Soon to be revealed cars are listed in the OP.
At 1964, one of the sportiest cars in the 60s were born. With the Kansai having a facelift for the 1964 model year, TSR CEO, Tomoyaki Takashiro build a sportier version of their 2nd generation Kansai, the GTS. It has no compromises except for the luxurious interior. Today, the GTS is the most sought after Kansai in the history. It is able to do 0.97g’s on the skidpad making it one of the sportiest cars in the 60s. For people, it’s worth millions. For TSR, it’s priceless since all their passion and soul injected to this beautiful car.
-The 1964 TSR Kansai GTS shown in Gloss Black circa 1964
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A real beauty, no question about it!
I’m a sucker for 60s sports cars so a bit of a shame that there’s not much room in my company lore for those.
In the 70s…
In the early 70s, Kansai’s are selling relatively well although desirability is lower than in the 60s. At that time, TSR wanted to have more diversity to their line-up. They created the Kansai Roadster. It’s just basically the convertible version of the Kansai’s. Still, no one buys those… But, the luxor trim is still suprisingly desirable even in the roadster form.
-TSR Kansai GTS Roadster circa 1970
At 1975, TSR introduced the Kansai GTS Phase 2 to the world. At the same time as the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Kansai GTS Phase 2 also has a turbo. The changes for the phase 2 are, obviously a turbo, lowered suspension, a wing, wider front tires, slightly wider front fenders, new front and rear bumper, a luxury 8 track radio, advanced 70s safety, 2 pistons front brake calipers and new gas mono-tube dampers which adds up to a heavier but more advanced, faster, sportier and a more reliable (what a surprise!) Kansai. The Roadster variant was also available at that time. The GTS Kansai Phase 2 was TSR’s way to celebrate their 15th anniversary since their 1st model year of the 2nd generation Kansai, 1960 and their 20th anniversary since the 1st generation Kansai.
-TSR Kansai GTS Phase 2 circa 1975
1980 was the last model year for the 2nd generation Kansai as these were not selling well in the 70s. Most of those were caused by the 70s fuel crisis and little desirability. So, the the last thing TSR needed to do was to release a limited edition Kansai dubbed the ‘limited’. Buyers are free to choose which colours they want with an option of a different colour on their hood which also affects the colour of the rear bumper partially, front bumper, fuel cap, and more. It basically has some of the phase 2 GTS parts shared except the engine. The engine was still the same one from the facelifted Luxor and GTS, the LE6-32BA.
-TSR Kansai Limited
The last car to roll out of the production line was in 25 September 1980. As for the sports car range, the Ultra will fill that missing gap left from the Kansai. The Kansai will have its 3rd generation in the early 2000s. Until then, the Kansai is dead…
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Curious about the gen 1 Kazuma, which year did the production start?
Production starts at 2004. Any other questions? I would be happy to answer them.
Not really, was looking for a similar car for a review but it has to be a 1999 model…
Once a partnership with Keika…
TSR co-founder, Ryo Eishi, was a best friend of Daniel Chase. Well, they had a partnership. The purpose is for cost-cutting and to increase reliability. After that, they created another Ultra. Not just any Ultra, the GTX. The car was eqquiped with revised suspension, a more powerful engine, a double-layered wing, a new body-kit and Watanabe RS rims. This version is only available for the US as the Ultra will leave the US market in January 1974. Even then, this car is still kinda well-known.
A perfect example of a 1973 TSR Ultra GTX.
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Keika is up for sale
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TSR will be opening a vote for the engine in the 5th generation TSR Kansai. Please vote below…
- Turbocharged V6
- Turbocharged I6
- NA V8
- Turbocharged V8
Turbos, turbos, turbos in the fuel crisis. TSR still tries to sell their turbocharged cars. Again, TSR asked Keika for help in terms of price and reliability. And, this is the result, the TSR Kansai GTR.
The 1979 TSR Kansai GTR circa 1979
Although there is a slight increase on power over the GTS Phase 2, there are way more mechanical changes. For example, the carburetor was changed to a mechanical fuel injection, it now uses a 91 RON regular unleaded fuel, a new body kit, a Porsche 911 Turbo (964) inspired rims made of magnesium, sports interior, 2 seats, improved fuel economy and improved reliability. Suspension tuning was also made. With insane amout of camber on the front and very stiff sway-bars at the back, this puppy can do 1.07g on a 20m radius skidpad and 1.09g on a 200m radius skidpad. The GTS Phase 2 rides very harsh, mostly due to the insanely stiff suspension, TSR soften the GTR’s rear suspension which also helps a lot with comfort. People named this the Japanese muscle car, but loves cornering. Although it is not as reliable as the Ultra, the Kansai GTR is still considered a very reliable early turbo cars at its time. Only 300 were ever made…
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Another vote for the 5th generation Kansai…
Should we stay hydraulic variable steering or change to electric variable steering?
- Hydraulic Variable Steering
- Electric Variable Steering
From Road to Rally to Road…
From 1980 (the end of the 2nd generation Kansai’s production) to 1981, TSR had nothing to sell. No cars, no anything… Instead, TSR took a hiatus for those 2 years. At 1982, TSR rose again, but only for rallying. More specifically, Group B. They took the chance to design a car. The result, the TSR Omega… An AWD rally hatchback.
1982 TSR Omega RS
They used a brand-new turbocharged inline 4. The motor was very unreliable even back then… And then, it was longitudinal-mounted, in a hatchback?! Pretty weird… It was one of the underrated Group B cars. It was never competitive. The rules said that if you want to update your rally cars, you need to make an evolution version and so they did! So in 1984, when the Omega got an update, the RS evolution.
1984 TSR Omega RS Evolution
It was more powerful, sportier and more importantly, it made more power in the rally-spec. More specifically, 546HP. It was quite competitive at first but soon, competition was on another level. TSR was now consistently getting 4th and 5th and soon faded away. And so, the spirit of the Omega was gone. But the spirit of rallying was not gone.
TSR took the spirit of rallying and lighten it up to a new car. It was called the project RX (Rally Experiment) or more specifically, the TSR Angel. The first generation was known as the wobbles as it looks very wobbly and round, maybe… This time, they took the engine from the Omega and tweaked it even more. More power and more fuel economy. The result, was this, the Angel S.
1985 TSR Angel S
It was a very good and fun car. It was very appealing to the market. A turbocharged engine and AWD as standard made it very tempting for buyers. TSR lost a lot of money for making the Omega, but gained some money from the sales of the Angel. As the name suggest, it was the Angel who saved TSR from getting bankrupt. Even with its low reliability, people seemed to enjoy it. It was a massive. A sportier option was this, the RS. It was fitted with 17 inch alloy wheels, a new body kit, sport compoud tires and a more powerful, but thirstier engine. It was a big hit.
1985 TSR Angel RS
Some say the 3rd generation Kansai exterior was inspired by the 1st generation Angel. But one things for sure, both names (Kansai and Angel) were very important cars in TSR’s history.
A new mid-engine car was in the works. Everyone expected it to be the Ultra. But it turns out to be the TSR Tora. Built for the Group S rally, unfortunately it was cancelled. Despite that, TSR still sold the Tora. They sold 60 of them total. 50 of them are the Touring and 10 of them are the RS. Both incredible vehicle. They also developed an all-new turbocharged inline 4 engine that had more fuel economy and more durability. The Touring was affordable, the RS was more expensive, but better. You see, the Touring has a basic radio, basic safety, hydraulic power steering and rear-wheel drive only. The RS has a standard radio taken from the Angel, standard safety, variable hydraulic power steering and all-wheel drive. That’s right, mid-engine AWD sports car. It was very advanced at its time.
1987 TSR Tora Touring
1987 TSR Tora RS
But they weren’t sold in the US because it didn’t pass regulations all though that would be easily changed. TSR certified importers actually made the Tora US legal. Only 15 Tora Touring were imported to the US. The TSR Import Certification were needed because somebody tried to import a Tora into the US and the car was illegal. They crushed it. The TSRIC (TSR Import Certification) allowed the importers to be given specialized parts to make it legal in both Europe and the US. The cars need to go through the TSR Importing Station like all other usual models. The Tora was given special caring. They gave it a special bumper and lights and increase the safety of the car. They’ve also added ABS. This was the result…
One of the 15 TSR Touring in the US. Also, pay attention to the changes in the bumper and the lights!
Then it was double checked. Then, when given the green light, the car was put to a ship and arrive at the TSR port in California where they dismantled the cars and brought it to either the TSR dealership or the importer’s dealership. The Touring was allowed for importing but the RS was not. TSR did not allow it as it is extremely rare and can’t be guaranteed to be legal if there are many mistakes.
Fun fact!: TSR made 50 TSR Tora’s as kit cars for schools that teach mechanical engineering. Students have their own extra-curriculum (if they want) of making the TSR Tora Kit Car. The chassis was a space-frame chassis with all the hardware, tools and mountings ready. And also, the US-legal parts.
