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The 2017 Toyota 86 comes intact with a mild price increase

With the exception of the soon-to-be-released, limited production, Scion tC Release Series 10.0, and one final display at the New York Auto Show, Scion is pretty much history. Even though the brand will be no more, some of its cars will live on. The most exciting of the bunch – the Scion FR-S – will now wear a Toyota badge. The name is also changing, moving away from FR-S. Rather. The car is going to live on as the Toyota 86, and we’ve just received the first official information and images of the new 86, along with confirmation that it will debut at the New York Auto Show along with the Toyota C-HR Concept.

Toyota Division Group Vice President, Bill Fay, said, “When we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota we hadn’t planned on changing the names of our cars, but by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86.” He continued, “Enthusiasts have a strong association with the front-engine, rear-drive heritage of the ‘hachi-roku’ and the dynamic performance it offers.”

So, will the 86 be all show and no go like the FR-S, or will Toyota step its game up and make the 86 the driver’s car it should be? Well, Toyota did mention some upgrades, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that. The Toyota 86 will hit Dealership showrooms this fall, but before then – and before its debut in New York – let’s take a good look at the pre-release materials that Toyota sent our way.

Update 08/22/2016: Toyota has announced pricing for the 2017 Toyota 86. Check out the "Prices" section below for details.

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Toyota Celebrates 86 Years of Le Mans By Dressing Up Its GT86 Models

Toyota Celebrates 86 Years of Le Mans By Dressing Up Its GT86 Models

Special liveries harken back to some of Toyota’s most memorable Le Mans racers

As an automaker that has a long and proud history racing at Le Mans, Toyota is celebrating the race’s 86th installment by dressing a trio of GT86 sports coupes in the colors of some of its most iconic LMP1 racers. In an intentional move, Toyota unveiled the three dressed up sports coupes, called the 86 Le Mans Heritage, on June 8, or the eighth day of the year’s sixth month: 8-6. The puns are heavy on these three special edition GT86 models.

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Chief Engineer of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Says No Turbo for You - Not in this Generation, Buddy

Chief Engineer of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Says No Turbo for You - Not in this Generation, Buddy

Maybe it’s time to let the dream go

It’s been over five years since the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ hit the market, and if you’re still hoping to see turbocharged versions of each sports car anytime soon, you have a better chance of seeing Ferrari build a four-cylinder hatchback. It’s not happening. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever — at least not in this generation, anyway.

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Video of the Day: Somebody Crammed a BMW M5 5.0-liter V-10 into a Toyota 86

Video of the Day: Somebody Crammed a BMW M5 5.0-liter V-10 into a Toyota 86

The results are as spectacular as they sound

The Toyota GT86 is not the most powerful sports car on the market. Some will even say that its lack of top-flight performance car power is its biggest drawback. As disappointing as that is, the 86 does have a few things going for it, including its ability to be easily customized. Over the years, we’ve seen tuners of all shapes and sizes work on the Toyota sports to varying degrees of success. Now, we turn our attention to Australian tuner Zoom Garage and how it was able to turn the 86 into a Time Attack conqueror with the help of an old BMW engine.

This tuning job isn’t your typical cut-and-paste cosmetic work. In giving the 86 the chops to be competitive in a Time Attack race setting, Zoom didn’t just slap on a turbocharger on the 86’s four-cylinder engine or drop an LS crate engine. It had to get creative in giving it enough power to compete in Sydney’s World Time Attack Challenge. So it turned its attention to BMW’s 5.0-liter S85 V-10 engine, the same mill that’s found in older models of the BMW M5 and M6.

Once the work of putting the S85 engine into the Toyota 86 started, Zoom faced a few challenges, including the task of trying to find the right balance in weight that wouldn’t compromise the 86’s performance abilities. The tuning shop went to work on modifying the engine, which included installing a lightweight air intake to save weight and customizing the transmission tunnel to make the engine fit into the engine bay. When everything was done, the tuner managed to cut about 25 kilos off of the engine’s weight, ensuring that it weighed just 10 kilos heavier than the 86’s original flat-four engine. Added upgrades to the fuel pump and injector, modifications with a dry sump setup, and the addition of fuel cell at the back ensured that the car achieved a 52/48 weight ratio. The result yielded positive results for Zoom Racing in more ways than one. All you need to do is watch the video and listen to the engine’s wailing noise. You don’t get that kind rip roar on the 86’s stock four-cylinder engine.

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Hagerty Has These 2017-2018MY Cars On Track To Be Future Collectibles

Hagerty Has These 2017-2018MY Cars On Track To Be Future Collectibles

Now may be the time to scoop up any one of these cars

2017 has been quite the year for the automotive industry. We’ve seen hypercars make their debuts. We’ve seen incredible advancements and electrification and autonomous driving technology. Heck, we’ve even seen deceased brands come back to life - shout out to TVR! - with a vengeance. One of the best parts of all these releases is that at some point, some of them will inevitably skip the depreciation curve and become collectible cars. The trick is figuring out which ones will be able to navigate down that road, and if you’re trying to do that, there’s no better source of authority in matters pertaining to the collector car market than Hagerty.

It’s safe to say that when the insurance company talks, all of our ears perk up. If it says that one of today’s models is on the inside track to be a future classic, there’s a good chance that it could turn into one. Ok, so enough small talk. Hagerty’s has already released its picks of 2017-2018 models that are trending on the right path. It’s not a guarantee that these cars will earn collectible status in the future, but having Hagerty’s stamp of approval goes a long way in shaping the opinions of car collectors all over the world.

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Halloween Special – “Costumed” Cars

Halloween Special – “Costumed” Cars

These rides aren’t what they seem…

I don’t think I’m alone in recognizing Halloween as one of the best holidays ever. In addition to pumpkin carving and excessive amounts of candy consumption, it’s an excuse to dress up in costume, giving us one day out of the year to become whoever (or whatever) we want. Of course, sometimes, this charade continues regardless of what the calendar says, even in the automotive world. Indeed, there are many cars out there right now masquerading as something other than what they really are. For whatever reason, these cars are draped in a costume that hides what they truly are underneath.

Carmakers do this for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s because two car companies collaborate on a project and create something together. Sometimes, one car company adopts the bones of another brand’s car and slaps on new badges. Whatever the case, we’ve assembled here a list of dressed-up cars to keep you from getting tricked, no matter how sweet the treat might be. Read on to learn more, and don’t hesitate to provide your own examples of “Costumed” cars in the comments!

And oh yeah –

Happy Halloween!

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Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy these performance cars

Times like this, picking a sports car can get a little tricky, especially when money is no object. The range of options cuts across different segments and if you really want to make an impression, the cost of getting one could run up in the seven figures. But for those who don’t have the proverbial “unli-funds” at their disposal, buying a sports car becomes a little bit more difficult. For one, a large number of options are pulled off of the table because of their costs. Then there’s the prospect of availability.

But there is some good news. Just because money’s tight, doesn’t mean that the market becomes slim pickings. Far from it actually. Just lower those expectations, and you might find themselves having more than enough options to consider. And, since we’re in the business of helping others out, we’ve put up a list of some sweet performance rides that buyers can score for less than $50,000. I’m purposefully leaving out performance hatchbacks out of this list because they’re an entirely different category of their own. So we’re going with coupes and sedans, some of which can go as cheap as $20,000 while others can max out at or near the $50,000. The point is that they’re affordable and can put buyers one step closer to finally scoring that long-awaited performance car purchase.

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2017 Toyota GR HV Sports Concept

2017 Toyota GR HV Sports Concept

Do we see hints of the upcoming Supra?!

