The new Rocket Bunny Boss kit that turns unsuspecting FDs into some kind of Mazda centaur with an RX-3 head on an RX-7 body was, um, polarizing. It’s not the first new cars have been faceswapped with older fronts — as you can see from the above pair from last year’s SEMA show — and it probably won’t be the last. What’s next, an AE86 nose for your Toyota 86? A Civic CVCC mask for your NSX? A Debonair clip for your Evo? The possibilities are endless.
What nostalgic-new body kit will be next?
Bonus points if you Photoshop it! What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s the most interesting JNC throwback design cue?”
The winner this week is returning champion ahja, who made a great observation about not a specific detail on the Toyota S-FR, but its overall spirit.
Unlike almost all retro designs, the SFR evokes the Sports 800 without actually looking like a poorly executed re-release. It doesn’t attempt to mimic the 800 with details like the headlights and taillights (the cheapest and most common technique with “retro” designs), but instead the overall feel and anime-like proportions. Small wheels, narrow, upright, and cute. And again, unlike most “retro” designs, it is actually basically true to its inspiration. Fiat 500s and Minis are marketed as luxury compacts. What a joke. Beetles are behemoths and drive the wrong wheels and aren’t very robust. And all these and most other “retro” designs, including the V8 American pony/muscle car reissues just look like fake plastic bullshit that tries too hard to ape an iconic design and just gets it wrong. The SFR would be a light, *minimal* FR 2-seater that doesn’t attempt to overly replicate the styling details of the Sports 800 but instead the overall picture.
I think if SFR actually can go on sale for under $15k (somewhere I saw a rumor for $12k? …yeah right?) it may be even more impactful than the NA Miata was in overthrowing the recurring “cheap sports cars are dead” sentiment that plagues the automotive world.
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