot of the Griffon concept.

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Moving over… Here’s the new Vitz tuned by GRMN. Some of you may have heard of GRMN through the news that they have just produced some GT86’s that are valued at $60,000 USD. However, they are not going to be available in North America.

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Check that rear. The Japanese rice out everything… And it’s bad ass as hell.

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Another stranger to us that we wish we had is the Mark X. A popular sport VIP platform car. This one also done up by GRMN.

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Looks so crazy.

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Quad exhaust

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Love these aggressive fronts!

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Carbon pieces are always good.

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The Toyota IQ – also modded by GRMN. This one is supercharged.

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My god. That ass.

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Can’t complain about the aggressive front profile either.

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A more stock looking IQ – but still also churned out by GRMN.

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Speak of the devil – here is the GRMN 86 we I just mentioned. I didn’t even know Ricky got shots of this until just now. I guess it should have been expected with all the other GRMN tuned cars.

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Side profile. Fairly modest – no overly done aero except for simple carbon lip pieces and a GT wing out back.

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Big brake kit by GRMN.

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Rear racing spoiler. Although it doesn’t look like much, the biggest selling points of the GRMN 86 is the twin charger combination. It has a supercharger and a turbo rated at 320hp. For a car this light, that is a hefty amount of power to push around.

The suspension has also been tuned and the interior includes bucket seats, 4 point harnesses and a roll case.

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The seating area for guests… You get to sit in GRMN seats 🙂

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A few more shots of the Gazoo Racing (GRMN) 86.

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And the LFA again

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Here is the Super GT Lexus SC

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Put a legit GT wing on something and I’ll like it. LOL

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That’s it for tonight! More tomorrow!

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