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There’s no shortage of tuning firms that work on wide-body aerodynamic kits for Mercedes vehicles. Whether it’s a renowned firm like Brabus or just a local custom company in your town, you’re going to inevitably find someone that can offer you these packages.

Over in Osaka, Japan, a shop called Pole Position Tuning recently released their aerodynamic kits for two Mercedes models, the CLS-Class and the SL Class . Judging by the photos of these two kitted out Mercs, the folks over at PPT have definitely shown some promise with their packages.

The Mercedes CLS-Class was given a wide-body kit, a lower stance, and a set of custom wheels. The wheels look massive, and the tires practically look non-existent when tucked in the wheel arch, making it seem as if driving the Mercedes will give way to some metal to metal action. On top of that, there’s also a pretty intimidating rear wing that, if you ask us, doesn’t really suit the luxury styling of the CLS. The wide-body kit, the lowered stance, and the custom wheels all look good on the car, but that rear wing, especially those aluminum wing mounts, does very little to give the car’s overall luxury appearance some justice.

Hit the jump to see what Pole Position Tuning did with the SL 65 AMG.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen the Lexus LF-A in varying shapes and colors, drooling over these Japanese supercars every chance we find. All that time, however, the LF-A was nothing more than just a prototype because the production version wasn’t even being built yet.

All that changed on December 15th of last year when Lexus officially began production of the LF-A at the Motomachi production plant in Japan. A little over a month later, the first-ever production model – a bright orange version similar to the Nurburgring Package - of the LF-A was rolled out of the production block.

The work on the car is done by 170 people all of which have a specific role in the build of the Japanese supercar. Among them include specialists that only handle the carbon fiber components found in the car. In addition to that, the building of the LF-A and all the subsequent procedures done on each car are recorded and kept on journals, with each of these journals estimated to be 3,500 pages long.

We can’t blame Lexus for being this meticulous when it comes to building their maiden supercar. It took them a few years and a number of prototypes to get to this point, so we understand why they’re being very detail-oriented with the Lexus LF-A.

$375,000 a car will do that to you.


Ever since the Honda CR-Z hit the market, it’s been the subject of numerous tuning projects, be it aerodynamic, performance, or a combination of both. The strong appeal of Honda’s hybrid sports hatch is a testament to the car’s appeal and easy-to-upgrade nature, where only a few other cars can attest. This time around, the CR-Z was given a ground aerodynamic package courtesy of Japanese tuning firm, Noblesse.

Among the notable additions to the CR-Z include front and rear bumper aprons, side skirts, a new rear diffuser, a large roof wing, a lightweight carbon fiber hood, underbody aero parts, a sport exhaust system, and a new set of alloy wheels.

All the changes have turned the CR-Z into a meaner and more aggressive looking hybrid sports hatch, a testament to the ease with which a tuning firm can upgrade the hybrid sports car from a standard-looking hatchback to a car that is sure to catch tons of attention out on the streets.

Getting an award is quite an honor, but getting the title of Japanese Car of the Year is apparently something that warrants a little more than a simple thank you. The Honda CR-Z’s success on the Japanese market has led it to this prestigious award, and has led Honda to unveil a special edition to celebrate the event. Appropriately named the Memorial Award Edition, this special edition will only be available in Japan in a limited run of 1000 units. Honda sure seems excited about this title, huh?

The CR-Z Memorial Award Edition will be offered exclusively in Pearl Deep Sapphire Blue exterior paint with Dark Pewter Gray 16" wheels in a five double-spoke design. Onlookers will know exactly what this car is all about thanks to a sticker affixed on the driver’s side quarter glass that lists all of its options.

For the interior, the new CR-Z Memorial Award Edition adds a medium gray finish, sporty aluminum pedals, and a standard navigation system. Other than that, you get the standard 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine with 122 HP and 123 lb.-ft. of torque.

The price for the special CR-Z Memorial Award Edition is JPY 2,794,000 (or about $34,200 at the current exchange rates). So basically, customers interested in the Award model will get to spend almost twice the amount of the standard CR-Z for less upgrades than we can count on one hand. Doesn’t seem smart, does it?

Along with the WRX STI tS and A-Line tS , the Japanese market will also be receiving the Impreza WRX STI spec C to throw in all of our faces. This new version is already on sale in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The Subaru Impreza WRX STI spec C version is distinguished by an aluminum engine hood, laminar window glasses, and a downsized battery, all successful in reducing the vehicle’s overall weight. The newly-designed lightweight 18-inches alloy wheels are also brand-spanking new and are wrapped in Bridgestone POTENZA RE070 tires in 245/40R18 dimensions. Recaro seats with SRS front side airbags and SRS curtain airbags are available as an option.

Thanks to an optimized ECU programming, new ball-bearings for the twin-scroll turbocharger, and the reduced weight, the 2.0 liter turbo engine now delivers a total of 304 HP and 430 NM of torque.

The new spec C also gets colored "brembo" brake calipers and specially tuned front and rear suspensions that help the chassis offer stable and linear driving control even in marginal driving conditions.

Press release after the jump.

After being teased a few weeks ago, the Impreza WRX STI tS and A-Line tS (based off the AT model) have been officially unveiled. Of course, it doesn’t really make a difference to us because the folks in the Japanese market will be the only ones strolling around in these sports cars. Nevertheless, the WRX STI tS and A-Line tS will be made available starting January 25th, 2011.

