Toyota GT86

Toyota GT86

We haven’t seen or heard a lot from Romeo Ferraris in quite a while, but even though the tuning company has kept quiet since it introduced its program for the Fiat 500 Abarth Cinquone Stradale last year, it’s hard to completely forget about these guys, especially with its reputation as one of Italy ’s finest aftermarket companies.

But now, Romeo Ferraris is back and it marked its return with an impressive program for one of the most popular sports cars in recent history: the Toyota GT 86 .

In some ways, it’s the perfect car for Romeo Ferraris can get its hands on. In its standard guise, the GT 86 looks every bit of a sports car, yet it somehow lacks the powerful performance credentials that its distinct and sporty style deserves.

That noticeable shortage of power is why aftermarket companies like Romeo Ferraris love the GT 86; they can put their imprint on it without comprising the overall characteristics of the Japanese sports car and do so in a way that gives the 86 that much needed boost in engine output.

That’s where Romeo Ferraris comes into the picture. Using a new supercharger, an intercooler and a subsequent ECU remapping, the Italian automaker was able to churn up 258 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque worth of output form the car’s 2.0-liter inline-four engine, a significant uptick in power from the stock 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

Romeo Ferraris didn’t release the performance numbers, but with these upgrades, it’s not far out of the imagination to think that this GT 86 is now capable of hitting 60 mph in 6.5 seconds to go with a top speed of about 140 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about Romeo Ferrari’s program for the Toyota GT 86

The popularity of the Toyota GT 86 has resulted in the sports coupe being transformed in a variety of ways, but in all that time, it’s never been turned into a rally car.

Well, Toyota’s motorsport partner TMG wants to change all of that with the introduction of the Toyota GT 86 CS-R3 — a rear-wheel-drive rally car based on the GT 86 . The company is targeting the FIA’s new R3C rally category and it’s prepared to go balls to the wall with the rally-spec setup of the CS-R3.

For starters, TMG says its planning to use the GT 86 CS-V3 an endurance racecar based on the sports coupe, as the baseline for the rally racer. Engine modifications are on tap, as are improved brakes, a new transmission, and what we can only imagine to be an aesthetically pleasing body that will exude that go-get-dirty rally spirit.

The CS-R3 is also being built to compete in the World Rally Championship with its intended class being the lower R3 division. Nevertheless, the car is expected to be finished and ready for customer teams in time for the 2015 season, giving TMG and Toyota enough time to work their magic in giving the GT 86 CS-R3 a new rally twist. No word on pricing yet, but expect an announcement in the next several months.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Toyota GT 86 CS-V3

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Scion FR-S Sedan

The future of the Toyota GT 86 Convertible is very much "on ice" at this point, with pretty much no chances for it to be put into production.

Overall drop-top sales have plunged since the financial crisis of 2008, creating very little market for even the best cars like the Mazda MX-5.

But even better is what they are planning instead. Work is already well underway at Toyota on an affordable rear-drive sedan version. This rendering gives a good clue to the GT86 sedan .

Toyota officials confirm that the concept will debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The new GT86 sedan will go on sale in late 2015, with Toyota perhaps not sharing this body style with Subaru and Scion.

The first details on the GT86 suggest it will be about 100 mm (3.93 inches) longer than the coupe version.

The four-door will also wear a few exterior updates, including a new “keen-look” grille design that appears to replicate the shape of a Japanese ‘katana’ Samurai sword.

Under the hood, the sedan will keep the usual 2.0 liter boxer engine for most trims.

A performance hybrid is also very likely. It is believed that this version will use Toyota’s current Hybrid Synergy Drive system that incorporates a one-motor parallel drive set-up and most likely F1-style KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology. This system delivers a total of 268 horsepower and improves fuel economy by about 10 to 15%.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Toyota GT86.

Source: Motoring
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Toyota GT-86 Convertible

The Toyota GT 86 Convertible — known as the Scion FR-S Convertible in the U.S. — has been on and off so many times that we’ve lost count. Still, when Toyota unveiled the FT 86 Open Top Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show we thought that a convertible version is imminent; unfortunately we were wrong.

According to WhatCar, the GT 86 Convertible has no place in Toyota’s future plans in the near future — 2014 or 2015. Despite its current cancellation, Toyota is prepared to put the drop-top sports car on the fast track, if management decides to pull the trigger on it.

Toyota didn’t give a reason for cancelling the GT 85 convertible, but Toyota did make it clear that the rigidity of the GT 86 Convertible was not up to par for engineers, and that the additional weight needed to sure it up would drastically reduce the model’s performance credentials.

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Source: WhatCar

We’ve said it time and time again; world records are always meant to be broken. It’s just a matter of when and where it’s going to be.

Recently, the "when" and the "where" of the world’s fastest drift record was answered when Poland’s ORLEN Team along with drifter Kuba Przygonski took a heavily-modified Toyota GT 86 packing close to 1,100 horsepower to a former military base in Biata Podlaska, Poland on September 3rd.

What ensued was nothing short of spectacular.

With arguably one of the world’s most powerful GT 86s at his disposal, Przygonski was able to succesfully drift the Japanese drift car at 217.973 km/h (135.44 mph). In doing so, the Polish racer set a new Guinness World Record, now owning the record for world’s fastest drift.

We honestly have no clue how many g’s Przygonski was experiencing when he set that record but the mere fact that his neck seemed to be okay enough to allow him to celebrate the new record speaks to the kind of preparation he must have done before breaking this record.

