21 (22 in Project D)
First Stage Episode 1
Keisuke Takahashi (高橋 啓介 Takahashi Keisuke, "K.T.") is the number two driver for the RedSuns. Keisuke drives Mazda's third generation RX-7 , and is a skilled driver, second only to his brother, Ryosuke. Keisuke is a rather hot-headed young man and does not like losing. He is also known to drive with his emotions, for example if he realises that he cannot win his driving suffers and if he is in the lead he is carefree and much relaxed. Before Ryosuke got Keisuke involved in street racing he was the leader of a Bōsōzoku gang. He joins his brother's new team and has a rivalry with Takumi. Keisuke races the hillclimb (uphill) on most races, while Takumi races the downhill.
Keisuke isn't analytical like his older brother, and Ryosuke's ability to compute and analyze amazes Keisuke. But at the same time, Keisuke's ability to think less while he is driving, and to do only what he feels amazes Ryosuke. While Ryosuke has decided that he won't race much longer, and that he will become a doctor in the future, Keisuke has dedicated his life to racing, his eventual goal is to become a professional racer. But first he must defeat Takumi. Though visibly getting along, they still have some kind of argumentation over who is the ace, he has respect for Takumi. He stated once he was not as strong minded as Takumi, because Takumi fell asleep really fast before a great battle, making him ask himself if he knew what pressure was.
By the end of the Fourth Stage anime, Keisuke's skill has dramatically improved to the point that he is offered contact information for a professional racing team. Keisuke turns the offer down since he believes he still has a ways to go before he's ready for a professional racing career. At the same time, Takumi remarks that Keisuke could probably defeat him if they had a serious race.
Likes: His beloved FD
Dislikes: 4WD, Overdressed schoolgirls, Gyaru & losing, Lan Evos
Special skills: ABS Drift (Unknown)
|Car||Mazda RX-7 Type R (FD3S)|
|Body Color||Competition Yellow Mica|
|Custom Parts||Redsuns ver. - Mazda painted FRP front lip, Unknown wide rear spoiler (pre-2nd Stage), Mazdaspeed A-Spec Spoiler Type II (2nd-3rd Stage), Mazdaspeed A-Spec Front Bumper Type II (3rd Stage), Keisuke-made Rims (1st Stage), MS-02 Rims (2nd-3rd stage), Mazdaspeed turbo gauge, Mazdaspeed suspension kit, Mazdaspeed muffler, Recaro bucket racing seats & Mazdaspeed steering wheel
Project D early ver. - Mazdaspeed A-spec Front Bumper Type II, Mazdaspeed A-Spec Spoiler Type II, MS-02 Wheels (this was also the RedSuns version in 2nd and 3rd Stage), Mazdaspeed steering wheel, 2.0 Mazdaspeed turbo gauge, Mazdaspeed muffler, & bucket racing seats
Project D later ver. - RE Amemiya GT-AD aero with carbon fiber canards and fixed HID headlights, RE-Amemiya AD9 Hood (Carbon hood in the finale of 5th Stage), RE-Amemiya GT II spoiler, Apex'i Power FC, RE-Amemiya TA dolphin tail muffler, RE-Amemiya Quantam RS coilovers, SSR Type C rims (bronze), RE-Amemiya AD mirrors Type I, RE-Amemiya steering wheel, 1.5 RE-Amemiya turbo gauge & roll cage