Toyota is the largest automaker in the world, even outpacing Volkswagen this year with over 7 million units sold across a plethora of markets. But, despite the huge volume of automobiles Toyota pumps out annually, picking a true-blue sports car from its lineup is a little limited. Very limited, actually, with just a single performance model on offer in the form of the Toyota GT86. Don’t get us wrong – we’re big fans of the little two-door coupe, and we’re quite happy that it exists. That said, we think Toyota has the means to offer us at least a few more options, don’t you? Now, it looks like we might get just that, as Toyota appears to be gearing up for the release of the next-generation Supra. While details on that are rooted in rumor, Toyota could be offering a glimpse at things to come with this new concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Dubbed the GR HV Sports Concept, it’s a compact two-door with eccentric styling, a hybrid powertrain, and an odd H-pattern automatic gearbox.

Intrigued? So are we. Toyota frames it as “a new way to enjoy cars by integrating the thrill of a sports car with the environmental friendliness of an eco-car.” We see it as a chance for Toyota to instill the brand with a little more adrenaline. Read on for the details.

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Jennings Motor Group Renders 10 Everyday Family Cars As Supercars

Jennings Motor Group Renders 10 Everyday Family Cars As Supercars

Injecting your routine with extra excitement

From wide body kits to free flowing exhaust kits, carbon fiber interior vinyl wraps to oversized rear wings, there’s no shortage of aftermarket options when it comes to making the family errand-runner as close as possible to looking like a full-fledged supercar. But what if we could snap our fingers and turn that commonplace commuter into a seven-figure eater of worlds capable of hanging with the best from Ferrari, Porsche, and Koenigsegg? That’s exactly what Jennings Motor Group did with these 10 everyday family cars, now rendered to supercar stardom.

Included in the list are favorites from the likes of Mini, Renault, Fiat, Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota, Smart, Kia, Tesla, and Lada, each of which was blessed with the traditional supercar stance and more sharp ends than a needle factory. Some make a little more sense than the others, but regardless, we think the renderings look badass, and wouldn’t mind if the respective automakers took the hint that more supercars are indeed always welcome. Of course, we want to know – do these renderings for it for you as well? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments, but before you post, check out all 10 renderings after the jump.

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The Toyota GT 86 Re-Establishes Its Claim As The King Of Endurance Drifting

The Toyota GT 86 Re-Establishes Its Claim As The King Of Endurance Drifting

Japanese sports coupe goes 100 miles in constant drifting

The Toyota GT86 has had a very interesting life since it burst onto the scene in 2012. It’s captivated and frustrated people from all corners of the world, and to this day, it still finds a way to make headlines. In fact, the 86’s latest news-grabbing episode has all to do with the Guinness Book of World Records, specifically the car etching its name into rarefied air by setting a new record for the world’s longest drift, going a distance of 102.5 miles with its tail out and eclipsing the previous record of 89 miles.

South African journalist Jesse Adams takes the distinction of piloting the 86 in the record slide, upending German racer Harald Müller’s record-setting attempt in 2014, which he set while drifting… a Toyota GT86. So basically, the GT86 beat the GT86 for the record, an achievement not lost on anyone who swears by the coupe’s ability to kick its rear out for extended periods of time. The record has yet to be verified by representatives from the Guinness world records, but all signs point to it getting the nod since the model that was used was largely stock in configuration except for the larger fuel tank that was put in place in the spare-tire well. So once more, all hail the Toyota GT86 as the kind of endurance drifting. I’d say it’s a title that the car isn’t too keen on giving up anytime soon.

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Petrolicious Takes A Look At One Man's Passion For The Toyota 86, Both New And Old: Video

Petrolicious Takes A Look At One Man’s Passion For The Toyota 86, Both New And Old: Video

All that’s missing is the tofu

Some cars are just so incredibly good, they manage to transcend time itself. The Toyota AE86 is one such car. Made in the ‘80s using tin cans and old plastic bottles, the AE86 sought driving nirvana via an age-old formula – engine up front, power in the back, and very little weight in between. The recipe worked wonders, giving birth to one of the most iconic enthusiasts’ cars to ever hail from the Land of the Rising Sun. And that’s saying quite a lot. It was so good, in fact, Toyota decided to give it an encore several decades later. Southern California resident Ron Ng owns an example of both the new and old 86, and Petrolicious decided to highlight them both in this eight-and-a-half-minute video.

If you wanna be specific about it, Ng owns a 2017 Toyota 86 and a 1986 Toyota Corolla GTS. Both are finished in a classic white and black two-tone panda paint scheme, offer cog swaps through a three-pedal manual transmission, and equip high-revving four-cylinder engines under the hood.

But the similarities don’t end there. “Driving the new Toyota 86, it definitely has the characteristics of driving the older Corolla,” Ng says. And just like the old Corolla, the new 86 isn’t about burnouts and quarter-mile times. “It’s a momentum car. You always have to push it. You’ve gotta learn your brakes points properly to keep your RPMs up,” he explains, later adding, “The new 86 is a tool that teaches you how to achieve a high driving IQ.”

Which would you rather have? Let us know in the comments. And don’t forget to check out our review of the new 86 here.

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Top Gear Is Finally Getting A Proper Reasonably-Priced Car

Top Gear Is Finally Getting A Proper Reasonably-Priced Car

Like everything else from last season, that Mini Cooper rally car was a flop

It seems that the BBC is serious about wiping the slate clean with Top Gear, isn’t it? It feels that way after last year’s tumultuous season, and now, a new report indicates that even the car used in the “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car” segment will also be new to the show. Yep, say goodbye to that ill-fated Mini rallycross car used in last year’s segment.

For the 24th season of the motoring show, British tabloid The Sun is reporting that the show will revert to the reasonably-priced car segment, doing away with the rally format that was reportedly the brainchild of departed host Chris Evans. Just as important, the segment will also have a new reasonably-priced car in the form of the Toyota GT86.

To be fair, Evans’ “Star in a Rallycross Car” segment had its share of laughs, but it steered so far from the spirit of the original segment that it felt a little too gimmicky, a word that could also be used to describe the whole Evans era of the show, short-lived as it was.

So now, we have the Toyota GT86 that’s reportedly going to be the new reasonably-priced car that the show’s guests will take turns driving. It’s a good choice on paper and an even better one when you consider that its predecessors included the likes of the Kia Cee’d, Vauxhall Astra, and the immortal Suzuki Liana, which to this day is still being used when the guests are Formula One race car drivers.

The Toyota GT86 is clearly a better representation of Top Gear and it can also be described as a reasonably-priced car. Even better, upcoming guests will not only have the Stig as their instructor, but also Chris Harris, who himself is considered a pretty good driver, even by motor racing standards.

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A Toyota Exec Just Confirmed The Second-Generation 86

A Toyota Exec Just Confirmed The Second-Generation 86

The Japanese sports car will return, hopefully with a lot more power

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that the Toyota 86 sports car has been everything Toyota hoped it would be, warts and all. It’s never been the most appealing sports car of its market, but it did give the Japanese auto giant entry into a segment that it hasn’t been in since the last legs of the Toyota MR-2 back in 2007.

Good news then for fans of the 86 because Toyota has reportedly given the green light to develop the second-generation model of the sports car. Speaking with Autocar, Toyota’s European boss, Karl Schlicht, said that the second-guess 86 has been penciled in to arrive in 2019, slotting below the Supra successor that itself is on track to make its debut in 2018.

Details are still scarce on how Toyota wants to proceed with the development of the second-generation 86. At this point, it’s hard to expect anything in the way of details since the company is probably still in the process of hashing those out itself. Even Subaru’s involvement is still a mystery at this point and without a clear-cut response from either company, expect that to be one of the most talked-about facets of the second-generation 86, especially after the extent both companies co-developed the first-generation model, right do its styling and mechanical characteristics.

For his part, Schlict is hopeful that a partnership between the two Japanese brands continues, saying that there are “a lot of reasons to continue with Subaru.”

However the dominoes fall, it is reassuring to hear a Toyota higher-up vouch for plans to develop the second-generation 86. Now it’s all about waiting for more details and hoping that a lot of the real or perceived issues of the existing model will be addressed by the next-generation version.