TSR Tora (TRMK1) - RS.car (28.1 KB)
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AWD 2nd Generation Kansai?!
You may not expect it, but here we are. After the introduction of the Tora, one of the engineer thought of the Kansai and we quote: “Why not have an AWD Kansai?” TSR haven’t have a new chassis to work on. But, some people still demand the 2nd generation Kansai. So, they revive the 2nd generation Kansai. Originally the Kansai was only made for RWD. They haven’t thought of putting AWD on it. If they want to put a front-differential, they need to put the engine forward. So, they instead put the turbocharged 2.5 litre inline-4 from the Tora and put it to the Kansai. Therefore, the front-diff fits. They gave it 17-inch steelies from the Angel. The result was this, the Kansai RS.
A 1987 TSR Kansai RS
Gone were the 60s taillights and enter in a new era where the back looks so much more modern and aggressive.
Modern and blends in well in the 60s body.
This was just a limited model and only 100 were made. It was the only 2nd generation Kansai on sale in 1987.
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TSR to cancel all their SUV and crossover models
Sales for the Raider and XCross have gone horribly wrong. Sales go as low as 2 sold per month. 2019 model years are cancelled. Orders are getting cancelled. TSR’s founder, Tomoyaki Takashiro said that it’ll ruin their brand image if they continue to sell cars like these. If they’re continuing building cars like these, the future of TSR might be threatening. Buyers are even encouraged to buy other models instead of the Raider and XCross like the Itakara and Kogarashi and more.
I’m sorry if my somewhat appalling review of the XCross did hurt your sales that much…
No not really. The XCross was something I built without passion. It was ugly sure. But It’s there to fill the crossover market. But then again, I don’t like crossovers…
Crossovers are the biggest market and growing. Better put some passion into it for the sale
The Forgotten Predecessor before the 2nd Generation Ultra
The 2nd Generation Ultra was quite successful. But what made it so good? Well, all the technological marvel comes from the first TSR to use a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis with all pushrod suspension was the 2nd generation TSR Tora. The 90s is when TSR are experimenting. The first experiment was this, the 2nd generation TSR Tora. It uses fibreglass panels, carbon-fibre chassis and pushrod suspension in the front and back. It was revealled in 1992.
The 1992 TSR Tora Touring
The Touring only produces 310HP using a 3.2 litre V6. But then the Touring got cancelled and was changed to the RS which was released at the same year. The RS produces 501HP which was a massive jump from the 310HP from the Touring. It was fitted with a new body-kit and a wing.
The 1992 TSR Tora RS
In 1993, the most powerful TSR Tora was born, the RSR. It produces 657HP. It can do 1.20g of lateral grip making it a track monster. Everything technical about this car shouts “Track Car!”. And, it still uses a 3.2 litre V6.
The 1993 TSR Tora RSR
It would set the benchmark of what would be the 2nd generation Ultra. If the Tora can do it, why can’t the Ultra do it?
TSR trying luxury in 80s…
In the late 1985, the 1st generation Fallwing was born. Because they lost all their money from the project Omega, they used a semi trailing arm suspension to save money. They also used the same engine that was in the 2nd generation Kansai, the LE6 series (Inline-6). They converted it to a fuel injection system.
The base model of the 1st generation Fallwing.
At 1987, there was a facelift. They replaced the old LE6 with a brand new Inline 6 called the BE6. It also gave birth to two trims, the Turbo and the Turbo S. Both of those were rear wheel drive. Suprisingly, they have a lot of grip.
TSR Fallwing Facelift Turbo S
You can differentiate the facelift model with the pre-facelift model by it’s headlight and front bumper. Of course, other Fallwings except the Turbo and Turbo S didn’t come with a lip.
Running in the 90s…
In 1990, the Angel got a facelift. This time, they changed the engine from the old project Omega’s engine (The X4 Series) to the new engine from the 1st generation Tora (The LG4 Series). That means that the Angel is more powerful and has better fuel economy. The S is replaced with the S2 They also introduced a new trim at that time called the CS “ComSport”(Com for Comfort). It featured an automatic gearbox, chrome trimming, the removal of the wing that is replaced by a lip, new alloy wheels and a more comfortable suspension.
The 1990 TSR Angel CS
And at that time, the RS was replaced with the RS2. The RS2 featured a magnesium BBS rims, a new front bumper, a more powerful version of the LG4 series engine, and a better tuned suspension. The RS2 is the most well-known version of the Angel.
The 1990 TSR Angel RS2