Vip Cruiser: Bee Dragon Grs181 Crown Athlete | Speedhunters

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Vip Cruiser: Bee Dragon Grs181 Athlete

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a lot of things in Japan, VIP style makes little or no sense to the observer. But much like the culture of the country from it originates from, bippu is hardly for everyone. It has no real when applied to a car; it improve its performance, its handling nor it make it more comfortable. to crazy kaido racers it represents the furthest extreme of the “function vs form” debate. Yet it to grow in popularity and has found interpretations in other countries But why? Why would people their cars close to

I have given up attempting to it to those that don’t get it, hard to justify something out of you either get it or you don’t. A VIP car, witnessed up close on the streets of simply makes sense. It may absolutely stupid, but at the same it’s just too cool.

Back when I visited at Bee Dragon a few months ago, he was enough to invite a couple of his along to his shop in Gifu-ken, of the two most extreme cars he has created – on top of his wild Infiniti Q45 of One was this candy red GRS181 Crown Athlete – a car that in people’s opinion perfectly the more modern take on VIP

…a mix of the old way of doing things, but with a “sporty” approach. Imamura is quite the innovator in the scene, he has bippu  style evolve but true to its essence which of is to make a statement, to be seen and get a from people.

In the pursuit of the ultimate aggressive most of his cars feature yet smoothly widened fenders…

to contain the wild offset of the This Athlete is no different; it on 20-year old Intensive Hanku split rims, the centers coated in a shade of dark the lips of course polished. measure 10.5Jx18″ at the front, a -12 offset, while the rears are -20. Toyo T1Rs are at each corner, or should I say 225/45ZR18 up front and 275/35ZR18 on the

The K-Break Kai adjustable suspension the car ride extremely low…

to make it sit just right, had to fit some of his special adjustable arms.

The result is shorudazura or when the edge of the fender right up against the sidewall – or ( shoruda when pronounced in – of the tire.

While the rear sports pretty extreme fitment…

front tires are given a more space to breathe, or rather. Following this car the streets of Gifu it became obvious that there are no when you go full out and do the VIP thing The car bounces around, tramlines with plenty of rubbing and noises as the driver tries to “dangerous” obstacles like covers. You either embrace it or you – there is no in-between, especially if you to do things the Bee Dragon way.

The wears a full K-Break aero treatment comprising of a bumper, side skirts…

rear bumper kit, all to fit around the custom Bee Dragon that just like on all that Imamura builds, are fabricated out of steel, not FRP.

Coolest detail had to be the dry-carbon tail pipes, again to the sporty appearance of the conversion.

The of the car chose a factory Nissan candy red color, a hue that have made VIP guys in the early nineties cringe, but that now is very much

Another small detail was the rear lip spoiler, like the shaped out of steel and welded the trunk and sides of the rear.

The didn’t even want to the hood as the 3GR 3L V6 that powers the car is standard, aside from the loud Bee Dragon straight and unsilenced exhaust system, a on any self-respecting bippu ride! The was also pretty much all aside from small add on like A/C vent-mounted passenger-side cup

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…and custom check-pattern

Viewed in its natural habitat…

…on the of Japan this Crown can actually make sense. If VIP is all showing off and making a statement something like this more than help you those goals. It’s as part of Japan as an ice-cold of shochu and side plate of it can only be appreciated it by those get it.

And guess what. The other that showed up was pretty too, but you will have to a little longer to see it in all its low-riding

So what do you guys think of VIP

Engine . Bee Dragon straight exhaust system, carbon tail pipes

Suspension . Kai adjustable suspension kit, Bee adjustable arms

Wheels Intensive Hanku wheels, -12 (front), 12Jx18″ -20 (rear), Proxes T1R 225/45/ZR18 (front), (rear)

Exterior . K-Break Platinum kit, Bee Dragon custom Bee Dragon custom smoothing, Bee custom trunk spoiler, Cube candy red

Interior . floor mats, A/C cup holders

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