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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.

The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 is set to make its world debut on November 28th at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. As expected, Toyota couldn’t keep it under wraps for too long, as the first images have leaked online. These images are pretty revealing too, as they give us a good look at the exterior and the interior of the newly redesigned SUV.

The 2013 RAV4 is rumored to come standard with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 178 horsepower and an optional 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 268 horsepower. There are rumors afloat that the 3.5-liter engine is on the chopping block for 2014, so we may only see one year with this as an option, if we see it in the RAV4 at all. Both engines are rumored to be mated to a new six-speed transmission replacing the current four-speed unit.

The 2013 RAV4 will be built on the same platform as the Camry and, as you can see from these first images, it will feature the same exterior styling cues as the 2013 Toyota Auris .

The new RAV4 will go into production in January 2013.

Source: Carstyleblog

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…

Let us know what you think!

Toyota Supra

We have heard all kinds of rumors about the potential of a new Toyota Supra. The latest one, which comes from The Detroit Bureau, is that the new Supra may be an all-electric model.

Apparently, this rumor was started by Tetsuya Tada — chief engineer on the Scion FR-S program – during his interview with Asia One. According to Tada, Toyota will be offering successors for both the Supra and the MR-2 , with the most expensive one being the one offered first. However, both will arrive in the next five years.

Tetsuya Tada tried to keep quiet on the powertrains used for the two models, but he did indicate that Toyota "will become more experimental." He pointed out that Toyota may be using Tesla Tesla to provide a battery-based drivetrain for a new Supra. In fact, the Japanese company is developing a 3-Series competitor that would make use of the same flexible platform found in the Model S.

We’ll find out if the next Supra is going to be offered with an electric powertrain in the upcoming months, so stay tuned!

Yes, you read that right: an electric Toyota GT 86 built by TGMY (based in Osaka, Japan) was taken to the famous Suzuka Circuit where it set an impressive lap time of 2 minutes and 57 seconds.

To create this electric GT 86 , TGMY replaced the standard 2.0 liter, naturally-aspirated petrol engine with an electric motor that develops a total of 100 HP and 177 lbs-ft of torque. The electric motor takes its power from a 37kWh Lithium Polymer battery pack that offers an autonomy of 250 kilometers, or 155 miles. However, because of the electric motor, the GT 86 is about 202 kilos (445 lbs) heavier than the standard GT 86.

Enjoy the video and let us know if you would like Toyota to create an electric GT 86.

Toyota GT 86

Should we be surprised Toyota is considering a hybrid version for their latest GT 86 sports car? No, we think not! In an interview with TopGear, GT68’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada confirmed that Toyota is indeed considering a more powerful version for the GT86 - a model that could feature a hybrid powertrain.

And if you thought he was talking about the usual power-train seen in the Prius you were wrong. He said that the hybrid GT 86 will combine the usual 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-four engine with a KERS system that will recover energy during braking. This system will help the car delivering an impressive 300 HP and will significantly improve the performance numbers.

However, Tetsuya Tada said a final decision will be made in the upcoming future, so stay tuned for more details.

Source: TopGear

Anytime you can add the word "rowdy" to the special edition tag of a car, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do it.

That’s exactly what Kyle Busch and Detroit Speed & Engineering did to the Toyota Camry SE . Named after Busch’s "Rowdy" handle on the NASCAR circuit, the Rowdy Edition Camry was made to exude an abundance of style and substance.

There’s no denying that this Camry doesn’t look the part of a regular model, something Busch wanted to do to make the car stand out. Together with DSE, the Nascar driver decided to give the Camry SE a slew of body modifications, including the official "Rowdy" colors — red, white, and black — to go with a hand-formed, custom widebody kit; custom front and rear belly pans; DSE-designed and fabricated front air splitter and rear air diffuser; a custom, true dual exhaust system; and a new set of 18-inch Formula 43 RAD14 wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich G-Force Sport Comp 2 tires.

Inside, Busch and DSE made use of red and black leather Lexus IS F bucket seats while also adding an Advent Otocam3 DVD with rear-seat Michael Neighbors monitors.

Needless to say, Busch appears to be impressed with his body of work, calling the car something that "we should run at Daytona and Talladega.”

“Our approach to the build was to make a car with the stance, attitude and handling of a road-race car while retaining the functionality of a production Camry,” Busch adds.

The Rowdy Edition Camry will be going to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show as part of the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. Together with its three other competitors — Clint Bowyer’s Tekked-Out Prius, Alexis DeJoria’s converted Tundra, and Antron Brown’s modified Sequoia — the car will vie for the title and the $50,000 check from Toyota that will go to the driver’s chosen charity, which, in the case of Busch, will be the Kyle Busch Foundation.

UPDATE 11/09/12: Big congratulations to Kyle Busch’s Toyota Camry Rowdy Edition for winning the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show!

NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer should be feeling good these days. Fresh off of his third NASCAR Sprint Cup win of the season in Charlotte, Bowyer is ready to conquer another challenge.

Instead of riding to another victory on the track, Bowyer was part of the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge where he went up against fellow NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria, and NHRA Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown to build the ultimate race car.

For Bowyer, his offering is called the "Tekked-Out" Prius, which as the name suggests, is far from the mundane Prius you see gallivanting on the streets these days. Together with RKM Performance Center, Bowyer went to work on the Prius, describing the theme of his creation as a "young, sophisticated global thinker meets a connected, socially conscious traveler."

As far as modifications go, the "Tekked Out" Prius received two custom body kits, a new custom Toyota grille and intake inserts, custom airbrush graphics and stenciling, and a set of EVOD wheels.

The folks at RKM Performance also performed major electronic modifications on the Prius, highlighted by a new 17-inch custom touchscreen with a built-in Windows 7 computer, two ASUS 12-inch tablets, and a side-view camera system that takes the place of the old factory mirrors. On top of that, Bowyer and RKM Performance also installed 45 feet of fiber-optic lighting, and a 16-speaker JBL audio system with two amplifiers and six crossovers to help brighten the mood and please the eardrums inside the Prius.

The interior also received a number of luxury touches, including 10 hides of custom leather, two hides of premium designer suede, 9 yards of Alcantara suede, 5 yards of imported German carpet, and two spools of electric blue stitching accents.

Finally, Bowyer wanted to give his creation some racing attitude and set out to do so by installing a set of Megan Racing springs and shocks to bring the hybrid down to a ride height "lower than a Sprint Cup car."


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