Filed under: Convertible , Coupe , Performance , Europe , Hatchback , Mercedes-Benz , Porsche , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Luxury Judges for the World Car of the Year Award have narrowed down the finalists to just four vehicles. Out of a total of 42 entries, only the Mercedes-Benz A-Class , Porsche Boxster / Cayman , Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT-86 and Volkswagen Golf remain standing. For Volkswagen , this marks the second consecutive year the company has had an entry among the finalists, and the fourth time since 2009. In order to qualify, a vehicle must be on sale on two continents during the span of time between January 1, 2013 and May 30, 2013. A panel of 66 journalists from 23 countries then vote on the finalists. Three vehicles have made the cut for the last round of voting on the 2013 World Performance Car as well, with the Cayman/Boxster and FR-S/BRZ/GT-86 running against the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta . Meanwhile, the Renault Zoe , Tesla Model S and Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid are duking it out for the World Green Car Award. Finally, the World Car Design of the Year Award is up for grabs between the Aston Martin Vanquish , Jaguar F-Type , and the Mazda6 . Check out the full press release below. Overall winners will be presented at the 2013 New York Auto Show .
Filed under: Convertible , Coupe , Sedan , Performance , Wagon , BMW , Toyota , Read This According to the Toyota UK blog , engineers for the automaker were so excited developing the GT86 coupe that they investigated producing a whole family of models based on the rear-wheel drive sports car. And at least one engineer – product chief Tetsuya Tada – still hopes it can happen, even if not everyone at Toyota is onboard. Tada: “Actually we tried to do this secretly but the executives found us out. They said: ‘What are you doing? Will you please focus on the coupe.'” Those mooted variants included both a four-door sedan and a shooting brake. Why? Aside from the pure excellence of a lightweight, brilliantly handling hatchback, Toyota was keenly aware of the fact that it may need to spread the cost of development out across several models. Tada says that’s part of the reason why it was so easy to create the convertible. The company knew from the outset that a softtop version was in the cards, and built the machine’s structure to accommodate having the roof sliced off. Tada also made mention of the already-announced collaboration between Toyota and BMW .
Filed under: Coupe , Hybrid , Performance , Toyota , Rumormill From what Autocar has to say, Toyota has even more plans for the GT86 beyond the convertible concept we just saw at the Geneva Motor Show . Along with a planned midcycle facelift, Toyota is reportedly looking at how to pack some extra ponies under the coupe’s hood, and while there has already been a lot of talk about superchargers and turbochargers, it sounds like a performance-boosting hybrid system could also be in the works. Talking to Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, Autocar has learned that the automaker is considering an electrical motor assist for the sporty coupe to improve performance without harming fuel economy. In attempting to keep weight – and, presumably, costs – down, the article mentions the use of a system closer to what Honda uses for its Integrated Motor Assist rather than a full Hybrid Synergy Drive system used in current Toyota hybrids. Tada says the added weight of the system could be offset by weight reduction, while aerodynamic changes and a lower center of gravity could improve the car’s handling. No word yet on whether a mild hybrid system would find its way to North America’s Scion FR-S – let alone its Subaru BRZ twin – but the thought is certainly an intriguing one. Toyota pondering high-performance GT86 hybrid? originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
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
Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Subaru , Toyota , Read This Because the Toyota GT86 , Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ coupes are now a reality, it’s almost hard to imagine the struggle that had to happen within the large, conservative corporate structures at both automakers for the joint project to even get off of the ground. Speaking to those struggles on Toyota UK’s Toyota Blog , GT86 Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada enlightens us with a recap of the sports car’s earliest origins. For Tada, the first stages of the project must have seemed almost as dreamlike as the final product is to drive. Said the Chief, “I had been working in the minivan department engineering new product, but a month after the meeting I was summoned. ‘Forget about minivans,’ they said, ‘you are now working on the sports-car project.'” The recounting of the GT86 development process makes for a genuinely interesting yarn, and is a must-read for any owners/enthusiasts of the BRZ/FR-S twins. We highly recommend clicking through to read it in full . Perhaps it’s wishful thinking, but we can’t help hoping that Tada-san has got more of the story to tell, still. We’ll be keeping an eye on the official Toyota Blog, just in case. Toyota GT86 engineer Tada recounts how sports car came to be originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Toyota , UK As dearly as we love the Toyota GT86 / Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ franchise, we readily admit we wouldn’t look sideways at a model with a bit more firepower. And while that’s not quite on the table yet, Toyota has been busy amping up the visual firepower of its rear-drive coupe with a whole host of TRD parts. To this point, that’s been a largely
