Honda may be focusing its attention on the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but it appears the automaker is preparing an array of cars for another show on the other side of the globe. The 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon -- roughly Japan’s equivalent of our SEMA show -- kicks off this weekend, and Honda’s bringing a handful of customized vehicles, including a tuned CR-Z, to the venue.
That CR-Z is officially dubbed the TS-1X prototype, and is reportedly the handiwork of Honda’s Access accessory division. Although no finite details on the car are given, Honda says the vehicle demonstrates what owners can do to their CR-Z using accessory parts offered directly through dealers (at least those in Japan). From what we can tell, the small three-door hybrid receives a number of cosmetic modifications, including new bumper fascias, a modified asymmetrical grille insert, new wheels, painted brake calipers, a large rear wing, and matte black paint from head to toe.
Perhaps the fastest vehicle on Honda’s display stand is the company’s HSV-010 GT race car, which evolved from the stillborn attempt to create a new successor to the legendary NSX sports car. Ironically, the last NSX continues to play a part in Honda’s display plans, as a NSX fitted with numerous accessories -- dubbed the NSX Sport Modulo -- will also be unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
Also making their way to Honda’s display are the FN09 race car from the Formula Nippon series, the company’s Indy Japan 300 mascot car, and the RC212V motorcycle, which competes in the MotoGP series. Predictably, other vehicles -- like a new Fit Hybrid -- will also be shown with a range of dealer-installed accessories and performance parts.
For those who actually have the means to attend the show, the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon opens its doors this Friday, January 14, and runs through Sunday, January 16.