In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Japanese cars were at the top of their game. Supras and NSXs were winning Car and Driver comparisons while tuners were extracting crazy horsepower numbers. However, this was also the golden age of Japanese boutique tuners.
We still remember buying custom car magazines with modified Mitsubishis or Toyotas on the cover. Neon underbody lights, crazy body kits, and Lambo doors were the golden standards. Of course, that style of tuning is now considered ugly, with the exception maybe of VeilSide.
While the Japanese company was quite successful with the Mk4 Supra, it’s best remembered due to a Mazda. That’s right; we’re talking about the RX-7 FD with a VeilSide widebody that was featured in Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift. In fact, it’s the only good thing to come out of that movie.
With its bright orange paint and deep side indentations, it’s almost as famous as the RX-7 itself. And while VeilSide’s kit for this Supra won’t get that level of notoriety, it perfectly reflects that era of custom car mods.
The prototype they’ve prepared for the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon has a distinctive nose design. Sharper lines go from the front of the car to the windshield, a bit like the F1-inspired Mercedes SLR. Meanwhile, the fenders have been flared out in an organic way.
The god of all front vents and a hood designed to extract heat from the engine don’t seem out of place. The kit also extends to the back end, where you can easily spot fender flares and a ducktail spoiler. To top it all off, deep alloy wheels have been installed, resembling those of the famous RX-7 we mentioned.
Will this catch on? Probably not. The new VeilSide Supra isn’t going to get a movie role, and there’s a variety of other body kits available. But you won’t forget this in a hurry either.