The new tS versions are based off the 4-door Subaru WRX STI (duh!) and will carry some of the same features as the standard model, including the same front and rear dampers, special coil springs tuned by STI, a flexible tower bar front, and flexible draw-stiffeners. Power for the tS will still come from the 305hp, turbocharged/intercooled 4-cyl. Boxer engine, while the A-Line tS will receive the 300hp, single-scroll turbocharged 2.5 liter engine. A bump in power, however, will still come thanks to the weight reduction brought on by the carbon fiber roof and aluminum hood.

The Subaru’s handling has also been greatly improved with the use of the new flexible rear support and rear suspension link. The WRX STI tS is also differentiated by a front under spoiler, special tS front and rear ornaments, and a special STI rear ornament. The logo is then placed on the steering wheel and the new side sill plates to customize the vehicle even further.

Only 400 units of these models will be made in either satin white pearl, obsidian black pearl, spark silver metallic, and WR blue mica with prices starting at 4,020,000 yen (or $48,000 at the current rates).

Press release after the jump.

Subaru Japan has revealed the first teaser image of a future Impreza WRX STI tS (tuned by STI) model. Unfortunately, we don’t have much information on the model because the site is in Japanese and the English version is nonexistent (insert frustrated growl here). And the bad news doesn’t stop there as this edition will only be available in Japan. Why doesn’t that surprise us?

We were able to get some information from the image as it is blatantly obvious that a carbon fiber roof is present. All we need to know now is what other goodies will be in store for us, well Japan, when this new model comes out.

We are not really expecting to see any significant improvements under the hood due to the fact that nothing changed in that department for the Legacy tS unveiled earlier this year. It was distinguished only by a front lip and rear spoiler, 18" alloy wheels, a less restrictive muffler, and STi badges. It also got a revised Bilstein suspension, strut tower bars, and carbon fiber trimming. Our guess is that the new WRX STI tS will follow along those same lines, but that carbon fiber roof is pretty intriguing. Maybe we’ll see a few more fascinating mods when this vehicle is placed in the spotlight.

With electric vehicles becoming the rage these days, it could very well signal a turning of the guard in the auto industry with EVs taking the forefront in an industry that’s putting a premium on fuel efficient vehicles.

We’ve already seen models like the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf out on the market with some more automakers set to follow suit. But while those designs have placed importance on new school technology and cutting edge design, a little automaker from Japan wants to prove that we can still have the new benefits of electricity while also paying homage to the design elements of yesteryear.

By all accounts, the Takayanai Miluira – yeah, we’ve never heard of ‘em before either – is a nice open-top that plays itself to the role as a little hobby car. You’re not silly enough to bring this car out on the highway, but as far as the local blocks are concerned, the Miluira is an ideal choice for those town joyrides a lot of people, including us, seem to enjoy.

Details after the jump.

Source: Miluira

Studie AG is one of Japan’s biggest dealers and distributors of aftermarket tuning supplies, with a specialty in dressing up BMW’s finest. They usually end up with some pretty bombastic-looking vehicles with elaborate designs and colorful palettes, but this time they chose to go a completely different route.

For this project, the company took a 2010 BMW 5 Series GT and opted for a more subdued paint finish than the bright and colorful hues they’ve been known to use in the past.
For this particular F07 5-Series GT, Studie AG dressed it up in a flat safari green paint finish and christened it the BMW F07 Safari.

At first glance, this car looks to have been taken straight out of a wildlife preserve, but the truth is, there’s nothing “preserved” about this vehicle. Apart from the neat paint finish, Studie AG also enlisted the help of noted BMW aftermarket tuner AC Schnitzer , who provided a front half bumper cover that Studie AG tweaked slightly to make room for a pair of LED driving lights. On top of that, they also put in a set of 19” AC Schnitzer Type IV wheels that measures 19x8.5 at the front with a +15 offset while the rear was given 19x9.5wheels with a +21.5 offset. Studie AG also replaced the hood of the 5-Series GT with a vented version that has rows of louvers on each side.

To complete the whole ‘safari’ look, Studie AG also provided neat graphics on the sides of the car using military font to coincide nwith the safari green paint finish, which, incidentally also looks like the green military color.

Source: Jon Sibal

Why hello there, Mitsuoka ! How we’ve missed you so!

The eccentric Japanese coachbuilder hasn’t been in the news for a while now, but like raindrops in summer, they come out again on the news in their trademark unsuspecting fashion.

From the people that brought us the infamous Orichi sportscar and the Mazda MX-5 -based Himiko Roadster comes another priceless – for better or for worse – vehicle to their growing stable: the Mitsuoka Galue Limousine, an updated four-door limo that was built on the latest Nissan Teana sedan.

Don’t worry, folks. The Galue Limousine is nowhere near the level of ugly the Orichi comes in. Actually, the limo looks surprisingly svelte given the circumstance of who made it. Similar to its previous works – except with the Orichi, of course – Mitsuoka used a heavy dose of classic British car influence on the front end of the Galue Limousine. The car’s rear, on the other hand, looks a lot more recent than the front and is the perfect example of Mitsuoka’s continued fascination with putting two elements from different generations together and just sees how it looks like in the end. The company’s had more misses than it has had hits, but the Galou limousine looks to have been the latter - a ‘single’ in baseball parlance, but a hit nevertheless.

In terms of performance, Mitsuoka uses a has a number of different trims as well as two engine options available for the updated version of the Galue Limousine – a 2.5-liter version and a 3.5-liter V6 variant. Pricing for the vehicle comes out at a range from $44,700 to $64,200 and will be made available beginning on November 12th in Japan.


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