The Toyota GT-86 TRD Special Edition took a little trip to the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this month to say hi to the British folks. Turns out, it’s going to do a whole lot more than that now that Toyota has announced a special UK edition of the Japanese sports coupe.
It’s limited only to the UK, which means that those boys across the pond has another reason to brag to us here in the US. But we’re not complaining - at least not yet - and we’re sincerely happy for those chaps, especially since they’re getting one heck of a car.
The GT-86 TRD UK Special Edition won’t receive any performance modifications - it retains its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower - but what it gets are a variety of aerodynamic upgrades, including a lower front spoiler, aerodynamic ‘fins’, wide see skirts, a larger wing, and a new diffuser. In addition, Toyota installed a new and adjustable suspension system, thicker anti-roll bars on the front and rear, improved disc brakes - 355 mm in the front and 345 mm in the rear - vented rotors, and a new exhaust system that produces better response times.
Completing the extensive add-ons are a new set of 18" forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin tires, a carbon suspension strut brace and a TRD-badged oil filler cap, a red starter button, and a new set of sport bucket seats in the interior.
Needless to say, it’s a car that we’d love to see here on our roads, but can’t because of it’s UK exclusivity. Guess those boys will be getting to fight over it at the start of next year when the cars go on sale.
As for us, we’ll be licking our chops to see if we get the same kind of digs from the Scion FR-S.
UPDATE 02/10/13: The UK version of the TRD-tuned Toyota GT86 ($49,800) has been priced at £31,495 for the manual transmission and £32,995 ($52,000) for the automatic version. Only 250 models will be made available with sales beginning in the 1st of March!
Usually when a car is launched on the United Arab Emirates, a series of drifting sessions are a must. The Toyota GT 86 followed this rule when it was launched last month in the UAE. Now, Toyota UAE has announced that the Toyota Emirates Drifting Team led by Ahmed Al Ameri, the UAE drift king, has just been launched and it followed along the same footsteps as the GT-86.
If Am Ameri isn’t a familiar name, then it’s important to know that he was just crowned season’s champion for the second successive time. and now he is showing his skills behind the wheel of a GT-86.
Since making his professional drifting debut in 2010, Ahmed Al Ameri was always loyal to the Toyota brand. As part of the plan, the 27 year-old Abu Dhabi-born driver will be modifying the Toyota 86 in the summer to race it during the remaining 2012 and 2013 championship seasons.
Ever since the official launch of the new Toyota GT 86, Scion FR-S, and Subaru BRZ, there have been an increasing number of reviews that attempt to provide the full picture surrounding these cars. We are confident in saying that NONE of the reviews published are anywhere near as amazing as the one done by Nino Karotta.
In his review, Karotta crossed Europe in a Toyota GT-86, going through the twisting mountains of France, continuing on to the German Autobahn, and ending in Austria where he put it up against his own AE86. We won’t tell you how the GT-86 did against the old school AE86; we’ll let you see for yourself!
The most mind-blowing part of this video isn’t just the thorough review of the vehicle, but the intensity in which it was created. It features great camera angles, outstanding editing, and even great music. Overall, it was a dynamic review for an outstanding vehicle, and you get about 21 minutes worth of it. Enjoy!
As a reminder, the Toyota GT-86 is powered by a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-four engine, the result of a joint development between Subaru and Toyota, combined with D-4S technology (direct injection combined with port injection). This engine produces 200 HP at 7000 rpm and maximum torque of 151 lb-ft at 6600 rpm and is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
For those who want to further customize their brand new GT-86, Toyota has announced a pretty impressive aero kit for the sports coupe, leaving us holding our breath in anticipation of its US counterpart, the Scion FR-S - getting an upgrade package of its own in the near future.
The new aero kit includes a new front bumper, side sills, a rear bumper skirt, and a sharp looking rear spoiler. All of these changes help to improve the car’s aerodynamics even further. The front bumper skirt has vertical fins to control air entering the front grille and dual canards at 12-degree angles to optimize handling stability. For the side skirts, Toyota is offering a rounded leading edge to assist airflow evacuation from the front wheel housing, while the rear bumper has a profile that projects horizontally, to manage air turbulence from the front fin and assist in evacuating under-body airflow. The rear spoiler center section will be painted in gloss black and also features horizontal "winglets" on the uprights, to help generate downforce and optimize handling stability.
The Toyota GT 86 is fast becoming a popular sports car choice in a number of worldwide markets, so much so that a country like Germany will receive a host of new accessories for the Japanese sports coupe.
Hey, if Italy can get the 86 First Edition, the Germans sure aren’t far behind.
Remember, the GT 86 is being prepared as a no-frills sports car, so if you want to add your own personal touches to it, you can do so at your own behest. In order to address people’s needs for creativity, Toyota Germany has released a number of new accessories that can be seen on the sports car.
Taking a look at the package, it appears pretty similar to the one being offered in Italy. The racing stripes on the hood and the roof are there, as are the decals on the sides. On the flip side, the German accessories for the GT 86 also include carbon fiber mirror caps, a choice of wheels - the OZ racing Ultraleggera alloys cost €529 ($657) - suspension tweaks, a new JBL sound system, and a touch-screen display with navigation.
Those last three accessories cost €189 ($234), €1,045 ($1,300), and €695 ($863), respectively.
If you needed proof that the GT 86 is becoming a hot ticket in multiple towns, you only need to look at two countries that are famous for their super cars - Italy and Germany - showing some serious love for the Japanese sports coupe to realize that the GT 86 is here to stay.
Just days after McLaren released a video to celebrate the launch of the MP4-12C in Abu Dhabi; Toyota has gone down a similar route with its brand new Toyota GT 86, also known as the Scion FR-S in the states.
