At only 200 horsepower, the Toyota GT 86 is one of those sports cars that are just ripe to be modified. That’s probably the reason why the GT 86 has become an aftermarket favorite and rightfully so because it’s one sick ride.
Racing outfit TOMS has been involved with Toyotas since the 70’s so it’s no surprise that with the `Yota getting back into the world of sports cars, TOMS has taken the task to build their own take on it. That’s how the N086V was born.
There are some aesthetic and aero changes done on the car, including a new front bumper, new wheel arch extensions, and a new set of 18-inch TOM Igeta wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S001 tires. The interior also received its share of carbon parts, which offers a more luxurious feel to the car.
But the main event of this program is undoubtedly under that hood, or to be exact, what was taken and out and what was put in. See, the GT 86’s stock 2.0-liter engine has been replaced with a 3.5-liter 2GR-FSE V-6 engine that you’ll typically find in a Lexus GS 350.
With that powertrain in tow, the N086V produces up to 395 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Do the math and that’s almost twice as many ponies lurking inside the sports car, waiting to be unleashed at the slam of a pedal.
To accommodate the dramatic increase in output, TOMS’ installed a reinforced clutch, high-performance brakes, and a new coil-over Advox suspension just to make sure the handling of the car can be kept in check.
If there was a way to properly comprehend the custom work done on this Toyota GT 86, we don’t get it. We suppose Toyota’s Original Accessory division had an idea what it wanted to build to display at the Tokyo Auto Salon, but this custom-tuned GT 86, dubbed the 86xStyle Cb, is something that leaves us more confused than anything.
The rationale behind this project appears to be the collaboration of classic and modern design elements for the GT 86. The new snout on the car completely changes the GT 86’s look, ridding the front of all the aggressive styling elements that make it popular. To be fair, the rear end of the car looks pretty good, thanks in large part to the addition of new taillights, a duck-bill spoiler and a modified bumper housing with new exhaust pipe outlets.
Rounding out the exterior modifications is a set of 18-inch BBS wheels wrapped in 215/45 and 225/45 tires on the front and rear, respectively. Also added in is a performance brake system upgrades courtesy of Brembo.
There are not many interior mods done on the 86xStyle Cb, apart from dressing it up in dark-brown leather and the installation of illumination on the dashboard.
All in all, this custom tuned GT 86 is something that doesn’t really move our awesome meter. The front end looks like it was transported back from the past to combine with a more modern rear. As far as we’re concerned, somewhere along the line, that transformation hit some bumps.
Toyota will come to this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon with 10 updated models and four of them are based on the road-going GT86 — known as the "86" on the Japanese market. The four 86 concepts to be displayed in Tokyo will be the 86 x style Cb, 86 Modellista, 86 TRD Griffon and TOM’S N086V.
The standard GT 86 has attracted worldwide praise for its sporting looks and character, but it is only the start for some of the world’s top design houses. For example, the one developed by Modellista features a very aggressive body kit, a carbon-fiber hood and a new set of wheels.
No other details have been provided just yet, but the first image we have reveals a concept car painted red combined with numerous black elements. Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Tokyo. We’ll bring you all of the details once Toyota and Modellista release them.
Details are still very sketchy and all we have to show you is the blurry teaser image that TRD has unveiled, but there is a new GT 86 concept from TRD heading to the Tokyo Auto Salon. Sure, we already talked about the new Sports FR Concept Platinum and how awesome it is, but its partner in Tokyo – the GT 86 Griffon Concept – just may blow it out of the water.
Like we said, the details are sketchy, but we do know that TRD went to task lowering the GT 86’s overall weight, then tweaked at least the suspension and exhaust. TRD then took the GT 86 Griffon out to the Tsukuba circuit and laid rubber to tarmac, netting a best lap time of 1:01.872.
That may seem like nothing on paper, but when you start adding in the fact that time beats out times of the Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari 360 CS, Nissan GT-R Spec-V, Corvette ZR1, Lambo Gallardo, Porsche 911 GT2, and so on, you realize that this must be one beastly `Yota GT 86.
We will find out more on the 11th of January when TRD officially releases the specifications, but were are 100-percent certain that there is a lot more tweaking going on than just some suspension stiffening and exhaust work.
We’ll update this review once we get the official info.
UPDATE 01/11/13: With just a few hours before its official debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota has unveiled the first official image of the 86 TRD Griffon. Enjoy!
We already saw what Toyota Motorsports and its partner, Gazoo Racing, could do with the GT 86 when it released the Sport FR Concept. Now, Gazoo and Toyota have teamed up again for the Tokyo Auto Salon and are releasing an updated GT 86 dubbed the Sports FR Concept Platinum.
The details are not yet complete and all we have are teaser images showing off a few pieces of the car, but there is a little info to pass on. From the looks of things, the Sports FR Concept Platinum will stray much farther from its GT 86 base than the original Sport FR Concept on the outside and inside, as its new vented hood and LED headlights make a big difference on the outside. You’ll also find that the taillights, 18-inch rims and spoiler also set it apart from the base GT 86.
Inside the cabin, you’ll find a roll cage to keep you safe and add some rigidity to the body, as well as full instrumentation, white leather seats and four-point harnesses to keep your backside parked in those comfy seats.
The real fun comes when you look beneath the hood, as you’ll find the same 2.0-liter boxer-4 engine from the base GT 86, but with a pair of turbochargers forcing air into the combustion chambers. There are likely tons more additions under the hood, which Gazoo hasn’t revealed yet, but we do know that this modded 2.0 will punch out 330 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque.