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2017 Toyota 86 Solar Orange Limited

2017 Toyota 86 Solar Orange Limited

Once again, it’s exclusive to the Japanese market in limited quantities

It seems like we’ve been down this road before, doesn’t it? A special edition Toyota 86 that’s exclusive to the Japanese market is nothing new and yet, as often as our friends in Japan get these limited edition 86s, we haven’t had as much luck in that regard. In any event, a new limited-run Toyota 86 is fresh from the oven over there in Japan, and it’s promising, among other things, improved braking, sharper handling, and a special edition paint color. It’s called the Toyota 86 Solar Orange Limited and yes, it’s not coming to the States.

The upgrades themselves didn’t turn the 86 Solar Orange Limited into a full-blown performance car, but in the technical sense, they helped create a better driving experience for those who are willing to spend the money for the car. In a lot of ways, it’s similar to past special edition 86s that have made their way into Japan, including the 86 Yellow Limited and the curiously designed 86 Style CB. The latter is arguably the most unique of the three examples, but the Solar Orange limited is different too in some respects. The Creamsicle paint finish, for example, is exclusive to this edition, as is Toyota’s new High Performance package, which adds a number of functionally useful components that help improve the 86’s overall driving and handling experience.

Toyota didn’t say how many examples of the 86 Solar Orange Limited it plans to build, opting only to say that pricing starts at 3,251,880 yen for the manual transmission model and 3,318,840 yen for the automatic transmission model. Based on current exchange rates, those prices convert to around $29,400 and $30,000, respectively. Interested customers have only between January 31 to March 10, 2017 to place their orders, after which Toyota will likely stop production to retain its overall exclusivity.

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2017 Toyota Motorsport GT86 CS-Cup

2017 Toyota Motorsport GT86 CS-Cup

Toyota brings race-spec 86 to SEMA, takes it back to Japan for one-make series

The Toyota GT86 — also known as the 86 in North America and Asia — was launched in early 2012 as a two-door sports car of fairly compact dimensions. The result of a collaboration between Toyota and Subaru, the coupe was originally sold under three brands: the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S (the latter was discontinued in 2016). The sports car is available with just one engine, a 2.0-liter boxer provided by Subaru, the same company that manufactures the GT86 in Japan. Received with great enthusiasm and awarded with several titles in 2012, the GT86 was criticized in recent years for the lack of drivetrain upgrades and a turbocharged engine. Although Toyota gave the GT86 a mid-cycle facelift for 2017, the drivetrain carried over unchanged save for the additional five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque added by the revised manual transmission.

At the 2016 SEMA Show, Toyota finally unveiled a more powerful version of the GT86, dubbed CS-Cup, developed by its Motorsport division. However, the vehicle wasn’t designed as a road-going production model, but for a one-make racing series in Japan. What’s it doing at the SEMA Show, you ask? Well, the company said it "wanted to bring it here to inspire, innovate, and excite." Needless to say, the CS-Cup arrival on U.S. soil was pretty exciting, but it quickly became upsetting at the thought that Toyota still doesn’t want to give us a higher performance model.

We can still dream though...

Back to car in question, the CS-Cup is the third race-spec GT86 is a series of vehicles that came to life in 2012, when Toyota Motorsport launched the CS-V3 VLN. It was followed by the CS-R3 rally car in 2015, and now the CS-Cup. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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2017 Toyota 86 – Driving Impression And Review

2017 Toyota 86 – Driving Impression And Review

So much fun, it should be illegal

What’s it take to create a car for “enthusiasts?” What are the ingredients? Truth be told, there are plenty of four-wheeled recipes out there if you wanna stir up some excitement, but sometimes, what you really need is that classic combo of two doors, power in the rear, low weight, and faultless poise in the twisty bits. Considered traditional fare amongst those with a taste for gas-powered adrenaline, modern interpretations usually carry a price tag that’s out of reach for most. Not so with the 2017 86. Toyota frames it as an affordable sport compact coupe engineered for switchbacks rather than straightaways, taking aim at the kind of person who lives for canyon runs rather than stoplight drags. Tossable, controllable, and above all, fun – these are the things that make this kind of car go, and thankfully, Toyota hasn’t strayed from the original recipe.

I recently got a chance to drive the 2017 86 in its native environment – winding, deserted two-lanes stretching towards some far-flung mountaintop. But the question is this – will the new 86 satisfy, or leave a bitter taste in your mouth?

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2017 Toyota 86

2017 Toyota 86

The 2017 Toyota 86 comes intact with a mild price increase

With the exception of the soon-to-be-released, limited production, Scion tC Release Series 10.0, and one final display at the New York Auto Show, Scion is pretty much history. Even though the brand will be no more, some of its cars will live on. The most exciting of the bunch – the Scion FR-S – will now wear a Toyota badge. The name is also changing, moving away from FR-S. Rather. The car is going to live on as the Toyota 86, and we’ve just received the first official information and images of the new 86, along with confirmation that it will debut at the New York Auto Show along with the Toyota C-HR Concept.

Toyota Division Group Vice President, Bill Fay, said, “When we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota we hadn’t planned on changing the names of our cars, but by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86.” He continued, “Enthusiasts have a strong association with the front-engine, rear-drive heritage of the ‘hachi-roku’ and the dynamic performance it offers.”

So, will the 86 be all show and no go like the FR-S, or will Toyota step its game up and make the 86 the driver’s car it should be? Well, Toyota did mention some upgrades, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more about that. The Toyota 86 will hit Dealership showrooms this fall, but before then – and before its debut in New York – let’s take a good look at the pre-release materials that Toyota sent our way.

Update 08/22/2016: Toyota has announced pricing for the 2017 Toyota 86. Check out the "Prices" section below for details.

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2016 Toyota GT 86 By Street FX

2016 Toyota GT 86 By Street FX

Makes other tuning programs look tame by comparison

When Toyota released the GT 86 in 2012, there was one notable complaint about it. As awesome as it looked, its 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine didn’t leave a lot to the imagination. In other words, it felt underpowered and owners of the car had to go to the aftermarket route if they wanted to get more out of the 2.0-liter engine. Well, a lot of owners have done just that, including Australian tuner StreetFX, which cooked up a plan to replace the sports car’s stock four-cylinder engine with a 3.8-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine belonging to none other than the Nissan R35 GT-R,. The goal, according to StreetFX, was to make this GT 86 that it’s preparing for its owner Mark Trueno the first of its kind to have an output in excess of 1,000 horsepower.

Those numbers don’t lie; that’s really what Street FX is shooting for. It’s ambitious, but history has shown that ambition is nothing compared to a tuning firm that’s determined to see its work through. That’s what we get here as Street FX is turning no stone unturned in accomplishing its objective.

Like most project cars, the development of this GT 86 follows a long and complicated history. Even before the decision to switch the engines was made, StreetFX had already made modifications to the sports car’s four-cylinder engine, squeezing out 545 horsepower in the process. But as is the case with people who don’t settle, Trueno thought that he could get more out his already potent GT 86 by taking out its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and replacing with the GT-R’s twin-turbo V-6 on top of all the modifications that came after that.

The car’s tuning is not done yet and I can imagine that there will be more upgrades in place before Street FX finally celebrates its completion. In the mean time, let it all sink in. A Toyota GT 86 that can produce more than 1,000 horsepower is delightfully absurd in every which way imaginable.

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2017 Toyota 86 TRD

2017 Toyota 86 TRD

Toyota’s performance division launches first update for the new 86 coupe

Launched in 2012, the 86 is a sports car that resulted from a collaboration between Japanese manufacturers Toyota and Subaru. Launched alongside its identical siblings, the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S — the latter discontinued in 2016 — the 86 is sold globally with a Subaru-developed, 2.0-liter boxer engine and either a manual or automatic transmission. The coupe was updated for the 2017 model year, receiving revised exterior elements, various interior upgrades, chassis tweaks, and a mild power bump for models equipped with the manual gearbox.

