Nissan Z, Toyota GR 86, and Subaru BRZ Builds at 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon

With so much hype surrounding the long-awaited Nissan Z and the expected new generation Toyota GR86/Subaru BRZ, it was a given that both would make a strong showing for the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon. Both models carry quite a bit of history for their respective automakers and, in previous forms, both have relished in substantial aftermarket attention.

The new models should be no different with enthusiasts clamoring for more options to choose from and the fading cries for manual transmissions still a major selling point for these sporty offerings. We found some interesting Z and 86 models sporting new aero, wheels, suspension, and more, and we gathered them up for a gallery found below.

In the Nissan booth sat this very new, very orange Z with a retro touch. Dubbed the “Nissan Fairlady Z Customized Proto,” its purpose was to gauge how much interest there would be from Z fans for future accessories. And what better platform than the aftermarket-driven Tokyo Auto Salon?

At a glance, the black graphic that runs along the flanks flows well with the blacked out roof and side mirrors. It also, plays into the black eight-spoke wheels that look to have a more aggressive offset than the Z Proto, and Dunlop Sport Maxx tires with more aggressive sidewalls.

The nicely matched wheels sit under extended, color-matches arches that look well-executed, as both front and rear flow nicely with the muscular physique of the new Z. Atop the rear of the hatch is throwback-style wing adorned with the Fairlady Z logo, while down below, the dual exhaust exits have been sliced down the middle, creating four half-circles as exhaust exits.

The front of this design exercise might be the best part of the whole package. Where many fans voiced their displeasure with the modern Z front end, we think this version might change their minds. The blunt, flat front bumper gets a bold body-colored line to separate the upper and lower grill. In addition, as you look further down, the bumper’s shape makes a more dramatic cut inward near the lower grill, and then back out to form a more pronounced lower fascia. Just below the additional material is a carbon fiber splitter that peeks from either end of the bumper.

From the front, this orange Fairlady looks like a classic 240Z with widened fenders that support traditional fender mirrors. Take a few steps to the side, however, and you realize that’s not the car’s native front end. While this isn’t a new Z, it’s built in the same spirit in terms of Nissan’s sampling of the older models to create a modern version of the long-running sports car.

What started as a 370Z was heavily modified to incorporate a ’70s-era Fairlady front and rear end. Note the 240Z taillights, accompanied by a chrome bumper and a hatch wing to complete the look. Along the sides of the car a strip of black was added along with the “340Z” logo, matched by a badge on the rear wing. The build was executed by a group of students from the Nissan Automobile Technical College and threw off many onlookers who had to take a second glance to realize the mash up effort.

Starting with the 2022 season, this Nissan Z GT500 will compete in the Super GT Series. Like its predecessor R35, the new Z will be powered by a turbocharged I-4 with a six-speed sequential transmission with power output limited to 650 hp, as the series rules dictate. The previous GT-R competed in the series since 2008, when it took over for the 350Z.

Draped in a super dry matte black with exposed raw carbon fiber touches, the new race car certainly looks the part. Massive fenders, GT-style side mirrors, deep hood vents, and a purposeful rear wing drive the point home. Expect to see this menacing new Z in action this April.

Kuhl Racing displayed this matte blue BRZ and GR86 combo, both of which are fitted with the group’s Verz-Wheel brand rollers.

The GR86 uses slightly extended fenders, the rear of which connect to a pair of boxy bumper extensions that lead to a color-matched bumper diffuser.

Varis showed off this white BRZ on gunmetal Advan GT tucked under flared fenders. A carbon fiber wing livens up the somewhat mundane rear.

Look a little closer and you’ll spot Varis’ large carbon fiber pattern used on the inside portion of the bumper diffuser that sits just below the HKS exhaust.

Built by apr Racing, this GR86 GT300 race car is ready for battle and will be handled by GT300 newcomers SHADE Racing for the 2022 season.

The new machine will be powered by the same Toyota V-8 that you’ll find inside the apr Racing-built GR Sport Prius PHV, GR Supra GT300, and Lexus RC F GT3.

Back in October we showed you what the new Rocket Bunny GR86 would look like with a digital rendering, and, in the flesh, it looks exactly as Kei Muira promised.

The controversial boxy, squared fender look that accompanied the GR Yaris kit continues with the 86.

This version, built by Daigo Saito, who also displayed a NASCAR-spec, V-8 engine-swapped Skyline at the show, features a single-turbo 2JZ-GTE swap and is set up for drift competition.

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