It’s an incredible feat that should be lauded, no matter how long its stands in the record books.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Toyota GT 86

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Toyota GT 86

During an interview with AutoCar at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , Toyota ’s senior manager for drivetrain engineering, Koei Saga, confirmed that the company is currently developing a hybrid GT 86 sports car for testing. According to him, the development is "quite advanced now" and that it is just awaiting a green light from top Toyota officials.

He also hinted that this GT 86 hybrid could use a combination of the hybrid systems currently used by Toyota in both road and track cars: "We are quite prepared because we do have a hybrid system that we can use for that kind of vehicle, utilizing the production passenger car hybrid system, and we also have the pure race-oriented hybrid system. So I think it won’t be very far in the future that the green light will come."

Still, it is pretty difficult to make any assumptions on the hybrid system that the GT 86 would use, because a boxer engine and an electric motor have never been combined in this manner. Also, the hybrid GT 86 would most likely retain a manual transmission "to maintain driver appeal," which can make tying the gas and electric components together even trickier. Because the batteries add significant weight, the initial plans have engineers putting the batteries as low as possible, which will lower the car’s center of gravity and allow it to retain its sporty feel.

Remember, folks, this is all still just in the "planning" phase and likely nothing has moved beyond computerized simulations, so don’t start placing orders just yet.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Toyota GT 86.

Source: Autocar

Though we are not totally infatuated with the GT 86 /FR-S /BRZ triplets like most auto guys, we do think that it is still one hell of a sports car. Our biggest complaints about the GT 86 include its engineered torque dip to help it feel sportier at high revs, super-slow 0-to-60 mph time with the autobox and a body style that seems a lot older than it actually is, but the good certainly outweighs the bad.

Now, when it comes to modified versions of the triplets, we are all in, as tuners are managing to extract some mighty numbers from this sport coupe. Fensport put together a few tuning kits for the GT 86 that have attracted the attention of several auto nuts, and Autocar went a step further by putting it on the track against the mighty McLaren 12C .

The Fensport racing-spec GT 86 manages to churn out 335 horsepower and tips the scales at just over 2,425 pounds, plus it’s got racing slicks, tons of downforce and an upgraded suspension system. But, is that enough to tackle the 12C and its 616-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-8 powerplant?

Check out the above video to see how the racing-spec GT 86 holds up against the McLaren .

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Toyota GT-86 Convertible

Recently, rumors were leading us to beileve that along with theturbo version, Toyota would also toss the idea of offering a convertible version of the GT 86 onto the scrap pile. Well, new details suggest that the GT 86 convertible is not stillborn; rather, it is simply in a holding pattern, according to Tatsuya Tada — the man behind the GT 86 project.

Previous rumors suggested that the model was canceled due to expected high manufacturing cost, but in a recent interview with the Australian magazine CarAdvice, Tada insisted that the project is still "under study."

Tada actually went so far as to confirm that another concept version of the GT 86 convertible will make its way to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, which kicks off on November 22nd. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the success of the coupe variant. In fact, we would be even more shocked to see the convertible model axed.

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Source: CarAdvice

A few weeks ago, word came out of the Goodwood Festival of Speed that Toyota was considering setting up a one-make race car series for the GT 86 .

What it probably didn’t know was that the car already has one, or at least, is set to have one.

Over in New Zealand, the Toyota TR 86, a racecar built using the online-only 86 RC model as its basis, was first introduced to the public at last weekend’s CRC Speedshow in Auckland.

More than just being a show car, the TR 86 is actually a turn-key competition race car that was designed and developed for use in a variety of racing competitions, including its on one-make racing series in New Zealand as granted by MotorSport New Zealand, the country’s FIA-appointed national sanctioning body.

As for the TR 86 itself, the car was built with the idea of using it as a tried-and-true race car. That entailed stripping it of all its amenities and fitting the full breadth of racing equipment, including: Sparco competition seats and race harnesses; an FIA-approved roll cage installed by Neil Allport Motorsports; racing brake rotors and calipers; and a set of 18-inch Speedline alloy wheels.

It’ll also use Motec’s new C125 color data screen and logger, a data system that provides access to a wide range of information about the car’s performance in any given practice, qualifying or race session.

Similarly, work was also done on the car’s engine using the standard Toyota management system with its proprietary software package. The racecar’s sump was also strengthened to ensure that no oil spills occur and it doesn’t surge under high cornering forces. No specific performance numbers were given but using the 86 Griffon Concept as a peg, we expect the TR 86 to have close to 300 horsepower under its hood, a number that is more than enough, considering that the TR 86, even with a full fuel load, only weighs 1,195 kg (2,634 pounds).

Click past the jump to read about the TR 86’s one-make racing series in New Zealand

Toyota GT 86 Griffon by TRD

If you asked us, we’ve always believed that it was only a matter of time before the Toyota GT 86 would have its own racing series.

That apparently is coming closer to fruition after a Toyota spokesman told Autocar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed that the brand’s resident sports coupe could make its racing debut in its own one-make racing series sooner rather than later.

Should discussions turn into reality, it should pave the way for the Toyota GT 86 TRD Griffon , which is in attendance at Goodwood, to go into production.

It’s still a one-off concept at the moment, a car Toyota and TRD developed to proudly highlight the racing credentials of the GT 86. It’s undergone extensive testing in Japan to make it fit for racing competition. It’s been reported that the Japanese automaker is trying to break a Ferrari lap time record with the Griffon Concept at an unnamed racing circuit in Japan.

Whether it breaks the record or not isn’t the important thing here. It’s the reported interest from Toyota to give the GT 86 its own racing series, something that we definitely would want to see.

Click past the jump to read about the Toyota GT 86 Griffon by TRD

Source: Autocar UK

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