Toyota GT86 ad banned in UK for encouraging "dangerous driving"

Toyota GT86 ad banned in UK for encouraging "dangerous driving"

November 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Hi-po Toyota GT86 to get KERS?

Hi-po Toyota GT86 to get KERS?

November 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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 ?

ICON FJ-44 checks in to Jay Leno’s Garage

ICON FJ-44 checks in to Jay Leno’s Garage

October 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Classics , Performance , SUV , Videos , Toyota , Celebrities , Off-Road Jay Leno is a big fan of ICON machinery. The comic and TV personality has already featured vehicles like the ICON Bronco and Derelict DeSoto on separate episodes, and now owner Jonathan Ward has stopped by the Big Dog Garage to show off the company’s latest creation: The FJ-44. Unlike the company’s other efforts, the FJ-44 isn’t based on any historical model. Instead, ICON engineered the four-door aluminum bodywork and has it manufactured by a separate supplier. The company’s workers powdercoat the body for a little extra durability and plop an LS-series General Motors V8 under the hood with up to 420 horsepower. If you want one, get ready to shell out $160,000 for the privilege. If we had the cash, we’d have one in the garage in a heartbeat. Leno seems impressed both by the craftsmanship and the vehicle’s on-road manners, though the clip below doesn’t venture off road. We imagine this creation would do just fine no matter where you pointed the nose. Check it out for yourself.

Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ rough idle issues require ECU reflash

Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ rough idle issues require ECU reflash

October 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

UK Toyota GT86 busts out of a Dystopian future

UK Toyota GT86 busts out of a Dystopian future

August 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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 .

Scion FR-S faces teething problems, owner’s manual recall

Scion FR-S faces teething problems, owner’s manual recall

June 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Plants/Manufacturing , Recalls , Scion , Subaru , Toyota The Scion FR-S / Toyota GT86 / Subaru BRZ triplets are being recalled due to an issue not with the car, but with the owner’s manual: pages detailing the operation of the smart airbags contain a misprint. Although it’s classified as a recall, owners don’t need to take their cars to their dealers; Scion and Subaru will be sending the nearly 2,800 owners corrected pages that can be inserted in the manual. If you’d rather have your dealer do the Elmer’s Glue work, they will have corrected pages that they can insesrt in the owner’s manual for you. Two separate issues seem to be affecting the FR-S only, even though it is built on the same line with the BRZ. Toyota issued “tech tips” to dealers to let them know that owners have reported that condensation has been forming inside the taillamp housings. According to an exchange on the FT86Club forum , the coupe’s chief engineer declared that problem fixed after remedying a detail in the production process. Another tech tip regarding body panel issues read, “Some 2013 Scion FR-S vehicles may exhibit a condition where body panel fitting may not meet customer expectations.” It refers to complaints that panels were as much as a quarter-inch out of flush. It isn’t clear how many cars are affected, nor how many owners have formally complainted, but according to a post on TundraHeadquarters.com, Toyota is “looking into it.” Scion FR-S faces teething problems, owner’s manual recall originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota working on Playstation-compatible track day black box for Scion FR-S

Toyota working on Playstation-compatible track day black box for Scion FR-S

June 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Technology , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Toys/Games Autocar reports Toyota and Subaru are working on ways to sharpen the GT 86 , BRZ and Scion FR-S triplets. While that may mean buyers could see a convertible version of the sports coupe as soon as 2014 , engineers are also working on a variety of other improvements, including a new track telemetry system. Using an onboard black box, the gadgetry will record a slew of data from track days. That’s nothing new, but the cool part is buyers will then be able to upload and compare their times with other FR-S owners via Sony PlayStation . The report says Toyota is currently working to map major tracks around the world. There’s no word on when the kit will debut, but according to the report, buyers of early models will be able to retrofit their cars with the telemetry system with relative ease. In addition, multiple online tutorials and demonstrations will be available for various tracks. Toyota working on Playstation-compatible track day black box for Scion FR-S originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 31 May 2012 15:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Gazoo Racing drums up twincharged 320-horsepower Toyota GT86

Gazoo Racing drums up twincharged 320-horsepower Toyota GT86

May 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Performance , Europe , Toyota As if turbos weren’t enough. Gazoo Racing (full name: Gazoo Racing Masters of N

Scion FR-S convertible coming by early 2014

Scion FR-S convertible coming by early 2014

May 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Convertible , Performance , Scion , Toyota With an epic chassis and the lowest center of gravity in the business, there’s plenty for enthusiast to love about the Scion FR-S . Except, that is, for those who prefer to take their nimble, affordable sports cars with the roof down. Their choices are rather limited in this price category to the Mazda MX-5 and Ford Mustang , but if the latest reports prove accurate, the FR-S – which is, of course, virtually identical to the Subaru BRZ and sold overseas as the Toyota GT 86 – is preparing to throw its hat in the ring, as well. Long rumored, a convertible version of the jointly-developed “Toyobaru” coupe could stand to boost sales figures and help the bean-counters justify the expenditure on the new platform. However while the speedster concept recently showcased at Long Beach lost its rear seats (along with most of its windshield), Car and Driver predicts that the FR-S convertible will keep the auxiliary pair in the back – though the addition of a folding roof mechanism would likely mean that would come at the expense of most of the trunk room. We’re told to expect the FR-S convertible to arrive sometime late in 2013 or early in 2014, with a price tag that would tack a few grand onto the coupe’s $25,000 MSRP. Look for the same 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower boxer four to carry over with a choice of six-speed transmissions in either manual or automatic configurations. Beyond that, Toyota may be considering basing a larger four-door sedan and coupe off the new platform, which could stand to make the money men back at headquarters – to say nothing of the enthusiasts – even more happy. Scion FR-S convertible coming by early 2014 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 May 2012 15:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Supra successor back in the cards?

Toyota Supra successor back in the cards?

May 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Hybrid , Performance , Toyota , Rumormill Motor Trend reports Toyota may have plans to resurrect the Supra name, or at least a new sports coupe to fill the role of the long-dead two door. Hot on the heels of sports cars like the Lexus LFA and Scion FR-S , designers are reportedly working on dusting off the 2007 FT-HS Concept for another go at life. Paired with the company’s GRMN MRS prototype chassis, the vehicle will likely deliver up to 400 horsepower from a 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor. If the notion of a hybrid Supra is enough to ruffle your feathers, you may want to stop reading right now. Unlike the previous sports coupe, the new model will make use of an all-wheel-drive system. Still reading? MT reports the machine will put power to all four wheels via a CVT pulled from the Lexus RX . That noise? It’s the sound of a lonely sad trombone echoing down the halls of the internet. Of course, all of this seems to be little more than a few educated guesses stuck together.

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