Car tuning is an art. Essentially, it’s an art in the form of craftsmanship that mostly requires great engineering prowess and the ability to deliver an aesthetically dynamic product. Historically, this art can be traced as far back as the inception of cars. Therefore, from observation, the top car-producing countries in the world are often found to have the most robust car tuning cultures, and Japan happens to be one of those countries.
Japan’s significance in the automotive sphere is herculean. Asides from its huge production capabilities, the country is also replete with several amazing JDM tuning shops, and we’re beaming our spotlight on one of them — Abflug! Launched in 1989 by Masamichi Uwabo, Abflug’s repertoire of awesomely modified cars is inexhaustive, but these examples seem to have caught our attention in uniquely special ways.
GT-05 kitted Supra
Using a GT-05 kit among other modification enhancements, Abflug and Curve combined to give this Supra a look reminiscent of the Super GT competition Supras. With a nicely finished body that is adorned in carbon fiber highlights, this Supra has had its front fender further modified to allow for its doors to be opened conventionally or in a show car style.
The interior has it all, from Momo steering wheels to color-matched Recaro seats, all for one of the most amazingly modified Supras we’ve ever seen.
Here is a Toyota Supra JZA80 that has undergone the Zefi:r body conversion from Abflug. The conversion features an all-encompassing aero kit that completely alters all exterior components of the car. Also, the new space within the arches, courtesy of the wide aero kit, allows for bigger wheels.
Hence, this example sports the Wed Kranze LXZs wheel. The car also adds the conventional elements of the Zefi:r design, which is based on the front fender outlets and the rear fender intakes.
1989 Porsche 930 Turbo
A 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo, however, this car is quite significant for several reasons. One is the fact that this particular example belongs to founder and Abflug president Masamichi Uwabo. Notably, Uwabo bought the 1989 Porsche 930 a year after opening his tuning shop, with the sole aim of building a complete kit for the car, encompassing the engine, handling, stability, and aero.
The car has been in constant development for decades, culminating in this irresistible pink automotive masterpiece.
This body kit from the Japanese tuner is so underrated. For supercar enthusiasts, the Pontiac Fiero was often the choice automotive for Ferrari and Lamborghini replica body kits, but there seems to be an even more suitable car for these modifications in the Toyota MR-S.
Having a great resemblance with Porsche’s Carrera GT, this Abflug kit couldn’t have been more perfect on the car. Abflug didn’t stop there, as the MR-S’ 140 horses output has been further boosted to 190 hp using a turbocharger.
FD3S Mazda RX-7
Here, we have a modified RX-7 that’s quite significant to the Japanese performance tuning world as it was originally built as a showpiece car for the partnership between Abflug and Curve. Notably, Curve was an Abflug off-shoot where custom bodywork is fabricated for modification enthusiasts who want something more special.
And it doesn’t get more special than this Akimura-san’s all-Purple RX-7, powered by a turbocharged 13B, and given carbon fiber detailing.
Gallant R35 Nissan GT–R
While the R35 is an extreme car both in performance and aesthetics, yet, the Abflug team saw room for improvement in the car, and they exploited it. The Japanese tuning shop collaborated with European car specialist J.N. Hephaiss to turn this R35 into an automotive beast.
Called the Gallant, the car is given a redesigned front bumper with a gapping shark-like opening. Carbon fiber is generously adopted, while the guys at Pentroof helped tuned the powerplant for an improved output of 630 horses.
This is the Spiral 86, originally an FR-S/BRZ 86 which has now been fully modified by the amazing Abflug into a mean car. The modification includes a full-tilt five-piece aero kit, an HKS Hipermax suspension, rolling stock with 19-ich Abflug Prism III wheels, and the adoption of forced induction under the hood.
Furthermore, the car’s mean stance comes from its aggressive trunk spoiler and rear fascia, as well as its aggressive side skirts and front bumper treatment. Notably, PentRoof and HKS also teamed up to boost the output from 198 to 255 horsepower.
2001 Supra S900
Abflug’s kit for the Supra is amazing. A classic example is the S900 kit displayed through this 2001 Abflug Supra. The exterior modifications, courtesy of the kit, include door panel, rear spoiler, front bumper and spotlight kit, front over fender kit, and rear over fender kit.
It also incorporates door mirrors, a carbon inner fender kit, and a cooling bonnet and pin. The powerplant wasn’t left out of the modification, as the 2JZ engine is fitted with HKS T51R Kai Turbo, among other modifications.
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