Less than six months have passed since Toyota unleashed the upgraded 86, and the brand’s performance and motorsport division, Toyota Racing Development (TRD), has already launched its very own package for the coupe. Consisting mostly of a race-inspired body kit and a handful of chassis options, the new TRD upgrade is perfect for those looking to turn their 86s into a car more suitable toy for weekends at the race track.

Unfortunately, the package comes with two drawbacks. Those that were hoping for a more powerful engine will be disappointed, while those who are anxious to place an order need to know that the upgrade isn’t available outside Japan as of this writing. Toyota will most likely make it available in other markets as well, but until that happens, let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table.

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Toyota Has BMW M And Mercedes AMG In Its Sights

Toyota Has BMW M And Mercedes AMG In Its Sights

At least someone over at Toyota has the right idea

Toyota has had a pretty wild and successful history and in 2013 the company fell just $20,000 shy of crossing the annual sales threshold of more than $10 million. The company is still doing well as of the time of this writing, but it did just recently absorb the Scion brand due to poor sales. Toyota has always been one of the go-to brands for economy cars like the Corolla and the Camry, so the Scion brand didn’t stand much of a chance, but what happened to the days when Toyota had a few exciting cars too? Well, those days might be coming back if Toyota’s lead engineer for the Toyota 86 – Tetsuya Tada – has anything to say about it.

In a recent interview with CarAdvice Tada admitted that he was on a mission to convince Toyota to create a performance division. I know you’re probably thinking “what about TRD?” right? Well TRD is so invested in trucks at the moment that Toyota needs something else. If you don’t believe me, just look at how little TRD did to the 2015 Toyota TRD Corolla, the 2015 Toyota TRD Camry, and the 2016 Toyota Yaris TRD Sportivo – all three were about as disappointing as finding out that your wife is cheating on you. The future may hold something better, though, as Tada wants to absorb Gazoo Racing just like BMW did with M Performance and Audi did with Quattro GmbH.

In the interview with CarAdvice, Tada said, “BMW has its M Division, Mercedes-Benz has Mercedes-AMG, Audi has Quattro GmbH, so they have a stance of a sports car, but Toyota hasn’t. So I would like to build that major sports car brand within Toyota, like BMW’s M. He continued, “BMW and M and Audi and Quattro GmbH used to be like the Toyota relationship with Gazoo—it wasn’t really one body, it was two separate things, but because of the time and the continuous effort, now they are together. So, I’m wishing that Toyota puts effort continuously, and then someday later, Toyota and Gazoo will be one body.”

How can you argue with logic like that? Toyota has become a dull company that provides your everyday family movers, but nothing exciting to brag about. Here’s to hoping that Tada gets his way sooner than later and Toyota either creates a new performance division or absorbs Gazoo.

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2016 Toyota 86 Shooting Brake Concept

2016 Toyota 86 Shooting Brake Concept

The affordable shooting brake you’ve been asking for years!

Initially a custom-built luxury wagon altered for use by hunters and other sportsmen, the shooting brake concept gained more modern meaning in the late 1960s by bringing practicality and sportiness under the same roof. The two-door wagon took many forms and adopted many badges in the last four decades, but the body styles became less popular in the 21st century, with only a handful of models available in dealerships. Toyota has just unveiled its very own shooting brake, but unlike the Ferrari FF (recently renamed the GTC4Lusso), it’s not yet slated to become a production car.

It’s called the 86 Shooting Brake Concept and as the name suggests, it is based on the Toyota 86 sports car. Granted, the Ferrari FF comparison is a bit out of line given that the concept car is just a regular 86 under the skin, but this is definitely the most important update this car has received since its official introduction in 2012.

How did this happen, you ask?

Well, Toyota says that the company’s Australian design team created a 1/4-scale clay model of the shooting brake and showed it to Tetsuya Tada, the father of the 86, when he visited in 2014. Tada was so impressed that he commissioned his takumi craftsmen from Japan to build a full size vehicle based on the Australian design. The shooting brake is not only fully functional, but has already been put through the paces on Toyota’s test tracks.

"The nicely weighted and direct steering of the 86 ensures the car retains the involving drive experience of the coupe with a slightly more neutral feel in tight corners on a driver’s favorite road," Tada said.

"The silhouette is still sporty, taut and energetic, but it’s more practical as it allows the roof to be used to carry surfboards, bikes or storage pods for a weekend away while the larger opening of the new boot enables much easier loading," added Nicolas Hogios, Toyota Australia’s design chief.

The company says the shooting brake is only a study built to "gauge reaction" and that there are no plans for production. On the other hand, Tada noted that "we never say never and I would love this concept to become a production reality." At least there is some hope that the shooting brake will make it into showrooms sometime in the future...

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2016 Toyota 86 GRMN

2016 Toyota 86 GRMN

It’s been nearly two years since Toyota unveiled the GRMN 86 Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, and a production version is finally being offered for public consumption. Unfortunately, it won’t be sold outside of Japan, which means the U.S. won’t get a similar version with a Scion badge.

I say "unfortunately" because the 86 GRMN could easily become the Scion FR-S we’ve always wanted. One that’s lighter and more powerful than the standard version.

Built by Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s Japanese racing division, this special-edition coupe takes it moniker from Gazoo Racing Masters of Nurburgring. In short, this 86 was developed with racing in mind and then honed on Germany’s iconic race track. Like the concept car, the production model is significantly lighter than the standard version, while its engine received a noteworthy output increase to go with the lowered curb weight. Additionally, the body features a number of aero upgrades that make it more menacing to look at, quicker, and more nimble than any other factory-built, road-legal 86/FR-S to date.

What makes it special besides the 100-unit limited production run, the Japan-only availability, and its JPY6.48 million (about $54,000) sticker? Keep reading to find out.

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2016 Toyota GT 86 Blackline

2016 Toyota GT 86 Blackline

With a revised version of the Toyota GT 86 underway, the Japanese coupe might finally get the more powerful drivetrain enthusiasts have been clamoring about since its launch in 2012. Meanwhile, Toyota is trying to keep customers happy with all sorts of special-edition models. Following the introduction of the Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0 at the 2015 SEMA Show, Toyota has crafted yet another limited-edition coupe. This time around, it’s being offered in Australia and goes by the name GT 86 Blackline.

Based on the range-topping 86 GTS, the Blackline package adds a subtle body kit, a new paint scheme, new wheels, and a sportier interior, most of which is sourced from TRD — Toyota’s motorsport division.

Limited to only 450 units, offered with both manual and automatic transmissions, the GT 86 Blackline marks the start of a six-month countdown to the first round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series. For the uninitiated, it’s a one-make racing series that’s set to commence in Australia in May 2016. The new series, which was created for pro-am drivers, will run as a support category to the highly popular V8 Supercars Championship.

Each entrant will drive a production-based T86RS model, with details about the car to be released soon. In the meantime, let’s have a closer look at the GT 86 Blackline limited-edition below.

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2016 Toyota GT 86

2016 Toyota GT 86

It’s been nearly four years since it launched the 2013 Toyota GT 86, and Toyota has been receiving a lot of heat for the lack of updates for the rear-wheel-drive sports car. This will change in 2016, as the Japanese are finally working on a facelift for the GT 86. That’s the word from our trusty paparazzi, who spotted a camouflaged model on the road.

The prototype surfaced while most of our attention was directed toward the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, a venue packed with loads of awesome new cars and concepts, but our carparazzi also kept an eye out for any new mule that might come out to play. Turns out they were right to do so, as this GT 86 prototype has quite a few new features hidden underneath its swirly camouflage.

The GT 86 is finally getting its long-awaited upgrade, which will also find its way to the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S, and although the facelifted model won’t break cover in 2016, these spy shots provides us with a few hints as to what to expect from the two-door coupe. Check out my speculative review below for more details.

