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2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2 (Production Cars/Motorbikes)

The second part of our coverage showcases the production vehicles on display at the show.

Date Published: 29 Oct 2017
2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2 (Production Cars/Motorbikes)

Tokyo, Japan - We have seen the most incredible concept cars in part one, let’s now take a look at what we can actually purchase and enjoy on the road.

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

As a former owner and die-hard Subaru enthusiast, there were a couple of cars I would never pass up, the new STI BRZ and WRX STI S208.

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

Both were clad in a new light blue (almost baby blue) paintwork, but we have to admit it worked better on the WRX with its contrasting black painted bits. The BRZ on the other hand just looked a little too soft.

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

Subaru always produce an “S” series for its older models and my colleague Pierre-Laurent Ribault (who kindly provided a few photos for this article) was explaining me that they usually sell all of them within 2 weeks!

With only 450 cars produced in total, the S208, like its predecessors will become a rarity you would only probably get to see at car meets. With the disappearance of its arch nemesis from Mitsubishi, the WRX STI is now peerless in the compact performance sedan category and we definitely hope Subaru will continue building these exciting cars.

Subaru’s Japan only BRZ STI comes with a stiffer chassis and firmer suspension but still packs the same 200hp-ish FJ20, which was disappointing actually.

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2 (Production Cars/Motorbikes)

 

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2 (Production Cars/Motorbikes)

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2 (Production Cars/Motorbikes)

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2 (Production Cars/Motorbikes)

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2 (Production Cars/Motorbikes)

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2 (Production Cars/Motorbikes)

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

Another car we personally enjoyed was the Up! GTI. The sporty version of the urban compact looked incredible and comes with a proper six-speed manual transmission and 113hp.

In fact the car reminded of the Golf GTI Mk1 (Nick’s favourite VW car of all times and his very first car actually)! In a sea of Hybrid and EV cars, this little manual sports compact was definitely a breath of fresh air!

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2 (Production Cars/Motorbikes)
Over at the Mazda booth we had to take a look at the Roadster RF, which somehow reminded us of the coupe version of the NB Roadster while retaining its top down capability.

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2

2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Part 2 (Production Cars/Motorbikes)

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  • Writer / Photographer
    Nick Itoh
  • Additional photographers:

  • Pierre Laurent Ribault, Ivan Koloshin & Chris Nicholson
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