Toyota GT86

Toyota GT86

When Toyota re-entered the affordable sports car market with the GT-86 , they definitely didn’t tell us about how extensive their plans really were for the car. Turns out, it’s more than just a sports coupe; it also has plenty of race car iterations.

Their latest race car spec for the GT 86 is called the CS-V3 Racer, a race car that’s been built to compete in the V3 class of the VLN series.

In order to give it all the right specs needed for competition, Toyota gave the GT 86 CS-V3 a new racing exhaust, a track-focused suspension, high-performance brakes, and a stronger chassis with optimized weight distribution. Under the hood, the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder model can be found with an output of 200 horsepower.

For all intents and purposes, the 86 CS-V3 has been described as "an entry-level race car for easy maintenance, low running costs and great fun", something Yoshiaki Kinoshita, TMG President, has described as a car that’s ideally suited for production-based motorsport.

"We want to share the passion of motorsport with as many people as possible and this car is the result," Kinoshita said.

"It already looks fantastic and has superb handling, so with further performance and safety upgrades we have created a really exciting and competitive car which is extremely cost effective."

The Toyota GT-86 CS-V3 has been priced at €38,500, which is around $47,850 at the current exchange rates.

If it’s not obvious, Chris Harris is a rather respected member of our little automotive club here. When he tests out something, he really pushes it to the max and lets us know exactly what he thinks in plain old English. We don’t always agree with him, but we do always respect what he has to say.

In his latest video, he has put a car that he fell in love with the moment he sat in the driver’s seat, the Toyota GT 86 (Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ to us America-based folks), against the Nissan 370Z , and a Porsche Cayman S. Sure, the Cayman S is a lot more car, but the one he’s driving has 77,000 miles on the ticker, so it’s been pretty well thrashed around.

We did a similar test just a few days ago, but we sadly didn’t get to whip all of the cars around a twisty back road, and we actually placed the Scion FR-S and Subaru Subaru BRZ fairly low on our list – behind the 370Z. Our test was slightly different that Chris’, as it involved more cars and we have a slightly different opinion of what is fun to drive about a sports car, but is there a possibility that Chris may come to our side of the table and pick the 370Z over the Toyota GT 86?

You’re going to have to check out the video above to see exactly what his final decision was. Whether you agree with him or not you get to have one heck of a time watching him wail on these cars.

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The fellas over at Speedhunters.com have found a pretty good way to spend their time. Together with KW, the two companies have paired up to build a special Toyota GT-86 drift car that comes with a ridiculous body kit and an even more ridiculous Toyota Supra engine. It even has a cool new name: the 86X.

To give the car a decidedly drifty look, Speedhunters and KW fitted a TRA Kyoto 6666 Customs GT Rodeo Special Rocket Bunny wide body prototype fender conversion on the sports car to go with a new livery design that was done by the fine folks over at As Technical University. In order to give the car a full drifting dress down, the entire interior was modified to serve its drifting purpose. Instead of the usual digs that come with a GT-86, KW and Speedhunters took all the unneeded components out in favor of FIA seats, a GS Performance steering wheel, a Takata FIA harnesses, an automatic circuit breaker setup, custom dashboard switches, a throttle pedal assembly, and a custom steering column.

The 86X Drift Car will also be set up with two different 2JZ-GTE Supra engines, one of which produces 640 horsepower and 605 lb/ft of torque. The second engine - a 3.4-liter 2JZ-GTE Supra engine - will produce a staggering 800 horsepower and 738 lb/ft of torque. The powertrain is then mated to a four-speed transmission from Mid-Valley. The car also uses an Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) triple disc race clutch and an ACT custom flywheel, a driveshaft courtesy of Ingar at Powertrain, and rear axles by The Driveshaft Shop.

All in all, the project took only 37 days to finish and has already competed in a number of drift competitions in Europe.

The Toyota GT 86 is becoming a favorite race car for a lot of upcoming racing series and apparently, it’s headed for another one.

The Japanese automaker recently announced that they’re bringing their new sports coupe to the Production Class of the British 24-hour Endurance Race. It will see action dressed with a livery inspired by the 1980’s British Touring Car Championship-winning AE86 Corolla GT. As it currently stands, the car is still under development at the Buckinghamshire Technical Center of GPRM, these are the same folks responsible for building the BTCC Toyota Avensis racer from a few years ago.

Full specifications have not yet been revealed, but according to Toyota, the race-spec GT 86 will carry a host of racing modifications that the company explains will turn the sports car into a "competitive track machine" that will retain as much of the production version’s specification as possible.

"We are concentrating our efforts on stripping back the chassis, lightening and strengthening it and of course equipping it with a roll cage and all the other safety gear required, as well as quick-refuelling equipment," said GPRM’s Gary Blackham.

"Other than that, the GT86 will remain essentially in road car form."

Since the British 24 Hour Endurance Race won’t begin until the weekend of September 22nd at the Silverstone Grand Prix, we’ll have more time to find out more about this race-spec GT 86 race car before it makes its endurance debut.

You really didn’t think that we could go a year without Wald International getting their hands on a Toyota GT-86 , did you?

Turns out, they didn’t wait until the last part of 2012 to let everyone know that they are, in fact, working on the Toyota sports coupe. Now, the program isn’t complete yet, but these photos, which the Japanese tuner released, certainly give us an idea of what those guys have been working on.

The aero kit appears to include a slew of new components, including a more aggressive front apron, new side skirts, and front fender vent parts. Over at the back, there’s a new spoiler that’s attached to the car’s boot, a new rear apron that connects to an integral diffuser, and a departure from the dual exhaust set-up in favor of a quad-pipe exhaust system. Finally, a new set of wheels have been fitted to the GT-86 while a lowered sports suspension gives the car a racy look.

Wald International will have more to do on this car with the Japanese tuner earmarking an end of 2012 release of the program. Be sure to wait for that because we’re certainly expecting something impressive from Wald.

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 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.

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