Toyota GT86 14R-60 shows how to do lightweight at a steep price

Toyota GT86 14R-60 shows how to do lightweight at a steep price

October 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Coupe , Performance , Japan , Toyota Toyota is finally making good on its Griffon concept from last year with this limited-edition 14R-60 that basically hops through the Toyota Racing Development catalog to imagine the ultimate lightweight GT86 (the continental relative to the Scion FR-S / Subaru BR-Z ). Unfortunately, it’s not coming stateside, and even if this modded Toyobaru were coming here, you might not want to pay the rather steep price. Like the concept, the 2.0-liter boxer engine still makes the same 197 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. However, the drivetrain isn’t entirely untouched thanks to a new air filter, engine oil cooler, a reinforced clutch, lightweight flywheel, and mechanical limited-slip differential from TRD. The six-speed transmission is also tweaked, with different gearing in first and second and an altered final drive ratio. To keep things planted the suspension gets a new coilovers, a V-shaped tower brace in the front and another in the rear. Improved deceleration comes thanks to upgraded brakes. There also are even more goodies on the outside, including a complete body kit that includes a carbon-fiber roof and massive rear spoiler. The stock wheels are replaced with 18-inch forged magnesium units, as well. Inside, buyers get a pair of TRD-branded race seats with four-point harnesses and some Alcantara trim.

Toyota recalls 690,000 Tacoma trucks for rusty leaf springs, fire risk

Toyota recalls 690,000 Tacoma trucks for rusty leaf springs, fire risk

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Recalls , Toyota Toyota has announced that it will be issuing a recall of 690,000 Tacoma pickups from model years 2005 through 2011. The affected vehicles include both the four-wheel-drive model and the two-wheel-drive PreRunner (but not the standard 4×2 pickups), which may have a rather serious problem with their rear suspensions. In some cases, corrosion and stress could cause one of the three or four leaves in the rear suspension’s leaf springs to fracture. While the trucks can still be driven with a broken leaf, Toyota is concerned that it could move out of position and impact other components in the rear of the truck, with a particular focus on the fuel tank. Needless to say, but a piece of metal continuously impacting anything, let alone the fuel tank, is cause for concern. As of this writing, there have been no reports of crashes, injuries, fires or deaths due to this problem, although that won’t stop Toyota from informing all affected customers of the issue. Those 690,000 owners will need to report in to dealers for inspections and, if necessary, repairs. Scroll down for the press release from Toyota. Continue reading Toyota recalls 690,000 Tacoma trucks for rusty leaf springs, fire risk Toyota recalls 690,000 Tacoma trucks for rusty leaf springs, fire risk originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Tacoma Debuts New SR Package and Entune® Audio for 2014

September 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2013 – The Toyota Tacoma, the best-selling compact pickup truck in the U.S. market since 2005, offers a sporty new SR appearance package for 2014, along with four levels of Entune

Toyota recalls 209,000 FJ Cruisers over seatbelt issue

Toyota recalls 209,000 FJ Cruisers over seatbelt issue

March 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: SUV , Government/Legal , Recalls , Safety , Toyota Toyota has announced that it will be issuing a substantial recall of the FJ Cruiser for a problem that could cause the front seatbelt retractors to separate from the vehicle body. This recall will apply to all FJ Cruisers – from 2007 through 2013 – totaling around 209,000 units. The problem stems from the FJ Cruiser’s pillarless door opening design that has the front-occupant seatbelts attached to the rear doors. Toyota says that when the rear doors are “repeatedly and forcefully closed,” the retractor could completely separate from the door frame. While there is no information about this recall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yet, Toyota says that there have been no accidents or injuries associated with this issue. No specific fix or recall date are given, but the official press release is posted below . Continue reading Toyota recalls 209,000 FJ Cruisers over seatbelt issue Toyota recalls 209,000 FJ Cruisers over seatbelt issue originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 16 Mar 2013 10:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota hiding easter egg on GT 86/Subaru BRZ?

Toyota hiding easter egg on GT 86/Subaru BRZ?

December 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Design/Style According to our recent and completely unscientific poll , the majority of our readership prefers the Subaru BRZ to its kissing cousin, the Toyota GT 86 . Just about half of those who clicked an opinion on our poll sided with the Subie, while the remainder were split – a quarter went with the Toyota and a quarter said the two cars were so similar that it didn’t matter. Similar they are, with different grilles, front fascias and badges standing out as the main differentiators. The rest is pretty much the same, right down to the front and rear lights. And, according to Automotive News at least, there’s a little bit of Toyota trickery at work in the styling. Take a close look at the rear of either the GT 86 or BRZ. Incorporating both the reverse lights and a rear foglight in the center between the dual exhaust tips is a distinctive element with a prominent inverted triangle shape. According to Toyota, that design “stands for Toyota’s ‘T’ shape” and is meant to ‘express its identity.’ That’s all well and good, but it’s also present on the Subaru , which is otherwise completely absent of any Toyota badging, for obvious reasons. This is especially noteworthy since Toyota led the car’s styling and bodyshape while Subaru invested its resources on the engine and chassis. Is there a conspiracy at play?

Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall on Certain Tundra Trucks to Inspect the Rear Drive Shaft

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., April 26, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc, today announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 51,000, 2011 model year Tundra trucks to inspect the rear drive shaft.

Scion Introduces FR-S Sports Coupe Concept at 2011 New York Auto Show

April 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

April 20, 2011 – New York – Scion unveiled the rear-wheel drive FR-S Concept sports coupe today at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.

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