Although the video may not capture the essence of the largely-covered desert country like the McLaren one does, it does focus on the driving capabilities of the GT 86 immensely with the burnt orange car in question featuring a massive rear wing which could be utilized in future TRD models of the 86, or even in future WRX and STI versions of the very similar Subaru BRZ.
Despite the United Arab Emirates being famous for its oil and incredible wealth, which has led to some of the biggest technological advancements in skyscraper construction ever, the GT 86 may be a hit for the younger side of the population and those whose parents aren’t worth millions, even billions of dollars, as the GT 86 takes the cheap sports car mantra to an entirely new level.
Before you check out the video, keep in mind that the Toyota GT 86 features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Subaru sourced engine kicking out 200HP mated to either a boring automatic transmission, or the much more exciting six-speed manual.
Our friends over at Autocar are reporting a nice tidbit of tech news on the new Toyota GT 86. According to GT 86 project engineer, Tetsuya Tada, Toyota is working on a black-box system for the GT 86 that will monitor all of the car’s main functions (i.e. braking, accelerating, stability, acceleration, speed, etc.).
In short, the black-box system is nothing new, but what Toyota plans to do with it is. Engineers are working on installing software on the black box that is compatible with the PlayStation 3. At the same time, Toyota is hard at work mapping out all of the major tracks and raceways around the world and uploading them into the black box. All the driver has to do is take the GT 86 to a mapped track on the black box and drive the hell out of his car.
Once the driver has finished his track day, just hook up the black box to a PlayStation 3 and upload the data. After all of the data is uploaded, the driver can compare his data from the track with other GT 86 drivers that have run on the same track, making for some friendly racing, without the risks of swapping paint. This system will also provide pointers for performing better at the track and maximizing the GT 86’s potential.
Seems like a pretty cool idea on paper, but the issue becomes the fact that some street racers may find a way to upload public streets, then you have GT 86 drivers driving like maniacs on busy roads trying to beat their buddy’s time around the block. We hope that the engineers find a way to block this possibility prior to releasing it, if it ever becomes a reality.
For those that snag up GT 86s before this system debuts can easily retro-fit it onto older GT 86 models.
There is no word on whether this system will be offered for the Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ.
You know when a car is getting some serious love from places you wouldn’t even think of? When a country that specializes in some of the fastest cars on the planet decides that they want first dibs on a special edition model of the said vehicle.
Over in Italy, Japanese automaker Toyota will launch their new GT 86 sports coupe by releasing a limited number of models bearing the "First Edition" name. Limited to only 86 units, the 86 First Edition will bear a few styling distinctions, including a Lightning Red paint finish with black adhesives running along the hoof, up the rear wing, and on the bottom of the sides. In addition, these models will also carry a numbered plate that will be engraved with the name of the owner.
Speaking of these buyers, the lucky 88 that will be getting a piece of the 86 First Edition will also be entitled to participate in the 86’s GT Academy.
The 86 First Edition won’t have any performance modifications so expect the sports coupe to carry a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-four engine that produces 200 horsepower and 151 lb/ft of torque.
The 86 First Edition has been priced at €29,000, which is around $37,000 based on current exchange rates.
UPDATE 05/29/2012: Toyota Italy has unveiled a pretty cool video showing off the design details of their new GT 86 First Edition. Enjoy!
Noted Toyota tuner Gazoo Racing has come out with their latest tuning program for the Toyota GT 86 sports coupe. And no, we’re not all that surprised.
The concept racing sports coupe is called the Sport FR Concept. True to the Japanese tuning firm’s racing intentions, they set up the sports coupe with a slew of racing modifications, highlighted by a GRMN twin charger - it serves as a turbocharger and supercharger in one - that produces 320 horsepower and 310 lb/ft of torque.
In addition to the modified engine, the Sport FR Concept also features a new front and rear fender, a racing rear spoiler, a new GRMN dual exhaust, GRMN brake calipers and brake rotors, and a new set of alloy wheels and tires. For the interior, Gazoo Racing dressed the sports car with a back skin tone interior while also adding a new bucket seats, a four-point seat belt, a roll cage, and additional meters.
Talk about a car that’s itching for some track action, the Toyota GT 86 Sport FR Concept is primed and ready to burn some rubber.
UPDATE 06/27/12: Whatever program you might want to give it, the Toyota GT 86 is still, at its core, a supremely awesome - and affordable - sports car. And in case you’re wondering which of these programs will be headed to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, look no further than the GT 86 Sport FR Concept by Gazoo Racing.
It’s been more than a year since Toyota unveiled the concept version of the FT-86 Coupe at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. During that year, we’ve heard so many reports, rumors, and whispers about the car, that we’re beginning to think that this could very well be the second-coming of Toyota’s iconic Celica line.
Now, after months of speculation on our part and hardcore testing on Toyota’s part, the Japanese company has finally unveiled the production FT 86, only it will be called the GT-86 instead. The new name was chosen as a tribute to Toyota’s GT car heritage and the exhilarating drivability of the Corolla Levin AE86. The Toyota GT-86’s official debut will be made at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.
The new GT 86 is based on an entirely new platform and features a low, highly aerodynamic bodyshell. It is powered by the same engine as its Subaru sibling - a 2.0 liter, naturally-aspirated petrol engine - but will only deliver 200 HP as opposed to Subaru’s promised 300 HP. That being said, the base BRZ will come with the same 200 HP that the new GT-86 is sporting, bringing these two models closer than originally anticipated. Subaru’s promised 300 HP will be present in the STI version, leading us to believe that a G-Sports variant for the GT-86 will bring forth the same amount of power. This borrowed engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
UPDATE 07/10/2012: Nino Karotta made one of the most epic reviews for the new GT 86. He crosses Europe in a GT86 to put it up against his AE86 on a racetrack. Hit the jump to see the results.
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