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Toyota GT86 VS Mazda MX5: Video

Toyota GT86 VS Mazda MX5: Video

The philosophies behind the Scion FR-S/Toyota 86 and the Mazda Miata/MX-5 are clearly very different. But since the two cars are both Japanese, both some sort of sport model and have fairly similar price tags, there’s a very good chance that if you’re looking at buying one, you’ve probably at least considered the other. That’s why Evo decided to do a comparison video of the two. Filmed entirely on the track, the video has essentially nothing at all to say about the cars that isn’t about how they drive, so if you want to know about interiors, cargo space or cup holders, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

The track does make a lot of sense for these cars though. They’re bought by people for whom tenths of a second are very important and who, if they’re going to use it as a daily driver, have already accepted that there will be some serious limitations involved. The review won’t really tell you which one would be better to buy, but with both of these being such good cars, it really shouldn’t endeavor to tell you which one to buy. The reviewer has more fun in the Toyota, but that doesn’t mean you will.

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Helicopter Vs Drifting Toyota GT86: Video

Helicopter Vs Drifting Toyota GT86: Video

Felix Baumgartner became a household name when he bailed out of a perfectly good, balloon-borne craft and parachuted back to earth from 24 miles up. While that certainly took nerve, his latest stunt shows his prowess with the Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm Bo-105 helicopter, and I gotta say, the man has mad skills. Felix chose Polish racer Jakub Przygoński for his drifting skills in a slightly modified Toyota GT 86 to serve as his “worthy opponent” in this little skills battle. All Felix has to do is keep up with a 1,000-horsepower race car – sounds simple, right?

The event, simply called “Red Bull Heli Drifting,” took place at the Debrzno Airfield, where the athletes and film crews would have plenty of room to work. (Face it, nobody wants to be too close if the heli and the car get tangled up.)

The resulting video footage will have you on the edge of your seat, and even non-pilots can appreciate the skill displayed by both men. My wife and fellow writer, Allyn Hinton, took one look at the stillshots and said “I’m glad I’m not his mother/wife/girlfriend!” Little does she know that I would do this in a heartbeat if I were even half as good as Felix.

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Next-Generation Toyota GT 86 Could Use KERS

Next-Generation Toyota GT 86 Could Use KERS

Mention the Toyota GT 86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ to anyone who knows, and you’ll likely elicit two responses. The first is that the car has fantastic handling. The second is that it feels down on power. At this point, that second attribute is almost a joke, with enthusiasts the world over pleading for a factory variant with more straight-line speed to complement the superb chassis tuning. Well, if the latest rumors are to be believed, Toyota will provide exactly that, as the next generation looks like it may get not just a turbo, but a Formula 1-inspired kinetic energy recovery system as well.

Citing unidentified Japanese insiders, the Aussie publication Motoring is reporting that the next-gen GT 86 will come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder similar to Mazda’s Skyactiv powerplant, with output up to 188 horsepower. KERS will be thrown in to boost performance and fuel economy.

I know what you’re thinking: “Um, that’s less than the 200 horsepower on the current generation, idiot.”

While that may be true, you gotta remember that the next-gen 86 will be based on the ultra-lightweight 2016 Mazda MX-5 platform. The current-gen 2013 Toyota GT 86 weighs upwards of 2,800 pounds, while the new Miata weighs just 2,300 pounds. The Mazda also has only 155 horsepower, yet hits 60 mph several tenths faster than the current-gen Toyota, and you don’t hear too many folks complaining about that, do you? Throw in a dose of KERS, and it looks like your prayers have been answered. Maybe.

If all goes according to plan, the new car should have the same legendary cornering agility as Mazda’s iconic roadster, paired with a heady new engine package and the same low MSRP as the first generation. 

A concept for the next-gen GT 86 is expected to break cover sometime in 2017. Production models will follow, slated for showrooms in 2020 for about 2.5 million yen ($20,178 at current exchange rates, 7/15).

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2015 Toyota 86 Yellow Limited

2015 Toyota 86 Yellow Limited

Toyota is offering another limited edition of its Hachi Roku successor, the GT 86, and it comes in three forms that progressively add tweaks to the car’s interior upholstery, exterior styling, and handling performance. It’s called the Yellow Limited, and it’s only available to Japanese customers.

The three iterations include the base Yellow Limited, which comes with new details on the inside and outside, the Yellow Limited aero package, which throws on a wing big enough to need navigation lights, and the Yellow Limited aero package FT, which adds new components to the suspension.

Toyota says the special edition was created to “highlight the sporty feeling” of the GT 86 (aka, Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ here in the states), and on paper, I’d say highlight is an understatement. This thing is practically dipped in neon, depending on the desired specification.

But does it work? Is it worth extra outlay? Or is it just another limited run without any real substance?

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Toyota Pays Tribute To Its Heritage With One-Off Classic Liveries For GT-86

Toyota Pays Tribute To Its Heritage With One-Off Classic Liveries For GT-86

To help celebrate five decades of race and rally cars, Toyota has recreated a handful of old-school liveries and classic styling cues in a series of six one-off GT86 coupes. 

The fleet of RWD sports cars will make their debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, an annual event held on the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. There, they will participate in the festival’s Moving Motor Show on June 25th, where visitors will have the chance to drive each on a prescribed route around the Goodwood Estate, including the renowned 1.16-mile hill climb course. The GT-86s will most likely be in high demand, so get there early if you want a decent shot at the driver’s seat. Of course, if you miss the Toyotas, don’t fret – it’s expected that models from Ferrari, Porsche, and Aston Martin will also be made available. 

Afterward, the Toyotas will move to the Goodwood racing circuit where they will be put on static display in support of the popular Drift Experience. Launched in 2013, this low-grip driver’s education program utilizes the GT86’s universally acclaimed handling prowess to teach the basics of at-limit driving. 

Each of the GT-86 one-offs was giving the custom vinyl treatment courtesy of Motor Mode, a UK-based specialist in automotive wraps and decals. They faithfully reproduced the original liveries to match the lines and proportions of the more modern coupe. To complete the look, ride height was dropped by 40 mm (1.57 inches) using lowering springs. This appropriately brought the arches down to fit snugly against new wheels from Rota, which provided just the right set of retro-looking rollers to complement the new vinyl, individualized for each car. Finally, a new stainless steel exhaust from Milltek Sport adds the correct kind of aural presence, not to mention a healthy dose of power as verified by the trusty ole’ butt-dyno. 

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Toyota Plans Model Under The GT86

Toyota Plans Model Under The GT86

Toyota is currently considering a new compact sports car that could slot below the Toyota GT86 and Scion FR-S twins. Internally designated 69DZ, the proposed new car would have rear-wheel drive and be powered by a 1.5-liter engine producing around 130 horsepower. While it won’t be winning many drag races, a curb weight below 2,200 pounds should keep things lively. Starting cost could be as low as $17,000, about seven grand cheaper than the GT86.

"Designers have a final prototype that could very well go into production as is," a source within Toyota told Motoring, suggesting the program is already pretty far along. The source went on to explain that both the tiny Toyota Sports 800 from 1965 and the limited-run, Japan-only GT86 Style Cb inspired the new car’s styling. “That’s why you will see roundish headlights and a large, signature grille on the new coupe," said Motoring’s source. "The finished product looks like a brother to the Cb.”

Unlike the GT86, the 69DZ will have an inline-four under the hood instead of a horizontally opposed boxer-four. The taller engine requires what is described as an accommodating “lump” in the hood, but the overall shape is said to be very sleek and incorporates flared wheel arches. Inside, is a 2+2 cabin, but the rear seats will likely be even more useless than the ones in the GT86. Transmission options will include a six-speed manual and six-speed auto.

