When German Tuners Went East...

by HoTWire 9. February 2009 07:32

Welcome to our week dedicated to tuners, more precisely "official" tuners, those tuning houses that were specifically commissioned by car manufacturers to create special models.

When putting this week together we made a little list of tuners to consider who and what we would cover.  For a while I was stumped at what I could bring you all that would hopefully pique your interest.  I was leafing through one of my Japanese car books last night, 80's-90's cars from the RB Series if you fancy tracking it down, and two cars popped out at me which dovetailed nicely with what we are doing this week here at RSM.

Mitsubishi Debonair AMG

Lets us start this pair of oddities with a real (far) East meets West slice of luxury car goodness.  AMG started life building racing engines, in fact they still do, however they are probably best known as the official tuner for Mercedes-Benz.  Their partnership with Mitsubishi was relatively shortlived, lasting from around 1986 to the end of the 80's.  The Debonair V 3000 Royal AMG, to give its correct name, was the top of the range for the 'new' Debonair, the second generation of Debonairs released in 1986 were the first to be front wheel drive.

So what did this top of the range Debonair give you to warrant it's AMG badge, sadly it would appear not an AMG tuned engine.  In fact as far as we can tell the only changes that AMG provided were a bodykit and the alloy wheels.  Whilst the Deobnair continued to sell well within its class, the AMG did not fare so well, the price tag was high, even for the bouyant Japanese economy of the time and it would seem the AMG styling didn't set the world alight.  This made seeing one on the road in 1986 pretty rare, your chances of seeing one now?  Probably restricted to museums and the odd hardcore Debonair fanatic.

Japanese Nostalgic Car did a nice piece on this a while ago.  You can also have a look at more photos of the details from the car on this Japanese site.

Lets have a look at a slightly longer lasting partnership.

Isuzu Aska Irmscher

It would seem that being part of one of the largest car groups in the world lets you get access to some great tuning as well.  Isuzu has for a long time been part of the GM group, one of the ways it has taken advantage of this is to get Irmscher to provide tuning for some of its range, a tuner we would usually associate with Vauxhall/Opel here in the UK.  The partnership this time was much longer lasting and spanned a range of cars, including the Piazza, which also had a touch from Lotus at one point in its life time.  I chose the Aska because frankly I'd not seen one before.

The Aska is a mid size family car which in 1998 turned the Honda Accord, no I don't understand that either, however let us not think too hard on that.  What we're interested in is the first model of Aska, running from 1983 to 1989, coming in 1.5 and 2litre models the four door saloon was relatively popular.  In 1985 though Irmscher turned up and breathed upon it a bit.  It received some external styling, but unlike the AMG Debonair the tuning didn't stop there, Irmscher went on to slap a turbo on the engine to wind up the power a bit.

The car has a certain cult status in Japan, and the Aska has its own owners club.  I spotted a sticker in the back of one picture of the Aska Irmscher which said "European Spirit by Isuzu", which I think sums it up.

In fact here is the video of the car sporting that sticker :

I hope you'll join us during the rest of the week when we check out what happens when car companies turn their pride and joy over to tuning houses.

Comments (38) -

09/02/2009 20:50:47 #


The Aska has some definite Euro GM styling going on. The window frames look very Mk1 Astra to me. A bit of Wiki-ing reveals it's on GM's 'J platform' - yep, it's a Mk2 Cavalier! You're right about the Accord, but between that and the Cavalier version it was a Subaru Legacy. Badge-engineering-tastic!

rmad United Kingdom

15/06/2009 17:20:02 #

Buck Thompson

I was just thinking about more photos  and you've really helped out. Thanks!

Buck Thompson United States

20/06/2009 03:07:09 #

modified cars

A Mitsu AMG? That's news to me, and I thought I knew a thing or two about car tuners!

modified cars United States

22/06/2009 21:44:55 #

car finance

Nice article and video.Thanks for the pic.

car finance United Kingdom

29/06/2009 16:59:57 #

Number Plates


Good post....I saw this video clip its too excellent , i loved it .....
<a href="http://www.carreg.co.uk/">Number Plates</a>

Number Plates United States

01/07/2009 04:27:50 #

Mercedes-Benz Car Specifications

AMG is the legendary racing/tuning division of Mercedes whose foundations date back to 1967 when it was originally founded by partners Hans Werner Aufrecht and Eberhard Melcher. Großaspach was simply Aufrecht's home town.

Mercedes-Benz Car Specifications United States

18/09/2009 13:34:05 #

Lucy Atkinson

What a pity that the AMG Mitsu turned out so blah! Who would have thought that what is essentially a car service company would try their hand at design with such ... confusing consequences. Hang on - I actually did expect that! The Aska I understand a lot better. Accord, their newer incarnation, is a favorite of drifters and general hoons all over the city nowadays. It was just a car that was before its time. The Aska has its own owners club in Japan, and I bet the Accord does too. If not in Japan, then certainly in Melbourne.

Lucy Atkinson Australia

18/09/2009 18:29:22 #

Life insurance

I must say great website. I have just googled it nice info out there.

Life insurance United Kingdom

22/09/2009 19:58:39 #


What is the difference between Automobile and Automotive engineering?

SEO United States

23/09/2009 17:47:32 #

income protection

AMG started off by designing and testing racing engines. They expanded their business into building bespoke road cars, based upon standard Mercedes cars.

income protection United States

23/09/2009 20:50:09 #

Affordable Car Insurance

Car insurance is mandatory. Everybody driving a car needs to have it. When buying car insurance many people simple ask for a quick quote and go for the cheapest insurance available.