The engine links to a six-speed manual transmission, and an upgraded limited-slip diff, performance suspension and aftermarket brakes all help the GT 86 handle a little better. This monster weighs in at a relatively svelte 2,751 pounds.
More details and images will be available during the Tokyo Auto Salon, which kicks off in January.
Subtlety has never been one of Wald International’s strong suits, so it’s hardly surprising that when it built its new program for the 2013 Toyota GT 86, it didn’t have that word in mind.
The aerodynamic kit borrows along the same lines of what you’d expect from Wald. The new bonnet with the prominent air scoops on the GT 86 is particularly eye-catching because it’s far more aggressive than what the standard Toyota sports coupe has. From there, you can look at the front half spoiler, which also bodes to what kind of sports aggression Wald had in mind in designing its program. The more pronounced side skirts, the trunk-lid spoiler, the rear fender extensions, the wider rear wing, the rear diffuser with the quad tail pipes, and the new set of two-tone, five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile performance tires complete Wald’s GT 86 program.
The whole set-up will make its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. From there, the program will be on sale for ¥231,000, which is around $2,800 based on current exchange rates.
Admittedly, we would have preferred to see some performance mods to go with this striking aero upgrade. But Wald International has always been about stylish upgrades, and this program for the GT 86 is no exception.
The 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon is just around the corner, so it’s no surprise that first details on the models to be displayed at the famous Japanese show have started to surface online. For example, Abflug has prepared a tuning kit for the new Toyota GT86 sports car, which it has dubbed the "Spiral 86."
Of course this is not the first time you have seen an upgrade package for the GT86, but we have to admit this one is one of the coolest. It includes both exterior and interior updates, but also the addition of 58 extra horsepower under the hood.
Exterior upgrades include a new front bumper, new side skirts, new rear bumper and a new rear upper spoiler. The car sits on a set of exclusive Abflug Prism III 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama tires sized 235/35/ZR19 up front and 255/30ZR19 at the rear. The exterior mods are subtle yet noticeable and they really set off the GT86’s appearance without being too overbearing.
Under the hood the 2.0-liter engine receives a HKS supercharger, a PentRoof FA20 tuning program and a water-bypass kit. As a result, the engine now delivers 258 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 240 pound-feet of torque at 6,600 rpm. The tuner also installed a new HKS Hipermax IV GT suspension system with a new set of shock absorbers, new springs and Dixel brakes to round out the package.
We’ll be the first to admit that we have some sort of auto-crush on the Toyota GT86. Actually, it extends to the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S too but since we’re talking about the GT86 here, we’re going to give extra love to Toyota’s spanking-new sports coupe.
So, when an aftermarket company releases a program for the GT86, our senses become heightened because if there’s one thing this world can’t have enough of — apart from food and water, that is — it’s tuning programs for the GT86.
Swiss tuning firm, Barracuda Racing Wheels, decided to make our day by revealing its own take on the GT86. Despite not carrying any performance mods, BRW’s aerodynamic program for the GT86 is downright stunning. The huge rear wing that was installed on the GT86 will definitely catch your attention. But not just an eye-catcher, as it’s got some serious purpose too, improving the car’s overall handling by adding some needed downforce to keep the sports coupe from flying off the road.
The real stars of BRW’s program are the bespoke wheels bolted onto the GT86. These 20-inch alloy rims can be had in a variety of color finishes, including matte black; polished, hi-gloss-black; real-chrome; white-polished; and gun-metal. If those colors aren’t enough, Barracuda can also offer them in a variety of candy tones.
Sure, this program for the GT86 doesn’t have any performance mods. But rest assured, if you’re in the market for aero improvements and new rims for your new Toyota sports coupe, Barracuda Racing Wheels is your hook-up.
Everyone watching "Top Gear" knows that Jeremy Clarkson can be pretty difficult to impress when it comes to cars. With his notorious reputation, automakers are happy just to hear him murmur “Okay” after driving their cars.
The Toyota GT 86 is one of the latest that the Top Gear bad boy got his hands on, and it looks like Toyota has done an amazing job. Clarkson even goes so far as to name it "’One of the best cars I’ve driven in ages." So we guess this statement will help increasing the GT 86 sales, no?
Making things better, Clarkson gives the GT 86 a pretty good thrashing in his testing process. So, even though you already know the outcome of the test, the video is still well worth a look.
The GT 86 is powered by a 2.0-liter, naturally-aspirated petrol engine that delivers a total of 200 horsepower. On the U.S. market the sports car is being sold as the Scion FR-S and it is priced from $24,930.
Car commercials are intended to make customers want to buy your car, plain and simple. With that precedent being set sometime in automotive infancy, it’s not a surprise to see incredibly ridiculous things featured in these commercials.
From the looks of it, Toyota went just a tad too far promoting its new GT 86 sports car — according to UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), at least.
The ASA has officially banned said commercial on the grounds of it promoting and glamorizing irresponsible and dangerous driving. According to the ASA’s official announcement, "that kind of driving, and particularly the speeds, could be emulated on real roads. We also considered that the highly stylized nature of the ad glamorized the reckless manner in which the car was driven."
We don’t know about you, but we find that commercial downright awesome. And let’s be serious, on what roads in this world would you be able to drive a car like that? We think the ASA needs to remove the stick from a certain orifice that the sun does not shine upon…