Tony O'Kane | Jan 20, 2009

Okay, while that RB26-powered 2000GT replica was one stunningly presented machine, here's a glimpse at the opposite end of the scale.

A product of the Nihon Automotive Technical School (NATS), this R35 GT-R bodied Suzuki Cappuccino was exhibited at this year's Tokyo Auto Salon and proves that the term "bespoke" isn't always a good thing.

NATS GT-K

The bodywork is completely custom, but no matter how much fibreglass NATS threw at the 'GT-K', nothing could stop the final result from looking so... rubbish. The GT-R's stongly scultpted lines and muscular styling don't lend themselves quite so well to such a small platform, and NATS's slab-sided take on a pint-sized R35 is - plainly and simply - pretty damn ugly.

NATS GT-K

Boasting the same 657cc three-pot as the standard Cappuccino, it's probably rather slow as well. A bigger turbo and an upgraded intercooler have been applied, but we doubt such tuning is enough to compensate for the kilos of fibreglass that've been heaped upon this poor lil' Suzuki.

Coilovers and larger brakes supposedly improve handling, but we'd be willing to wager that those horrible chrome 18-inch rims don't.

But that doesn't mean Cappuccino rebodies can't be done. Remember the Baby Cobra? That thing looked totally boss, and it proves that in the case of the NATS GT-K, it's not the car's fault that it looks this bad. Back to the drawing board, NATS...

[Le Blog Auto, via Autoblog]

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