The worlds in which we inhabit on the internet are largely Star Wars compactor-esque rooms of filth that crush you to death if the garbage monsters don’t get you first. There are small oasis of joy, though, and few are more joyful than this tour of a Japanese tuner car lot filled with vehicles of astounding design.
In our first installment on the 2017 Motor Fan Festa, I took you through one of Japan’s newest and most enticing car events held each year at Fuji Speedway. It’s also host to one of the biggest meets in the world for cars built by famous tuner company Liberty Walk. Before I talk about that, I want to talk about Dank.
“Two-jay-zee engine, no shit... This will decimate all,” Jesse said in the original Fast and Furious movie after criticizing the hideous junkyard-grade Toyota Supra that was just towed into the shop. In the hands of the right tuners, decimation is what the Supra was all about. Understanding why requires us to look at…
Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Durango is claimed to have been once owned by Twisted Sister’s lead singer. Let’s see if that fact makes this custom sport utility’s price rock your world.
An OG Acura NSX is always exciting. A modified NSX is intriguing. An NSX with an engine swap, custom colors and a freaking supercharger seems like tuner heaven. This NSX doesn’t feel like the modified Hondas I grew up with, though. It’s an old car, but it’s repping a new way to be for import tuners.
Steve Saleen really likes his name. How else could you explain all its instances over today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Explorer XP8? Let’s see if this rare SUV comes with a price worth signing your name on the pink.
For all the hype heaped on 2017 BMW M2 at its launch, the car sure has flared some nostrils since. “Garbage gearbox,” my colleague said. “Too fast,” another test pilot told me. “The damn diff keeps exploding,” an owner confided. I had a different experience with the M2. Then again, this one was a monster on a tight…
The BMW M2 seems like a quintessential Jalopnik dream car. Small footprint, front-engine, rear-wheel drive. Why mess with the thing? Well, the tuners at Dinan have already figured out how to squeeze almost 100 more horsepower out of it. Think that’s enough to silence all complaints about the littlest M car?
What happens when you put a 1,000 horsepower twin-turbo Lexus V8 in a 1971 Toyota Celica, with GT-R all-wheel drive? You tear my brain in half. Also you top 190 mph in a 1,000-meter sprint.
You already know the Audi R8 is a mighty supercar. Now saddle it with $40,000 worth of performance parts and you’ve got something else altogether: The Alpha 10. And it’s entirely too easy to terrorize the streets of Los Angeles—and yourself—in it.
SEMA is mostly bro trucks and sad sack automaker cash-ins, but there are still some genuinely wonderful things that come to Vegas. For instance: this water-cooled Porsche 997 kitted out to look like a legendary slant-nose from the 911's air-cooled days.
Hello there. Cars. You like them. You like to see them. You like to hear them. Perhaps this BMW M6 drift car, complete with a wailing V10 engine, might be relevant to your interests.
The owner of this STI engine-swapped Subaru Forester doesn’t have the use of his legs, but he still hustles his car around canyons and track days. Watch him explain how it’s done, and see well-practiced car reviewer Matt Farah give the hand controls a shot for the first time.
The third-generation Toyota Supra is not a particularly beloved car, especially with an automatic transmission. Anyway, here’s one doing 196 mph.
Custom car shop Vitesse AuDessus and an outfit called Bengala Automotive are now making carbon fiber body kits for the current Rolls-Royce lineup. Every bolt-on body part is remade from a “compressed carbon matrix,” anything else gets a stick-on. The company is also claiming the first “forged carbon fiber wheels.”
A few months ago, Akira Nakai-san was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania building the latest Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche for Porsche enthusiast, Ben Harmony. The newest addition to the fleet, known as “Prince”, took a surprising two days to finish (he typically completes builds in three) and was the first Porsche to receive…
It was a good day for an apocalypse.