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: Concept Cars , Convertible , Performance , Geneva Motor Show , Videos , Toyota There’s nothing wrong with going topless. And Toyota is proving that its FT-86 (read: Scion FR-S / Toyota GT86 / Subaru BRZ ) coupe is just as excellent with its roof removed. It may only be a concept, but this FT-86 Open previews a new droptop from the Japanese automaker to round out the Toyobaru sports car family. We’re finally getting the chance to see the open-air FT-86 in person here at the Geneva Motor Show , and we’re already yearning to take it canyon-carving. Interestingly, the FT-86 retains the Toyota coupe’s two-plus-two seating arrangement (we’d prefer a proper roadster setup here), but things still look good for this droptop two-door. We’ll be curious to see how the car looks with its folding soft top in place (operated by fancy-shmancy electronics, by the way). As for production intent, rumors have been flying about a production Scion FR-S convertible, but until we hear it directly from Toyota. Consider our hopes in check but our fingers crossed. UPDATE: Wondering what the FT-86 Open Concept looks like with its hat on? Wonder no more – we’ve updated our gallery with shots of the concept with its roof up .
TORRANCE, Calif., (Feb. 21, 2013) – The 2013 FR-S beat out its competition to earn the Best Sports Car for the Money from respected publication U.S. News & World Report . The annual award recognizes value, quality and critical acclaim across 21 vehicle categories.
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: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Toyota , UK , Racing It’s about time we saw someone cook up a legitimate race version of the delectable Toyota GT86 , and now it looks as if GPRM has done just that. The Buckingham-based race engineering team has built the creation you see here, complete with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder boxer cooked up by Nicholson McLaren Engines. The team says the new mill delivers between 360 and 400 horsepower to the rear wheels depending on final testing, which is a sight bit more than the 197 horses the naturally aspirated stock mill offers. The car will compete in GT4 events, including the Avon Tyres British GT Championship. Technically, the GPRM effort isn’t factory backed, but the team says the effort “has the blessing of Toyota Great Britain.” How could it not? You can check out the brief press release below below , and be sure to take a closer look at the machine in our gallery. Continue reading Toyota GT86 GT4 racer is ready for UK competition Toyota GT86 GT4 racer is ready for UK competition originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
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 , Hybrid , Performance , Technology , Scion , Subaru , Toyota We happen to like the Toyota GT86 – and, it of course goes without saying that the same applies to the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S , as well – just the way it is. Yes, that includes the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine and its 200 horsepower at 7,000 rpm. That said, a little extra power never hurt anybody, right? The most obvious way to add some punch to the GT86 would be with a turbocharger, and that has indeed long been rumored for an STI version of the BRZ. Will Toyota follow suit? According to Top Gear , the answer is no. Says GT86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, “I think 300bhp with a turbo and 200g/km of CO2 would be tasteless in this day and age. And a turbo would mean the loss of the GT86′s uniqueness.” Perhaps a bit harsh, but there you go. If no turbo, how will Toyota add some punch to its sports car? Possibly with a supercharger ?
Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Scion , Subaru , Toyota The Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S have been struck by a minor gremlin, but the repair is turning into an episode that ends with “Stay Tuned” rather than a definite conclusion. Automotive News reports that a software mapping hiccup can cause the adaptive engine ECU to get out of whack with the engine, which can, in turn, cause rough idling and stalling. Toyota said the issue does “involve the variable valve timing,” but both Subaru and Toyota say the issue is entirely about the software, that the ECU can develop a “handshake issue” with the engine after having an unfavorable ” reaction to normal mechanical variations ” in a small number of cases. The two automakers diverge on the remedy, however. After 100 miles of learning the powertrain and the driver’s driving style, AN reports that the ECU’s mapping is pretty much baked in. If engine operation exceeds the established parameters, at low revs the engine succumbs to uneven idling and stalling as the ECU tries to recalibrate to a new range of tolerances . Toyota has said that if the issue is suffered by a car with less than 100 miles, the ECU should be reflashed, but that cars with more than 100 miles should have their ECUs replaced. Subaru, though, has said that the ECU doesn’t need to be replaced no matter the mileage – a reflash is all that’s required. It appears that some owners who have had the reflash have suffered the problem again. We don’t have any hard numbers on how many of the coupes are afflicted and how many have been fixed, so it’s impossible to know how big or little the issue is.
Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota , UK Everybody loves a good dystopian story, right? From classics like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 to modern works like The Hunger Games , people are fascinated by the imaginative tales of a future society beset by the decidedly unfortunate consequences of human activity. Someone in Toyota’s UK marketing team has been paying attention to the trend. In the video after the break, you’ll see a pixelated future where real driving fun is almost impossible to come by. Our digital protagonist takes us on a short journey through dark and damp city streets in a car controlled by computers before finding his way to a bright red Toyota GT86 . Mayhem ensues until our newly alive driver breaks free of his artificial constraints. Watch the video below … before Big Brother has it removed from YouTube. Continue reading UK Toyota GT86 busts out of a Dystopian future UK Toyota GT86 busts out of a Dystopian future originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .