Filed under: Classics , Convertible , Performance , Japan , Videos , Toyota There’s an automotive axiom that claims it’s more fun to drive a slow car fast, than a fast car slow. If that’s the case, then pushing a Toyota Sports 800 around must be one of the most exhilarating experiences behind the wheel in the world. With just 800cc of displacement from a two-cylinder boxer engine, the focus is on finesse over outright speed. Still, it’s a fantastic page in Toyota’s performance history, and Petrolicious takes a ride with a man who owns a meticulously restored 1967 example in its latest video. The Sports 800 used the classic cost-saving strategy in the auto industry of taking parts from a standard model in the lineup and modifying it into a sports car. In this case that meant borrowing the engine from the plebian Toyota Publica, beefing it up for more power and clothing the whole thing a in beautifully shaped, wind-tunnel-honed body. The look of these lithe, targa roadsters is the exact opposite of the rather dull styling sometimes associated with Toyota today. Everywhere you look there are louvers, vents or curves to draw the eye. Check out the latest Petrolicious video for a detailed look at the history of this rare model that’s largely unknown on this side of the Pacific. Continue reading Sports 800 is a progenitor of Toyota performance Sports 800 is a progenitor of Toyota performance originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:01:00 EST.
Filed under: Convertible , Minivan/Van , Performance , Hatchback , Toyota , Ferrari 2015 Toyota Yaris: Still a car! It’s a car! Toyota hasn’t changed its formula for the subcompact Yaris all that much, still offering a blistering 106 horsepower and a four-speed automatic transmission in a small, affordable package. West Coast Editor Michael Harley took the new Yaris for a spin, and while it “breaks absolutely zero new ground in terms of innovation,” it’s still, you know, fine. Read more, here. The most powerful droptop Ferrari ever You know what’s nearly five and a half times more powerful than a Yaris? The new Ferrari 458 Speciale A convertible, which broke cover today ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut. It’s the limited-edition pinnacle of the 458 range, and we can’t wait to get a look at in-person, next week. For now, head over to today’s story to read all of the details. 2015 Toyota Sienna: Still a van! You know what’s twice as functional as a Yaris? A Sienna. And in fact, Toyota has thrown some thoughtful updates at its Swagger Wagon for 2015, including revised interior and exterior styling, and some tuning to give it a quieter ride.
Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Budget , Performance , Scion , Subaru , Toyota Hope may remain for a convertible version of the Scion FR-S , according to a report from Ward’s Auto . You’ll recall that rumors were swirling about the feasibility of a rear-drive Toyobaru convertible as early as October , and that back in November, Subaru – which makes the FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 – essentially nixed the idea of an open-topped variant . “We make the car, so if we don’t make it, it can’t happen,” brand chief Yasuyuki Yoshinaga told Automotive News , according to Ward’s , at the Tokyo Motor Show . “Our engineering department told me that losing the entire roof requires a complete redesign of the structure. It would need a big change.” Despite Yoshinaga-san’s arguments against a droptop variant, Toyota is apparently still considering the model. Speaking to media at the 2014 North American International Auto Show , Scion’s US vice president, Doug Murtha, hinted that the rear-drive droptop was in the works. “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?” Murtha said. For now, it appears as if Toyota is merely doing its homework on the feasibility of a production version of the FT-86 Open Concept from the 2013 Geneva and Tokyo shows (show above). “Everybody’s had to pony up their volumes and we’ll see if we can make it happen,” Murtha told Wards . Whether the volumes check out or not, the question of how Toyota will get around the engineering issues – making a convertible safe – and figuring out where to build it, mean that while our hopes for an FR-S Convertible are higher, the car still faces a rather rocky road before reaching production.
Filed under: Car Buying , Concept Cars , Convertible , Scion , Subaru , Toyota Bad news, sportscar fans. According to a new report from What Car? , Toyota has cancelled plans to produce a GT86 convertible, a model based on the FT-86 Open Concept that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show . In truth, Toyota never actually confirmed it would produce the budget-friendly droptop in the first place, but rumors have been flying since last year and Toyota reportedly showed its embattled Scion dealers a FR-S version of the convertible in August . Presumably, this means that a lidless variant of the Subaru BRZ is not in the cards, either. The reason for the move is unknown, though What Car? reports “one possible cause is weight; Toyota did say that further work would be required on rigidity before the convertible could be launched, and that could have added extra bulk that conflict with the regular GT86’s ethos of light weight and agile handling.” It doesn’t look like that work will happen anytime soon, as “sources now say that the car has now been delayed indefinitely, with no place in Toyota’s product plan in either 2014 or 2015.” Still holding out hope? What Car? says the project could be “fast-tracked” if management decides it wants to reboot the program down the road. one possible cause is weight; Toyota did say that further work would be required on rigidity before the convertible could be launched, and that could have added extra bulk that conflict with the regular GT86’s ethos of light weight and agile handling.
Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Japan , Toyota , Electric Toyota plans to follow up last year’s kid-friendly Camatte concept with two new versions: the Camatte57s and Camatte57s Sport (right). Like the original Camatte, the two new concepts will make their debut at the International Tokyo Toy Show, which is happening this weekend. Not much has changed with these two new Camatte models. Like their predecessor, they both feature detachable body panels (the count is up to 57), a 1+2 seating array and reconfigurable pedals that allow children to operate the gas and brakes while Mom or Dad steers. What is new is an open-top roadster design that even eschews doors in favor of easier ingress/egress. They look like something a tourist would rent to get around a Hawaiian island, though we dig the distinct personalities of each model’s design. Both cars are all-electric, though Toyota hasn’t provided any other specifications, like what makes the Sport model sporty besides its more aggressive body panels and silver, black and red color scheme. That’s just as well, as neither concept, like the original Camatte before them, is street legal. And in case you’re wondering from where Toyota conjured these concepts’ odd name, “Camatte” is the Japanese for word for “care.” According to the automaker, it’s intended to signify both caring for others and caring for cars, while the lone ‘s’ at the end of each name stands for “touch,” and the number corresponds to the number of body panels. Scroll below to watch a team of Toyota engineers installing body panels on a Camatte57s, or check out both models in our gallery below.
Filed under: Spy Photos , Convertible , Performance , Scion , Subaru , Toyota Though the eventual existence of a convertible version of the Toyota GT86 (and its Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ versions for America) is a no-brainer, we’ve yet to get a glimpse of the real-deal car until now. Spotted in Cape Town, South Africa, of all places, this completely undisguised GT86 convertible seems to be in a remarkably advanced state of development. The image seen here was obviously sniped from quite a distance and without the aid of a powerful lens, but we can still make out a production-ready looking piece of rear bodywork for the convertible top to hide away in, as well as a functioning trunk lid. It’s hard to make out with any certainty, based on this evidence, but there does seem to be space retained behind the front seats for two, small rear chairs. With the first car spotted, we’d expect to seem some more and better images of it flow through in the near future, and if not, Toyota has already confirmed a concept version for next month’s Geneva Motor Show , dubbed FT-86 Open, so stay tuned. For now, click through to the FT86Club.com forum to have a slightly closer look at the images. Scion FR-S Convertible (in Toyota GT86 form) spied in South Africa originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink