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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

The 2014 truck season is in full swing, and some of the main manufacturers are launching all-new variants of their resident pickups. Chevrolet already released its new 2014 Silverado , and Ford is set to reveal its all-new 2015 F150 that will be based on the 2013 Atlas Concept .

Even SUVs are off to a good start, with the debut of the 2014 X5 and 2014 Range Rover Sport . Toyota has been waiting patiently for the pickup market to come back, and its is now set to launch the 2014 Tundra with "Truck Of The Year" aspirations.

The Tundra looks quite similar to last year’s model but if you look closer, you’ll find that it is loaded with improvements.

Toyota invited us to the woods of Georgia to test drive it and see how it does on and off the road, as well as with a trailer hitched to the back end.

Click past the jump to read what we think of it.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept

It looks like Toyota is feeling a little left out in the performance-brand realm. Honda has long used the Si line, Subaru has the STI line, BMW has its M-Series , Mercedes has its AMG lineup and Infiniti has its IPL line, but Toyota has never really had its own performance lineup. It looks like things are about to change for the Japanese automaker, as Auto Express interviewed Toyota of Europe’s VP, Karl Schlicht, and he claimed that "We’re currently discussing sport lines for Toyota models."

There is no mention of exactly what this new sub-brand would be called, but we — and everyone else — assume it will carry the TMG badge, which is short for Toyota Motorsport Gmbh — Toyota’s racing division. There is also no mention on whether this is a Europe-only project, or if Toyota has plans to extend this sub-brand to the U.S.

What the Toyota Europe VP did make clear was that the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R super-hatchback will not make its way to production. That’s really no huge surprise, but it is still a depressing confirmation for Toyota’s star of the Frankfurt Auto Show .

We’ll deliver more information as it becomes available.

Click past the jump to read about the most recent road-ready concept that TMG released at the Essen Motor Show, the TMG Sports 650 Concept.

Source: Auto Express
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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
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Toyota announced the 2014 Tacoma’s updates and revised pricing this week, and the best-selling Tacoma line actually has some meaningful interior tech for the new model year. Very modest price increases average only about $100 per model, so this is still one of the toughest-ever pickup trucks in its price range of $17,875 up to $28,000.

Available with three cab lengths, multiple bed sizes and plenty of trim levels: buying a Tacoma still takes some research to identify the best one for your needs. From stripped-out white work trucks up to the Baja-ready TRD Sport and TRD Off-road Double Cab models, the Tacoma range has something for everybody.

On the market since 2005 with a few nips/tucks along the way, the current-generation Tacoma is nicely styled but showing its age a bit with the giant clear headlamps and much less chrome up front than the F-150 and Silverado offer customers. The Tacoma is one of the top five most-supported vehicles on the aftermarket, with dozens of firms offering catalogs full of upgraded parts and equipment - so the lights are easily updated that way.

Toyota even gets involved heavily with the accessories and post-sale modifications, which means there is a bolt-on TRD Supercharger that can be bought and installed right from any local Toyota dealer - giving this pickup truck 320 pound-feet of torque and 296 horsepower from the 4.0 V-6 engine.

How does the refreshed Tacoma’s cabin tech rank versus the cheapest Ford F-150 ’s or the Nissan Frontier ?

Click past the jump for all the official updates and info about the 2014 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck line, which seats up to five people in its largest body style.

Toyota’s promise of showcasing its Le Mans hybrid technology on a road car will come to fruition at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , as it prepares to unveil the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept.

This new concept may seem unimposing when you read that it is based on a Yaris — blah — but save your judgement for something else because this is one sick miniature hatchback. With a TS030 -inspired drivetrain in tow that cranks out in excess of 400 ponies, this is not your typical grocery getter.

This bad boy will likely give plenty of supercars a run for their money while hauling a few gallons of milk, a loaf of bread and laundry detergent all at the same time. All of the details are not available yet, but Toyota has released all that we need to know to be able to chalk this one up and a certified bad-ass.

Toyota will unveil the concept on September 10th at 12:45 p.m. in Hall 8.

Updated 9/4/2013: Toyota has just released more images of the Yaris Hybrid-R. You can see them all in the gallery.

Click past the jump to read about the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R

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 .

Toyota is attempting to build excitement around one of the company’s longest-running and most conservative nameplates: the Corolla. It’s an uphill climb that started months ago with the 2013 Toyota Corolla Furia concept making the rounds at the major 2013 American auto shows and culminated with the official launch of the new `Rolla in Santa Monica. The redesign aims to bring some life back into the model after years of languishing while the entire Toyota lineup was redesigned around it.

The Corolla is a serious cash cow for Toyota , with 2012 sales reaching nearly 300,000 units, despite the lack of substantive changes since 2003. What’s the rush to replace a model whose tooling and engineering costs have long since been paid off? After eleven years, the 2014 model finally promises to bring the Corolla into the fold with modern electronics and styling, refined engines and more spacious dimensions all around.

Those expecting revolution will be mildly disappointed, but the changes are far deeper than a facelift in hopes of re-energizing what has become a laughing stock in the wider automotive enthusiast community. Desperate to ditch its beige image, the new Corolla promises to win back the boy-racer crowd that’s long-since abandoned the Corolla in favor of the mechanically similar Scion tC coupe or the rear-drive Scion FR-S .

With two solid sports models in the Scion corner of Toyota showrooms, does the new Corolla’s style risk alienating loyalists? Or do the new updates simply massage in a quieter ride, better infotainment tech and a bit more room in the back?

Ahead of the 2014’s arrival in early September, we’ve prepared a full review, image gallery and styling analysis of the new Corolla.

Update 8/27/2013: Toyota has just released the pricing details for the 2014 Corolla. It starts out at $16,800 and caps at $20,100, minus optional equipment. Se the specifics after the jump.

Update 10/7/2013: The 2014 Corolla just underwent testing from the IIHS, and it received a shockingly low "Marginal" score in the small-overlap test. See more after the jump.

Click past the jump for the full story.

Known for being one of the most durable pickups in the market, the Toyota Hilux has been one of Toyota’s most bankable vehicles.

It’s only fitting then that a special edition model of the renowned pickup is set to carry the name Hilux Invincible.

As the top-of-the-line grade of the Hilux lineup, the Invincible model will be made available on either an Extra Cab or Double Cab body styles and ‘Active’ or ‘Sport’ versions.

It’ll come with a host of exterior features that will be unique to the Invincible trim, highlighted by chrome detailing on the air intake, the fog lamp, and the rear lamp bezels. A silver front underguard was also added to complement all the chrome trim while "Invincible" badging is prominently displayed throughout the body to ensure nobody forgets this Hilux’s name.

If you get the Hilux Invincible Sport version, you also stand to receive chrome hi-bars and the option of availing a new set of 17-inch dual alloy wheels, and black leather-wrapped seats.

Adding to its distinctive looks, the interior of the Hilux Invincible also catches copious amounts of upgrades. Black fabric seats are particularly noticeable , as are the soft padded armrest, the leather-covered handbrake, the light grey roof lining, and scuff plates bearing the ’Invincible’ badge.

The Hilux Invincible is available with a pair of engine options, ranging from a 2.5-liter D-4D engine that develops 161 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with manual transmission and either 2WD or 4WD to a 3.0-liter D-4D unit that produces 169 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque.

Expect the Hilux Invincible to hit dealerships all over Europe beginning the later part of this year.

Click past the jump to read about the Toyota Hilux

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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.

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

Source: CarAdvice

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