Here in the U.S., we are prepping for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , on the other side of the globe, Japan is in the early stages of the first auto salon of the year, which is in Tokyo . While the Tokyo show will likely not be as big as the American show, there are plenty of makers set to show off some very cool vehicles.
On of them is this GRMN 86 concept that "incorporates the technical expertise gained through the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race." The first details offered on the concept suggest it will feature an updated powertrain, strengthened body, a lower center of gravity and a lower curb weight than a base Toyota GT86 .
The concept’s roof, hood and trunk are made from carbon fiber, while the windows are made from polycarbonate. Both of these materials help drop the GT86’s weight.
No details were released on the performance figures, but this new GRMN 86 concept also received sport-tuned suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes and a mechanical differential, so it will surely be more fun to drive.
Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota GT86.
2013 Toyota GT86
It took some time to see a production version of the Toyota GT86, but when it finally happened, the world got its crack a a truly affordable rear-wheel-drive sports coupe.
The GT86 was developed in cooperation with Subaru and is powered by a 2.0-liter, naturally-aspirated, flat-four engine that delivers a total of 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 pound-feet of torque at 6,600 rpm. The engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The GT86 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 140 mph.