Interestingly, Toyota has reportedly tapped four-time World Rally Champion Tommi Mäkinen to sign off on the coupe’s handling. Despite driving for both Subaru and Mitsubishi during his career, Mäkinen has been lending a hand at Toyota’s Gazoo racing division.

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2015 Toyota 86 Style Cb

2015 Toyota 86 Style Cb

The GT86, along with its two brothers, the BRZ and FR-S, hit the production line in 2012 as a joint venture between two of Japan’s best automakers: Toyota and Subaru. Since their debuts there have been cries and screams for a convertible or turbocharged model, but Subaru holds the cards on the production side of this partnership, and it’s reluctant to change anything. However, Toyota does have some freedom with the GT86, and it used that to create a special model dubbed the Style Cb based on the existing sports car.

This special-edition GT86 appears to be a Japan-only model, so don’t get your hopes up of seeing a Scion FR-S-based Cb any time soon. Look for this new model to debut in Japan in April 2015.

Does the Cb have what it takes to fill the void left by the lack of a turbo or convertible version of the GT86?

Click past the jump to read my full review to find out.

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Toyota GT 86 Drifted On Mountain Pass: Video

Toyota GT 86 Drifted On Mountain Pass: Video

Sympathy is not a common trait among racing drivers, no matter the category. Watch a GT race and you’re sure to witness plenty of fender rubbing as those behind the wheel attempt to edge out rivals. Rally pilots will literally roll a car into the undergrowth, get out, tip the thing so the rubber is facing down, and continue on their way.

And as this video clearly demonstrates, drifters are no better. Never mind the twisted suspension or dented bodywork wrought by a crash. Even when a drifter gets it right, it’s not necessarily good news for the machine in question — particularly the engine.

That’s because drifters are usually far too concerned with maintaining a slide to bother with things like bent valves, spun bearings, and shattered pistons. There’s steering angle, weight transfer, and momentum flowing through their brains, not the wrench time required to fix all the nasty results of a pinned right foot.

Thankfully, there are some engines out there that revel in the abuse. One such masochistic powerplant is the Toyota 2JZ, most commonly known as the motive force lurking under the hood of the fourth generation Supra. This overbuilt, 3.0-liter inline-six boasts a reputation for being absolutely bulletproof. Some even claim it’s capable of producing 1,000 horsepower on a stock bottom end.

Hit play to witness evidence of its sturdiness, not to mention a thrilling first-person perspective of a prolonged skid up a Norwegian mountain pass.

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2015 Toyota GT 86 Primo

2015 Toyota GT 86 Primo

Although it has yet to introduce a much-needed engine upgrade for the GT 86, you have to give Toyota some credit for rolling out new models and trim levels, and even a rally car for the 2015 model year. The most enticing iteration so far seems to be the 14R60, a lighter and aerodynamically enhanced version of the GT 86, but Toyota is also interested in expanding the coupe’s popularity by adding more affordable models to the lineup. As a result, the GT 86 Primo was created; a more accessible sports car that will sit at the bottom of the range. That’s good news for sports car enthusiasts all over the world, but somewhat of a letdown for anyone not living in the United Kingdom.

You guessed it, the GT 86 Primo is exclusive to the British market and there’s no word on whether or not the Scion FR-S will get a similar version in the United States anytime soon. Keep your fingers crossed for that to happen sooner than later and read on to find out more about the new base model of the GT 86 lineup.

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Toyota GT 86 Will Live to See a Second Generation

Toyota GT 86 Will Live to See a Second Generation

The Toyota GT 86 will get a second-generation version. Quite frankly, I don’t know if that’s good news or bad news because the current-generation model hasn’t progressed the way we’d hoped. Maybe that’s a contrarian opinion, but I just thought Toyota had more planned for the GT 86 than what it’s done since the car came out. Whatever the case may be, Toyota of Europe executive vice president Karl Schlicht told Motoring Australia that the GT 86 will live to see a second generation model, even though he cautioned that the sports coupe still needed to go through a normal life cycle.

According to Schlicht, the Japanese automaker wants to keep some fun cars in its lineup and not make the same mistake it once did when it discontinued the Celica in 2006, leaving a gaping hole in the entry-level sports car segment. Right now, the GT 86 occupies that slot and will soon sit below the returning Supra.

Schlicht didn’t elaborate on details regarding the second-generation GT 86, specifically how this disclosure would affect its relationship with the Subaru BRZ. Remember, Fuji Heavy Industries president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said in July 2014 that the BRZ would also get a second-generation run.

Past reports have also linked the next GT 86 to the Toyota-BMW collaboration that’s currently working on the Toyota Supra. Obviously, there are still a lot of unanswered questions regarding the status of the GT 86 and, by extension, the BRZ.

What we do know is that a high-ranking Toyota executive has said that the GT 86 will live to see a second generation; at this point, we’ll take that news and hang on to it tightly.

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2014 Toyota GT 86 14R60

2014 Toyota GT 86 14R60

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of the Toyota GT 86. I used to be, but my joy soured over time due to what I felt was a lack of initiative from Toyota’s to make the GT 86 a more performance-oriented sports car. The closest Toyota came was with the TRD-enhanced GT 86 Griffon Concept that was unveiled at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon. Well, it may have taken some time, but finally - oh, finally! - Toyota now has a production GT 86 that can live up to its sports car name.

The model is called the GT 86 14R60 and it’s everything the GT 86 was supposed to be - and then some. It still doesn’t have any performance upgrades, but I’ve all but given up hope on seeing anything on that front. Instead, Toyota decided to build around the limitations of the GT 86’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine and build a car that was light enough to the point that its performance capabilities wouldn’t be defined by its 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque output.

Toyota injected plenty of lightweight materials into the car to not only cut down it weight, but also improve its aerodynamic performance. There are, after all, more than a handful of ways to make a car faster without any performance mods on the engine.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the car will only be available in Japan at a price of 6.3 million yen, which is close to $60,000 based on current exchange rates. That’s more than double the price of a standard GT 86. Ouch.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 028 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 028 LIVE

You can go ahead and mark another successful TopSpeed Podcast in the books. Thanks for everyone who hung out with us live. We really appreciate it. If you missed the live show, don’t worry. You can watch or listen to the entire show right here.

We start things off with Mark’s week spent with the Hyundai Sonata Turbo. I take some time to talk about how incredibly well-designed the new 2015.5 Volvo XC60 is, and Mark comes back to talk about the incredible fun that is the Lexus RC and RC F.

When we make it over to the news portion of the show we spend the start of the show discussing the departure of Ferrari’s chairman, Luca di Montezemolo and what it could mean for the brand going forward. After that we move on to some Viper talk with the announcement of the new price cut, and we look at our beautiful rendering of what a new Viper Roadster would look like.

We keep up the excitement of new car news with a discussion about how great the new Mercedes AMG GT and Jaguar XE look now that both have been officially announced.

In this week’s Viewer Questions we talk about the V-8 engines we think sound the best and we discuss what happens if we get a press car that we don’t like. Do we still drive it, or does it sit in the driveway while we enjoy our personal cars?

We finish things up with an Own, Drive, Burn segment that consists of three legendary cars from Nissan’s past.

As always, we appreciate everyone who watches or listens. Don’t forget to leave your comments below. We love any and all feedback; good or bad. We also love to get questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for next week’s show.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend, everyone. We will be back to see you next Thursday!

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Rumormill: Toyota GT86 to get Turbocharged and AWD Versions

Rumormill: Toyota GT86 to get Turbocharged and AWD Versions

Ok, grab your biggest salt shaker before you venture further into this news; you’re going to need it. The Website 4WheelNews.com is quoting an article published recently in a Japanese car magazine that is apparently called Best Car, and it seems Toyota is working on a version of the GT86 that is turbocharged and has all-wheel drive. Yes, this rumor is sprouting legs yet again.

