How it was: Bugeye Heritage [Japan]
For the 100th post thought this would be fitting: Came across a cache of old photos of circa-2001 bugeye demo cars from various Japanese tuner shops. Really interesting to see the way modifying cars has changed in a short matter of time. Large body kits are generally out on the average car (at least in this country and unless a ton of other mods to go with/because showcar), with most people preferring subtle lip kits or just wheels, and nothing else (because economy), and most tuner shops putting out stuff mostly for the GT-R rather than WRX’s or cheaper cars (because replicas).
I’ll update this post as I come across more old pics : D
JUN’s more subtle white bugeye demo car, alongside the famed “top speed run” 192-mph JUN GC8
JUN’s slightly less subtle Super Lemon GDB time attack bugeye
Gram Lights’ Super Taikyu Endurance Series racing bugeye
Prova / Eifel Super Taikyu endurance series demo car
Prova demo bugeye
Syms white bugeye demo car (featuring Syms full bumper kit)
Syms yellow bugeye demo car (featuring Syms lip kit, and extremely rare Syms 6-spoke wheels)
STI’s own demo car
Unknown bugeye wagon from Tokyo Auto Salon 2002. What appears to be (except *all carbon fiber*): Sedan rear lip, side skirt, strake, Sedan front lip, and unknown (possibly universal) front/rear fender flares. Unknown front bumper vent. Advan Racing RG wheels.
Prodrive Japan demo bugeye STI-Prodrive
Zerosports prototype type attack car with inverted FMIC core. Advan Racing RCII wheels and Zerosports full bodykit.
Zerosports demo bugeye featuring Zerosports lip kit.
Varis demo car with Varis bodykit
CWest demo car with CWest version 2 kit
Mines demo car
5Zigen bugeye demo car. Started life in Japan, did some moonlighting in California, last I heard it was sold to someone in the
U.K. New Zealand – thanks Jared (as many J-spec cars eventually are)
Cusco JGTC GT300 Bugeye
Late arrivals . . .
The extremely elusive RAYS G-Games WRX. Appeared on the scene a few years after the others when the G-Games wheel lineup was first released by RAYS in ~2003-04. Featured a two-tone paintjob, Gram Light 77Wolf wheels, Project Mu brakes, full Gram-Lights bodykit, and an unknown asymmetrically vented carbon fiber hood.
Images of this car are and were scarce to come across – I think these are the only 3 I’ve even ever seen. If you have any LMK!
There was also a matching JDM DC5 Integra Type R (RSX) with two tone paint and G-Games built for Tokyo Auto Salon by Top Secret Japan (pictured at right here…). Unknown if this Bugeye was also TS built.
Another late comer, the Mature bugeye demo/race car, featuring Mature aero kit and widebody. Mature only released their Subaru lineup in the past few years – but fortunately included a kit for the Bugeye in the lineup.
I think some of these pics earlier on are Nasioc coverage of Tokyo Auto Salon ’01 so credit where credit is due
Update: Apr. 2
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