Car Feature>> Kuniaki Konishi’s Bride Trueno

For the past decade, I’ve been an avid follower of Japanese media, in particular coverage of their drifting scene. Over the years there were many cars that stood out, and one of those was the three Bride AE86s. I couldn’t tell you if the other two still exist, but I came across one of them at Suzuka Motorland. This particular one is owned by Kuniaki Konishi, who purchased it off his friend, who had originally built and driven the car.

On the front are a pair of 15×8 SSR Professors, with matte black Longchamp XR4s (measuring 14×7 with a -24 offset) on the rear. The AE86 also wears a full Origin body-kit.

This is certainly an iconic livery, and I’ve lost track of how many times I saw the Bride AE86s in Japanese magazines, DVDs and on the ‘net. It was pretty awesome to see such a famous car at a private track day.

Weight is usually a concern for modified AE86s, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to see the guts have been stripped out of this example. The door cards have been retrimmed in Bride’s signature fabric, and of course the driver’s seat is also Bride…

…However this was no ordinary Bride seat!

Taking a closer look, there’s a TRD shifter remains along with a Cusco gear knob and three gauges.

A new handbrake lever has been added along with a tachometer in front of the standard cluster. The standard steering wheel has taken over with the ubiquitous Nardi Deep Corn.

The car is running a 16-valve 4AGE pushing out a healthy 170ps.

Shiny blue trumpets have been added onto the throttles to improve airflow into the little 1.6l motor.

Overall the engine doesn’t look the greatest but certainly runs and sounds unbelievable. Other modifications to help the car on the track include GT knuckles, which allow this short-wheeled chassis to maintain some serious angle.

Here is the ever so famous Bride AE86 heading back to the pits driven by Kuniaki.

As Kuniaki and Fumihiko came to the track together I managed to snap off a few different angles of their crazy poses in front of their transporter, so here is one last final image of the boys.

-Casey Dhnaram.

K-Tours 2011

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1

Front wheels are ssr professors not work professor meisters lol

2

cool car! .. those keihin fcr 41s come with those awsome shiny blue velocity stacks and ssr never made 14x7 - 24 long champs.. i also think from a drivers point of view that engine bay is damm sexyy!! .. built 16v with keihin fcr 41 mmm ;D

3

First: Wallpaper anyone?

And why is there no rollcage, i would say this hachi has plenty of track time, so it would be better to have one, in my opinion.

4

wicked.. i like this car it looks functional and purposeful, although i'm surprised how grubby it looks inside - i suppose it can't look fresh considering what it does! - looks like those guys had fun - thanks for the photo's

5

15x8 Work Professor Meisters ? ssrxworks??

6

oh its carbureted?

7

Great photos and captions! That is a glorious example of a purposefully driven AE86.

8

Wait What ??

Work Professor Meisters



aren´t they simple SSR Professors

9

love it! the color scheme and different wheels comes all together nicely

10

Why is the oil cap on the right cam cover? Oh, I see what you did there...

11

one might still be in existence in east malaysia. it's a coupe like this one with bride livery but i don't know if its genuine.

12

Bride liveries and the passanger seat isn't even from Bride?!

Still loving it though!

13

Kehin CR Slide carbs of a motorbike, thats where its at.

14

Two of them still exist then.One of them being Denis Healy's Nexen tire Prodrift car. It was previously the green bride car. http://www.manic-motorz.com/forum/showthread.php?19099-Prodrift-Irish-Series-Round-3-Report

15

Those are bike carbs, no? More infoz

16

Have loved this thing for many years.. MEGA JELLY!!!

17

Nice article, but someone please call the grammar police. I know it sounds nitpicky, but I expect better from a blog of this caliber.

18

Is it me or is that 4AGE running on a 4 carb set-up?

19

@corolla86sc I thought those were carbies, thanks man

20

I love the Bride livery, so simple yet so iconic. If Speedhunters ever gets a chance, I'd love to see a driver spotlight with Izumida Yuuki; he once had a sileighty with Bride livery that I absolutely loved.

21

thank god no speedhunters sticker on this AE

22

I love that tow truck!

23

i WANT THAT SEAT

24

love the fact that a car sponsored by bride has a stock passenger seat.

25

speed hunters needs someone that knows oldschool cars when they make thier articles. wiht how big this site is you think they would have their facts right -_-. none the less cool fotos

26

i wouldn't say it had a full origin kit...there's no rear bumper!!! hahaha.

27

take pictures of the car on the very top of the tow truck

28

I love the AE86's. Classic drifting machines.

29

I think a video roll of these iconic cars is in order!

30

Is it just me. Or is it really weird that a rear wheel driver car have a small size wheel in the back. WTH!!!

Horrible post.

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