Suzuki Jimny Takes the Stage at Tokyo Auto Salon

Comparing an Integrale and a Renault 5.

Japanese tuning corporation, DAMD, who are renowned for their cosmetic facelifts of the Suzuki Jimny, have uncovered various iterations of the hobbyhorse off-roader, providing them with the aura of rally race titans. These changes will make their debut at the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon, with one that mimics the Renault 5 and a second that replicates the Ellipse Delta Integrale.

The one that looks like the legendary Lancia is still dubbed the “Little ?”, and its front fascia has been completely transformed to mimic the four-eyed headlamp design of the iconic Italian hatchback. Accompanying this are yellow-colored front fog lamps, a set of OZ Racing wheels, and a huge rear spoiler. To further enhance the Lancia look, the Jimny kit also features a grille inspired by the classic car and a racing strip in the middle.

The Jimny that looks like the Renault 5 is known as the “Little 5.” It has been given a revised front end with the square-shaped headlamps of the French city car. Below that is a black plastic front bumper, which has a pair of yellow fog lamps. To finish off its rally-ready look, it has a set of OZ Racing wheels. Unlike the red Lancia-themed Jimny, this one is colored blue.

For those unfamiliar with the Renault 5, it was sold from 1972 to 1996 across two generations and is the inspiration for the blue-colored DAMD Jimny. It is especially well-known for its success in rally racing, particularly in the Group 2 “Alpine Version”, Group 4, and the notorious Group B. The Renault 5 truly made a name for itself when it won the 1981 Monte Carlo Rally, its first foray into the world of rallying.

The ostentatious red-hued DAMD Jimny is an unmistakable homage to the Delta HF Integrale 16V Evoluzione, explained by its red finish. This vehicle was the homologation model of the victorious Lancia Delta Integrale Rally Car, clinching 46 world champion championships throughout its four lifecycles.

Unfortunately, the DAMD duo of rally-inspire Jimnys did not include any engine or performance upgrades. It is sad that the small yet capable off-road vehicle cannot be officially sold in the US. On the other hand, markets that can access it are rewarded with a vehicle that provides a great opportunity to modify. There is a body kit available that would give it an appearance resembling a Ford Bronco and Liberty Walk also provides a package that makes it appear like a miniature version of a Mercedes-Benz G-Class; DAMD also has something similar.

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