Tokyo Auto Salon 2023: It All Starts Here

It’s Tokyo Auto Salon time again! Japan’s biggest tuning show will soon open its doors to the world, but as we have done for many years now, I always like to bring you a little sneak peek from Thursday’s setup.

Watching this show come together is always exciting, and from what I saw of the demo cars being unloaded and booths being put together, TAS 2023 is going to be a special one. This is the first Tokyo Auto Salon event since 2020 with international guests properly welcomed back, and it’s obvious that every company with something on display has pulled out all the stops to mark the occasion.


As expected, the new Nissan Z is everywhere. I must have walked past at least a few dozen examples, all exhibiting their own unique flavor.


With this in mind, we’ll have a special post dedicated to the RZ34 to show you just how many of them turned out. Anyone like to take a wild guess at that number?


The GR86 also continues to be a popular tuner base for TAS exhibitors. That’s not at all surprisingly; the rear-wheel drive Toyota coupe is good-looking, fun and affordable.


Wataru Kato’s single-handed attempt to steal the TAS limelight continues in 2023. At 2:00pm local time, his Liberty Walk wide-body Ferrari F40 will be unveiled to the world. Will people like seeing such an icon be put under the knife? Will Ferrari be faxing cease and desist letters to Kato-san’s office? Only time will tell; there’s just a few hours to go now.

Kato didn’t stop at the F40. Here’s another special LBW Ferrari build, this one based on a F355 Challenge.


Of all the exhibitors at TAS 2023, I’m pretty sure none have brought along more cars than Liberty Walk. I think I counted 22, but I could have missed a couple. There’s definitely no shortage of variety either.


Having seen this creation being prepped for display, we’ll also be sure to stop by the NATS booth and take a look at what the students have been busy with. I always love seeing what this automotive college comes up with their builds. Imagination is truly left to run wild with these guys.


Vans of all shapes and sizes are a big part of Tokyo Auto Salon, and with a camping boom going on right now in Japan there are some pretty interesting ways these things are being customized.


As always at TAS, surprises are around every corner, ready to be spotted and properly hunted.

Going off what I saw on Thursday, there’s a lot of carbon fiber and a few hybrid vehicles making a statement, too. Did I mention the exotics?


With all that said, there’s also a sad angle to this year’s show, as Ken Block was scheduled to attend Tokyo Auto Salon with the Hoonitron. Watching the Audi being unloaded at the Toyo Tires booth and knowing that Ken is not with us anymore was a poignant moment. 2023 is a year us car folk will never forget; legends are never forgotten after all.


As a whole, Tokyo Auto Salon 2023 is looking simply amazing. And with the biggest team we’ve ever had at this event now descending on the Makuhari Messe, you can expect plenty of show coverage in the coming hours and days, both here and on Speedhunters’ Instagram feed. Brace yourselves – TAS madness is imminent!

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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TAS in on the bucket list for sure! I finally saw the RZ34 in person and was glad she looked better in the metal. Who knows how an LW F40 will be received. It's not like they took the exact car that finished 6th in class at Le Mans and chopped it up. Can still understand why some would get upset that an icon had some serious surgery. At the end of the day, it's your car, and you can do what you want with it. The van was a flashback - thank you! Let the floodgates of content open! Thanks Dino!


I'm gonna guess porsche brought the cayman with the revolutionary flax fiber fenders.
I swear they will take off insanely fast in aftermarket, especially "contact" racing sports with regular body damage like rally and drifting.
Realistically I just want flax fiber to get cheaper, because it looks so damn cool to me. Very function over form, somehow very good looking to me

Even though that F8 tributo looks like p!ss, I think that's a very creative design to make. Obviously copying an f40, just not too gracefully.


Anybody else seen the unfinished LBWK F40?
From what I'm lookin at, I don't think it's gonna look any better when complete


he built it for himself, not you. Your comments don't matter to him.


what do you know, I was right. Just got released and there's literally one person who liked it in the TAS article with the F40 headline


Please tell me there are more pics of the green FC that's in the picture with the blue GR86....


About time been waiting for this can't wait to see the cars here at TAS 2023

Christopher McElligott

The Cayman in the lead photo is beautiful.


agree. Check out those flax fenders. The future of lightweight car modding