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Details are still very sketchy and all we have to show you is the blurry teaser image that TRD has unveiled, but there is a new GT 86 concept from TRD heading to the Tokyo Auto Salon. Sure, we already talked about the new Sports FR Concept Platinum and how awesome it is, but its partner in Tokyo – the GT 86 Griffon Concept – just may blow it out of the water.

Like we said, the details are sketchy, but we do know that TRD went to task lowering the GT 86’s overall weight, then tweaked at least the suspension and exhaust. TRD then took the GT 86 Griffon out to the Tsukuba circuit and laid rubber to tarmac, netting a best lap time of 1:01.872.

That may seem like nothing on paper, but when you start adding in the fact that time beats out times of the Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari 360 CS, Nissan GT-R Spec-V, Corvette ZR1, Lambo Gallardo, Porsche 911 GT2, and so on, you realize that this must be one beastly `Yota GT 86.

We will find out more on the 11th of January when TRD officially releases the specifications, but were are 100-percent certain that there is a lot more tweaking going on than just some suspension stiffening and exhaust work.

We’ll update this review once we get the official info.

UPDATE 07/13/13: New photos of the Toyota GT 86 TRD Griffon have been released. Check them out in the gallery below!


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Press Release

"86 TRD Griffon Concept" has completed the shakedown at the Tsukuba circuit best lap record of 1 minute 1.872 seconds

RD (Corporation, Toyota Techno Craft) is a planning and development "86 TRD Griffon Concept", the engine to carry out the shakedown test circuit course Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture on December 20, 2012, be equipped with Normal body but recorded a best lap of the "1 minute 1.872 second."

And the vehicle based on the Toyota 86, in a vehicle that was produced by the TRD, taking advantage of the potential that Toyota 86 has, lightweight body, enhanced body stiffness, "86 TRD Griffon Concept (Hachiroku tea ares Dee Griffon concept)" The absorption applying and optimizing circuits for exhaust and suspension, feedback to the product development of future vehicle development test data obtained by the high-speed driving on the track is the goal.

Future, we plan to test run on the track by the end of 2013 in the TRD, we also carried out test plan development of the horizontally opposed engine parts for the type of goods and FA20-oriented products for 86 circuits and circuit evaluation.

In addition, "86 TRD Griffon Concept" will, "TOKYO AUTO SALON 2013 with NAPAC celebration of the world’s largest custom car, which will be held at Makuhari Messe (Chiba) - 13 to 11 January 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon ( in 2013) ", will be on display in the TOYOTA / GAZOO Racing booth.

Vehicle Specifications

Announced at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2013

Operation Result
Best Time: 1’01 "872
Tsukuba Circuit Course Location:
December 20, 2012 (Thursday) Date:
Weather: Sunny (road conditions: dry)

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