Word of the Day: Bippu

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Mar 5, 2020 | Word of the Day, Bippu, VIP Style

Bippu is all about VIP style: nearly zero ride height, a ton of negative camber and, generally, a luxury nameplate attached to a full-size, rear-drive chassis like a Toyota Crown or Nissan Cedric.



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NickD PowerDork
3/5/20 9:04 a.m.

I was just saying the other day, I can appreciate a nicely done stance or bippu car if there is obvious passion and effort and care put into it. Its not my thing, not something I would do, but if it has gorgeous paint and bodywork and nice expensive wheels and a swank interior, I can appreciate it. What I can't stand is the MkIV Golf with rotted out quarter panels, poorly rolled front fenders, a plasti-dipped hood , one or more body panels of a different color and curb-damaged knockoff-brand wheels and is not a works-in-progress. That's not a stance car, that's just a E36 M3box that you bought wheels for that don't fit properly.

_ Dork
3/5/20 9:28 a.m.

Can we do kyusha Kai next?

Duke MegaDork
3/5/20 9:43 a.m.

This is my buddy Kyle Goode's Crown.  He lives in Adelaide, AU.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/5/20 9:59 a.m.

In reply to Duke :

That just looks clean. 

chandler PowerDork
3/5/20 10:48 a.m.


I needed to lower it a lot more but that's the basic idea here

ShawnG UltimaDork
3/5/20 11:51 a.m.

A former employee of ours had a Bippu style Toyota Aristo.

I realise my sample size is only "one" but I was very underwhelmed. Too low, rode rough and handled badly. Considering that it had a 2JZ turbo, it was slow too.

Slow to the point that we were going for lunch in it and one of the guys asked "This thing has a turbo, right?".

It did have a very expensive knot hanging from the rear view mirror though.

I'm sure there is a fine line between "Bippu" and "Broken".

dculberson MegaDork
3/5/20 12:00 p.m.

In reply to ShawnG :

A very expensive knot?

A stock turbo Aristo isn't a terribly fast car. If he didn't mod it at all, it's only pushing about 280hp.

Duke MegaDork
3/5/20 12:03 p.m.
dculberson said:

In reply to ShawnG :

A very expensive knot?

It's a Japanese / Asian / VIP-style thing:

ebonyandivory PowerDork
3/5/20 12:32 p.m.

I'm thiiiiiiis close to turning 50 years old and I love this stuff. It's a craft. An art. I'm pretty sure that's how the builders see it so who am I to argue?


_ Dork
3/5/20 1:05 p.m.
Duke said:
dculberson said:

In reply to ShawnG :

A very expensive knot?

It's a Japanese / Asian / VIP-style thing:

Actually it's a religious thing. Shinto or the fat guy. can't remember exactly. I believe Shinto, because those charms are to "ward away" the "evil spirits". 

Stefan GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/5/20 1:25 p.m.

ebelements Reader
3/5/20 1:52 p.m.

I know I just posted a pic of my stupid VIP barge yesterday, but how often do we really get to focus on style-only cars here?




3/5/20 3:23 p.m.

Negative camera???

maybe Camber(???)

Appleseed MegaDork
3/5/20 8:59 p.m.

In reply to NickD :

And some of us will make a car's suspension completely impractical on the street to dodge cones in a parking lot a half a tenth quicker. 

I'll bet the ratty Golf guy is having just as much fun, if not more, than the cone chasser. 

300zxfreak New Reader
3/8/20 4:53 p.m.

I'm thinking that the guys at all the tire dealers are licking their lips over stretched tires and humongous negative camber.

ChrisLS8 Reader
3/8/20 5:01 p.m.

Not a fan of stance/ tilty wheel shenanigans at all. Lose functionality and imo looks stupid. To each their own though


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