Filed under: Convertible , Coupe , Performance , Videos , BMW , Lotus , Mercedes-Benz , Porsche , Scion , Toyota , Luxury , MISC , McLaren EVO has come out with another gotta-watch-it video, throwing its 2012 Car of the Year contestants around the UK’s 1.5-mile Blyton Park track. It’s actually a 15-minute teaser for the full-length DVD detailing the magazine’s Car of the Year selection, but the tease is worth every penny free second. Tiff Needell and sports car racer Richard Meaden handle the wheel duties, the two driving five pairs of sports cars: Lotus Exige S vs. Porsche Boxster S , Morgan Three-Wheeler vs. Toyota GT86 , BMW M135i vs. Porsche 911 , Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series vs. Alpina B3 GT3 , the marquee event pits the McLaren MP4-12C vs. the Pagani Huayra . After a head-to-head lap with commentary during drifts, Meaden takes each car out to set a representative lap time. You’ll find the verdicts, lots of tire smoke, and lines like “Anything you can do sideways I can do sideways” in the video below .
Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota , UK A ban has reportedly been issued on a UK commercial for the Toyota GT86 (know as the Scion FR-S here in the US) that supposedly might “encourage motorists to drive irresponsibly,” because it “condoned dangerous driving.” The commercial, known as “The Real Deal,” in question has very clearly made an effort to distance itself from any kind of illicit real-world driving, as Toyota is fully aware that British laws forbids that kind of advertising. Toyota reportedly told Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority that it did not, in fact, condone unsafe or irresponsible driving, and that its commercial – which features a digital man in a sort of Dystopian “video game” world – is impossible to reproduce under real-world conditions. Toyota UK has not, as of this writing, felt compelled to remove the advertisement from its YouTube page , meaning you are at liberty to watch it for yourself below . At least here in The States, we consider it extremely “safe for work” – just don’t try this on the road, hotshot. Does banning a commercial from television serve to make it more popular on the internet? Give us your thoughts in Comments. Continue reading Toyota GT86 ad banned in UK for encouraging “dangerous driving” Toyota GT86 ad banned in UK for encouraging “dangerous driving” originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Europe , Safety , Videos , Toyota , Humor Much has been made about the Moose Test as of late. The evasive maneuver test popularized by Swedish safety experts is meant to simulate a driver unexpectedly encountering and attempting to avoid one of these majestic furry beasts. The test is performed by executing a split-second emergency lane change to determine if the vehicle can maintain control. The Jeep Grand Cherokee supposedly failed the test recently in Sweden. Then it was alleged that the circumstances may have been rigged. Then it passed the German version of the test. It was all a bit confusing. The makers of this video have apparently had enough of the Moose Test, which is why before you is a screen grab of a mock moose is in the middle of the road. That vehicle looming behind it? It’s a Toyota GT86 , overseas twin to America’s Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ .
Filed under: Aftermarket , Coupe , Performance , Europe , Paris Motor Show , Scion , Toyota We haven’t stopped swooning over the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ twins and their corner-carving magic. For those overseas who enjoy the rear-drive coupe under the Toyota name as the GT86 , things just got a little corner-carve-ier. This GT86 TRD is everyone’s favorite rear-drive, boxer-engined Toyota, albeit fitted with a full selection of Toyota Racing Development parts. The GT86 TRD gets a more aggressive air dam, side skirts, rear diffuser and a trunk lid spoiler. There are also stainless steel rear diffusers and buyers can choose from two different sets of 18-inch TRD aluminum wheels. Inside the cabin, the driver is rewarded with a center console-mounted pushbutton start and new leather-wrapped shift knob, but things get more interesting under the skin. The TRD version features added stabilizers and an adjustable shock absorber and spring set. Other TRD kit includes front and rear monoblock brake calipers, upgraded brake lines and a high response muffler. Of particular note is the TRD Door Stabilizer. It employs a spacer that automatically fills the strike gap in the door when closed, which Toyota says improves torsional rigidity.