According to the story, the turbo engine will be a 2.5-liter boxer from Subaru with 300 horsepower. Right now the only engine Subaru makes that is a turbo 2.5 is the old EJ in the WRX STI. This is where I start to take some issue. First, Subaru has stated in the past that the engine in the STI is too tall to fit under the hood of the BRZ and GT86. Secondly, Subaru has been insanely strict about weight and center of balance on this car. Using the heavier EJ25 block instead of the new 2.0-liter FA20 engine that is in the current WRX, seems like an obvious wrong choice. I also question the idea of adding AWD to the mix. Getting rid of the RWD setup will alter this car’s driving dynamic to a point that it will be unrecognizable.

Another odd piece of information in this piece is in regards to the transmission. Apparently, Toyota will offer an eight-speed auto with paddle shifters. Nothing in the Toyota or Subaru family has an eight-speed transmission, so I am suspect about this as well.

Only time will tell what is really going to happen. Rest assured, if there is a turbocharged and AWD BRZ/FR-S/GT86 coming, we will let you know as soon as we have proof.

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Video: Toyota GT 86 Sets a New Drifting Record

Video: Toyota GT 86 Sets a New Drifting Record

The Toyota GT 86 may have lost some of its appeal since arriving in 2012, but it’s still capable of making the right kind of headlines. One of those times arrived when German driver Harald Muller set a world record for the longest drift. His car of choice? A specially prepared Toyota GT 86.

The record-breaking attempt happened in Samsun, Turkey on July 15th. During the event, Muller was able to drift the GT 86 a grand total of 89.55 miles, shattering the previous record of 51.278 miles set last year by BMW Performance Center instructor Jeff Schwartz. Muller’s performance is pretty incredible, one that was made even more impressive when you consider that he completed 612 laps in a somewhat continuous drift. The feat also took 2 hours, 25 minutes and 18 seconds, which is a pretty long time to go around in circles without even taking so much as a water break in between.

It’s a pretty cool feat even though it seemed like the GT 86 appeared to lose momentum on a couple of occasions. But hey, a record’s a record and Muller’s performance was good enough to receive the Guinness Book of World Record’s stamp of approval. Harald Muller now holds the record for longest drift, setting a new benchmark that a lot of drifters will probably try to break in the near future.

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2015 Toyota GT86 CS-R3 Rally Car

2015 Toyota GT86 CS-R3 Rally Car

The Toyota GT86 was launched in 2012, along with its Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S siblings. Although the GT86 was only sold in Europe, both the BRZ and the FR-S arrived in the United States for the 2013 model year. All three sports cars share the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, boxer engine that delivers 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant mates to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic and enables each of the triplets to sprint from naught to 60 mph in 6.9 to 7.6 seconds, respectively. Far from being one of the fastest sports car on the market, the Toyota GT86 is definitely one of the most affordable, a feat that made it quite popular with consumers.

As we move into the 2015 model year, Toyobaru has yet to introduce the highly anticipated performance update the GT86/BRZ/FR-S dearly needs. However, the GT86 nameplate expanded to receive a brand-new member in the shape of a rally car. Yes folks, Toyota is joining the World Rally Championship with an R3-spec version of its sports car. The race-ready GT86 is not only more powerful, but lighter too, and it just fired up our enthusiasm toward a faster road-going version.

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2015 Toyota GT86 Lightweight

2015 Toyota GT86 Lightweight

The Toyota GT86 and its Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S brothers were launched in 2012, with only the Suby and the Scion reaching U.S. shores shortly after. The triples share the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, boxer engine that generates 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The unit mates to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic and enables the sports car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 to 7.6 seconds.

Granted, the GT86 is not nearly the fastest sports car you can buy nowadays, but its sub-£26,000 sticker makes it affordable to the average Joe and quite the bargain compared to its competitors. However, the Toyobaru triplets are slowly but surely losing their appeal due to the fact that no true performance updates have been added in more than two years since their launch. But that’s about to change, as Toyota is getting ready to drop Subaru from the partnership.

Once that happens, Toyota will finally be able to develop a more potent, next-generation sports car, likely powered by a turbocharged engine and hybrid technology. Meanwhile though, it appears the Japanese are working on a new iteration of the current GT86, as confirmed by a new batch of spy shots we just found in our inbox.

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Subaru BRZ Could be Discontinued After This Generation

Subaru BRZ Could be Discontinued After This Generation

Since the Toyobaru triplets — BRZ, FR-S, and GT86 — debuted for the 2013 model year, the relationship between Toyota and Fuji Heavy Industries, the company that owns Subaru and that Toyota owns a minority share of, has been stressed. Toyota seems ready to move the GT86 forward to a new level of the sport car realm, while Subaru has essentially sat back and said "we build it, so you can’t make any changes unless we allow it." Now a new report from Drive claims that Toyota may take its ball and go home, leaving Suby with no choice but to discontinue the BRZ.

This report stems from a conversation with Toyota chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, who said that the next-generation 86 could be the brainchild of the BMW-Toyota team up that is already under way. This would not only lead to the almost certain demise of the BRZ, but it would also result in a far more extreme GT86 and FR-S — if the latter is part of the 86 program in the next generation.

Click past the jump to read more about this possible elimination and what it means.

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There Will Be No Hybrid Toyota GT 86

There Will Be No Hybrid Toyota GT 86

A hybrid version of the Toyota GT86 isn’t part of Toyota’s future plans, putting to rest rumors that the company could use the technology to offer a different, higher-performing version of the GT86. The decision to set aside a hybrid GT86 was reportedly made because it didn’t make sense from a business perspective.

Toyota marketing director Fabio Capano told Autocar that the Japanese automaker has no plans of building a hybrid GT86 despite company engineers admitting that the technology is already at an advanced stage of development. If there were a business case to be made for the vehicle, Toyota would think long and hard about green lighting it. But like most companies, Toyota wants to prioritize its time and money in pursuing other projects and a hybrid GT86 isn’t on top of its "to-do" list. So why even bother, right?

If demand for a hybrid Toyota GT86 doesn’t justify the time and effort, then why would Toyota build it in the first place? Additionally, The GT86 prides itself on being an affordable sports car with adequate power behind it. Launching a hybrid version of the model could end up cannibalizing sales of the base sports car and other future endeavors, like the return of the Supra.

Instead, Toyota is focusing on using its "advanced" hybrid technology on a car that’s more suited for it. The long-rumored sports car collaboration with BMW is one such car that could make the most of a hybrid powertrain.

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2015 Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, and Toyota GT86 By Cosworth

2015 Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, and Toyota GT86 By Cosworth

There’s a storm brewing over at Cosworth, the kind that can redefine the way we look at the Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, and Toyota GT86. The aftermarket company known for its engine forays in the world of Formula One prepared a new power package treatment for the FA-20 engine that powers all three.

After some teasing in early 2014, Cosworth has finally bared the details on this new power package and it has come at a perfect time for the trio of sports cars. It’s a performance upgrade that has turned the normally tame 200-horsepower sports cars into a fire-breathing bullets that are poised to dominate the automotive scene.

Finally, we can alleviate some of our issues with the BRZ/FR-S/GT86 trio with a healthy injection of power, courtesy of Cosworth. Now, if only we can get the automakers to finally add some of this power straight from the factory, instead of slapping on silly body kits and flashy wheels.

Cosworth’s program comes in three stages, with the details on Stage 1 being the only ones that are available as of June 2, 2014.

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Toyota Planning Cabrio, Turbocharged and Sedan Versions of the GT 86

Toyota Planning Cabrio, Turbocharged and Sedan Versions of the GT 86

Toyota has been over the fence and back regarding its plans to build turbocharged, sedan and convertible versions of the GT 86. Last we heard, poor sales of the sports car scuttled those plans, but now it looks like they’re back on the table.

Motoring Australia is reporting that Toyota is once again hot on the idea of expanding its GT 86 lineup. While no specific plans for the car have been disclosed, there seems to be a growing sentiment within the company that poor sales notwithstanding, Toyota is finally ready to push all of its GT 86 chips in the middle of the table.

It’s a smart move to offer some diversity to the GT 86, which hasn’t earned the same level of sales respect and admiration as its twins, the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S. A convertible version of the GT 86 was even previewed last year with the Open Top Concept so at the very least, we should now what to expect with a future top-down sports coupe.

As for the sedan version, Toyota has big plans for the four-door GT 86, including giving it a duo of engine options. The bid news is that there will be a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which will likely be the Subaru’s 2.5-liter Direct Injection Turbo engine that’s good for more than 295 horsepower. The other engine for the sedan will likely be a hybrid Suby engine, but not the 160-horsepower one found in the XV Crosstrek — you may exhale now... Sources inside Subaru claim that the company is working on a hybrid unit that works with its direct-injected boxer engine.

Another objective for the GT 86 sedan is to have enough room to differentiate it from the coupe. Talks are already in place to make the GT 86 sedan 510 mm (20 inches) longer and 100 mm (3.9 inches) taller than the coupe model. Those are both pretty drastic expansions, so it’ll be interesting to see how the extra size affects the styling.

What’s more, the bad-add 2.5-liter DIT engine that the sedan will receive will also trickle down to the coupe model, according to the report.

The soft-top convertible GT 86, which will retain the current drivetrain, is set to arrive earlier than the sedan, possibly as soon as October 2014. The turbocharged sedan and coupe versions could arrive as early as 2016, and the hybrid model is rumored to arrive a few months later.

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Toyota Announces "Sports Drive Logger" Onboard Telemetry

Toyota Announces "Sports Drive Logger" Onboard Telemetry

Owning a sports car can be a lot of fun if you live near a race track or if you have the time and means to travel long distances for some fast laps. Things can get even better if this is done on a regular basis, as the next day can provide even more fun by going over the telemetry data.

Track addicts are always looking to improve their runs, so it’s safe to assume that they always connect their car to a telemetry recording device. Corvette Stingray owners, for instance, will be able to order their sports car with a Performance Data Recorder beginning with the 2015 model year.

Naturally, there are all sorts of similar devices to be had as we speak, with most of them being suitable for just any vehicle. However, Toyota will be launching one of their own — it’s called Sports Drive Logger and was created for the affordable GT 86 sports car.

How does it work? Well, Toyota says the device, which was co-developed with Sony, is programmed to collect data passing through the GT 86’s controller area network, which means it will log information such as GPS positioning, accelerator and brake pedal use, gear shifting, engine behavior and vehicle speed.The collected data is optimized so it can be transferred to an USB device for future analysis and use.

Now there’s more good news for those are also into Gran Turismo 6. The data can be loaded into the video game, where it recreates the said track run. Furthermore, it will allow the user to race against their own or against data uploaded by their friends.

The bad news is that the Sports Drive Logger won’t be available in the U.S. for now, with the device to go on sale only in Japan this June (priced at around $833 at current exchange rates). This is probably why the system only offers support for three local tracks - Fuji, Suzuka and Tsubuka. There’s no word on if and when the Sports Drive Logger will be launched Stateside, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the tech makes it into the Scion FR-S.

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Poor Sales may Result in no Open-Top or Turbocharged Toyota GT 86

For all the good press the GT 86/FR-S/BRZ triplets are getting — not from me though — sales of the GT 86 are surprisingly slow. The FR-S and BRZ are doing pretty well, but Toyota Europe’s Vice President of R&D, Gerald Killmann, claims that the GT 86 is selling well below target in its major markets.

This puts Toyota in a tough spot because the lagging sales are clearly an indicator that European consumers simply are not satisfied with the GT 86 the way it is. Adding in more special editions or even bumping its performance would likely bring the sales numbers up. On the other hand, that would be a huge gamble, as the slow base-level sales makes it economically tough for Toyota to invest more money in building an open-top or turbocharged variant.

So what should Toyota do? Should it leave the GT 86 as is and allow it to fizzle away into nothingness a la the MR2 of the 2000s, or should it give enthusiasts what they want by chopping the top and dropping in some forced induction?

I say take the bull by the horns and drop limited-run turbo and drop-top models to get a feel for the demand — say 1,000 of each. Given those are gobbled up quickly, then start rolling out more the following year. Chances are that Toyota will stay right where it is, and we’ll witness the great collapse of the Toyobaru triplets within a decade.

Let me know what you think by sounding off in the comments below.

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Toyota Looking Into Convertible GT86 and Scion FR-S Without Subaru’s Help

In October 2013, Toyota announced that the convertible version for the GT86 and the Scion FR-S was put on indefinite hold, because apparently such a car has no place in Toyota’s plans in the near future. This decision was pretty surprising to us, considering that Toyota unveiled the FT86 Open Top Conceptat the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, which made us believe that a convertible GT86/FR-S was just around the corner.

Now, we have new rumors suggesting that Toyota wants the GT86 and FR-S Convertible, but Subaru still has no interest in producing it. As a result, Toyota is now investigating the possibility of developing this car on its own, despite Subaru saying before that Toyota could not do so without its help.

Talking about this issue at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Doug Murtha, vice president for Scion in the U.S., said: "It’s something we’re looking at internally from both a manufacturing standpoint — where do we build something that’s relatively low-volume, if not at Subaru — and from an engineering standpoint: Where are those resources going to come from to do it?"

With this in mind Toyota asked all of its dealers and Scion dealers around the world to submit volume targets for such a model. If interest has increased, Toyota could start looking into the possibility of manufacturing open-top GT86 and FR-S models. However, it will be very difficult to do so, considering that currently the GT86, FR-S and the BRZ bodies are all developed at Subaru’s plant in Ohta, Japan, and retrofitting a convertible top onto a coupe in any bulk may prove too time-consuming to be profitable for Toyota.

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2014 Toyota GRMN 86 Concept

2014 Toyota GRMN 86 Concept

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.

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2014 Toyota GT86 by Gazoo Racing

2014 Toyota GT86 by Gazoo Racing

Gazoo Racing from Japan is working on a couple of special cars for the 2014 Tokyo motor show. As you may already know, Gazoo Racing has been an active presence in the motorsport scene, as it has also raced in the Nurburgring endurance races among others.

Apart from the other concepts the team has produced over the years, Gazoo Racing will bring a very special, custom Toyota GT86 to the Tokyo auto salon.

The custom Toyota GT86 by Gazoo Racing will be revealed on January 10, 2014. We tried to snoop around for some more information about the upcoming sports car, but sadly, the company hasn’t provided any more details about it.

The Gazoo Racing concept will feature a large rear wing shown here in the teaser image. It could also get a full body kit and minor aerodynamic tweaks. Lightweight racing wheels with larger rotors for improved braking and handling performance.

We are waiting for Gazoo Racing to formally announce the 2014 Toyota GT86 concept, and until then, we could only speculate as to what upgrades could end up on the new car. We will be updating this story as and when the official information is out.

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2013 Toyota GT 86 by Romeo Ferraris

2013 Toyota GT 86 by Romeo Ferraris

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.

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2014 Toyota GT 86 CS-R3 Rally Car

2014 Toyota GT 86 CS-R3 Rally Car

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.

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Toyota GT86 Sedan Concept Confirmed for Geneva 2014

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%.

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Toyota GT 86 Convertible Put on Indefinite Hold

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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Video: Kuba Przygonski Sets Record for World's Fastest Drift

Video: Kuba Przygonski Sets Record for World’s Fastest Drift

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.

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Toyota Drivetrain Boss Confirms the "Advanced" Development of a Hybrid 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.

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Video: Race-Spec GT-86 Turbo Takes on the McLaren 12C

Video: Race-Spec GT-86 Turbo Takes on the McLaren 12C

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 is Still a Go

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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2013 Toyota TR 86

2013 Toyota TR 86

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).

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