Affordable Car Insurance United Kingdom

25/09/2009 22:59:48 #

wine club

Nice post to hang on..I really loved it the way of the stuff provided in this article..This has given very useful information..

wine club Singapore

27/09/2009 00:04:02 #

online gambling

OH MAN!! that AMG looks awesome...ill trade anything to get that....great looking car! thanks for the post though...great info!!

online gambling United States

28/09/2009 15:15:52 #

Custom stickers


Hey guys ....  I really liked the article, thanks a lot for sharing, keep going, Thanks again .

Custom stickers United States

28/09/2009 18:02:36 #

Adventure holidays Australia

Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts.Any way Ill be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon

Adventure holidays Australia United Kingdom

29/09/2009 18:56:34 #


hey, what's the different of car turner and latest model. thanks for sharing your ideas.

gameexpert United States

29/09/2009 20:11:20 #

Affordable Car Insurance

This is easier and surely gives comfort to internet users. Thanks for sharing. Post like this offers great benefit. Thank you!

Affordable Car Insurance United Kingdom

01/10/2009 18:02:42 #

free diet plans

I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post

free diet plans Singapore

03/10/2009 17:00:02 #

best teeth whitening products

Very interesting site..Useful information shared..Iam very happy to read this article..thanks for giving us nice info..Keep up the work..

best teeth whitening products Singapore

03/10/2009 18:40:17 #

anti aging products

I am very glad to see such information which I was searching for a long time.This made very glad..This site has given us an useful information..

anti aging products Switzerland

04/10/2009 15:39:08 #

DVLA Number Plates


What are the advantages and disadvantages of owning Reva, the electric car?

DVLA Number Plates United States

25/11/2009 02:09:52 #

slot machines free spins

AMG is outstanding company, it brings a lot of useful notes and impressions

slot machines free spins United States

13/04/2010 19:47:16 #

flash developers

I cannot stop being  impressed by reading every post and I actually feel excited as never.

flash developers United Kingdom

29/04/2010 16:42:41 #

SEO Affordable

Affordable SEO Services:

SEO Affordable United States

03/05/2010 18:15:52 #

Jim Blair

Good blog article, interesting to view about this.  This is definitely some good information.

Jim Blair United States

15/05/2010 23:01:23 #


I've seen some great tuning work in this article and I got some great ideas, than you!

violet United States

19/05/2010 20:46:04 #


Hello from Germany! May i quote a post a translated part of your blog with a link to you? I've tried to contact you for the topic When German Tuners Went East..., but i got no answer, please reply when you have a moment, thanks, Spruch

Spruch United States

06/06/2010 11:07:32 #

how to fix a playstation 3 controller

Hi there! Very useful post! I am very happy that I was able to stumble upon your blog while searching Bing. Koodles for this great post!

how to fix a playstation 3 controller United States

06/06/2010 21:40:34 #

baby mickey crib bedding

Great read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on that. And he in fact bought me lunch because I found it for him.... smile.. So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! But yeah Thank you for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and enjoy learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog!

baby mickey crib bedding United States

11/06/2010 06:52:07 #

bouncy castle hire wiltshire

I'm not 100% on this, but I do like the idea. I think you'll find a lot of people will agree with you here.

bouncy castle hire wiltshire United States

11/06/2010 14:23:41 #


This World Cup could be extremely intense!   I give it a flip of a coin in my opinion but best of luck to both teams! I'll be watching for sure!

Marisa United States

13/06/2010 10:39:51 #


I bet the Cup could be extremely intense!  It comes down to flip of a coin in my opinion but best of luck to both soccer teams! I should be watching the entire match!

Sarah United States

16/06/2010 02:50:00 #

jeux du casino a Las Vegas

The interior of the car features now some generous amounts of leather, polished aluminum and wood grain paneling. Nissan decided that customers need a better higher quality interior for the whole family because the car is driven off-road only 15% of the time.

jeux du casino a Las Vegas India

22/06/2010 08:30:29 #

los angeles web design firm

I think you've got a lot of readers that are more than thankful to you and really pleased with the content on your blog, making me fantastically interested in what post will be next and about.

los angeles web design firm Russia

26/06/2010 07:19:10 #

Theo Hansche

Happy blogging to you! I am pretty new to blogging so I happened to find yours while looking for other blogs. Just wanted to stop by and say that I like your overall layout, and also do you like to exchange links? My new blog could use a little love! I also run a link directory at http://www.link-juice.com if you'd like to check it out.

Theo Hansche United States

28/06/2010 04:52:18 #

Duramax Storage Sheds

Thanks for presents information clearly and in a way so easy that even an absosolute beginner as I can understand without feeling overwhelmed by the dark terminology of experts.

Duramax Storage Sheds United States

03/07/2010 08:32:33 #

göğüs estetiği

Is there any information about this subject in other languages?

göğüs estetiği United States

10/07/2010 06:29:45 #


All small business owners know that a higher search engine page rank through Google, Yahoo!, Bing and others equates to more business.  How do you go about attaining a higher page rank, though?  Proper search engine optimization will help you bump up your search engine ranking for targeted keywords, ensuring that you are able to gain access to targeted traffic, increase the number of visitors to your website and also increase the number of visitors converted to customers.
Please speak with us at http://www.seoafrngroup.com

T.S Caribbean

Pingbacks and trackbacks (1)+

Add comment

  Country flag

  • Comment
  • Preview

Powered by BlogEngine.NET