Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Plants/Manufacturing , Subaru , Toyota Finally. It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for ever since Toyota and Subaru jointly announced their compact rear-wheel-drive sports car: production is now underway. With an official ceremony at Subaru’s Gunma Main Plant, attended by Toyota president Akio Toyoda, Subaru pushed the Big Red Button (quite literally, in case you were wondering) that sent BRZ and Toyota GT 86 coupes down the assembly line. And the event was captured in both still images and video for our viewing pleasure. Check out our high-res image gallery above, and see below for the video and official press release. Oh, and if you’re one of the lucky ones with a deposit down for either the Subaru or the Toyota’s Scion FR-S twin (America won’t get one with an interlocking rings badge), it’s officially time to consider making room in your garage. Continue reading Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT 86 production gets underway [w/video] Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT 86 production gets underway [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Japan , Videos , Toyota We all tend to get a bit overzealous at times – we’ll call it part of human nature – and as many times as not, our tendencies to show off manifest themselves most when we’re behind the wheel of a hot new sports car. Like, say the brand new Toyota GT 86 , also known as the 2013 Scion FR-S here in the States, or, in Subaru form, the BRZ . Such is the case with the unlucky fellow you’ll see in the video embedded below. During what appears to be a drive event for Toyota’s new coupe, taking place on a wet track in what we believe is Japan, one driver exceeded his talent level in a bright red GT 86, sending it careening into a makeshift wall. The good news is that it was a low-speed mishap, which means nobody was injured and the car will need little more than a decent buffing. Or maybe a new fascia… either way, no big deal. See the video clip below . Continue reading Is this show-off the first to crash a Toyota GT 86? Is this show-off the first to crash a Toyota GT 86?
Filed under: Car Buying , Coupe , Budget , Performance , Etc. , Japan , Toyota It’s getting harder and harder to purchase a genuine stripped down vehicle these days. Manufacturers have discovered that it’s both cheaper and easier to offer every model with a surprisingly high level of content rather than build multiple variations on the same theme. That’s why tricks like power locks and windows are all but ubiquitous, even on bargain-basement models. Not so in Japan. Toyota is offering buyers a stripper version of the company’s new GT86 sports coupe. The vehicle comes as a blank canvas just waiting for your personal touch. Outside, the stock 17-inch alloy wheels are replaced with 16-inch steelies, and the bumpers, side mirrors and door handles all arrive unpainted. Don’t expect to find any fog lights, either. Indoors, niceties like a stereo, air conditioning and even trim work around the steering wheel and shifter are nowhere to be found.
Filed under: Coupe , Videos , Scion , Toyota The Scion FR-S may not be big on power, but Toyota and Subaru engineers have delivered a lightweight, rear-drive coupe at what should be a palatable price point. That sounds like a recipe for track day fun if you ask us, or you can watch the post-jump video for visual evidence. One drifter as he has his way with the FR-S on a track, and his camera was capturing the frames for proof. The unnamed cockpit commander seemed easily able to nose in and kick out the rump, often without the use of the parking brake. A light rain may have helped the drifts along a bit, but we’re encouraged by what we see. Hit the jump for some entertaining sideways shenanigans. UPDATE: The wheelman in question is Formula Drift racer Ken Gushi, wheeling around Sodegaura Forest Raceway just outside Tokyo. Continue reading Will it drift? Yes, the 2013 Scion FR-S will drift [UPDATE] Will it drift? Yes, the 2013 Scion FR-S will drift [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:00:00 EST.
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?
Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Etc. , Japan , Tokyo Motor Show , Subaru , Toyota Toyota is flush with buzz surrounding the company’s new 86 sports car, and that could translate into additional performance models if the vehicle’s chief engineer has anything to say about it. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Tetsuya Tada, the mind that brought the Toyota 86 to life, believes there’s room in the stable for two additional sports cars. Tada is quoted as saying that while the 86 is a mid-sized sports car, he’d like to see one vehicle positioned below the boxer-powered coupe as well as an additional model slotted higher in the lineup. The latter machine could potentially be a successor to the Supra , complete with a high-horsepower engine and rear wheel drive. Like the 86, that vehicle would be another collaborative project between Toyota and Subaru . Unfortunately, Tada is quick to say that nothing has been decided as of yet. Keep your fingers crossed. Toyota considering Supra successor and sub-86 sports car originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 04 Dec 2011 18:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
Filed under: Spy Photos , Scion , Subaru , Toyota Spy Shots: Subaru Coupe – Click above for high-res image gallery Judging by the recent influx of spy shots, Toyota is working hard, fine-tuning its upcoming Scion FR-S sports car. Now, we’re finally getting a look at the Subaru version. Spy photogs snapped the two-door Subie undergoing some road testing. The style is similar to the Scion we’ve been seeing , but the Subaru appears to get a different front-end treatment. Though most of the important bits and pieces are well-covered by all the swirly graphics, the spy photographers did manage to grab a shot of the interior of the coupe. A paddle shifter is clearly visible , and we hope to eventually spy a version with a manual transmission as well. Check out all of the spy shots of the Subaru coupe by clicking through the gallery below. Subaru’s RWD sports car caught wearing same outfit as Toyota sibling originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 May 2011 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Concept Cars , Spy Photos , Coupe , Budget , Performance , Scion , Subaru , Toyota 2013 Toyobaru – Click above for high-res image gallery These shots appear to be of the Subaru version of the planned, talked-about, redesigned, and talked-about-some-more 2013 Scion FR-S /Toyota FT-86/ Toyobaru . According to our reader spy, this version was wearing Subaru distributor plates, pretty much giving away its true identity. While the heavy camo does a great job obscuring the a good look at the car, and the shots are taken from a distance, it looks like the Subaru coupe will sport slightly more understated lines than its stablemate at Scion. Toyobaru spotted on the 405? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 21 May 2011 18:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Scion , Subaru , Toyota Scion FR-S takes in the German countryside – Click above to watch video after the jump We have the Scion FR-S on the brain, and it’s not going away anytime soon thanks to the onslaught of new spy photos that keep rolling in. This time, however, we’ve got video instead of still photography courtesy of our friends at FT86club.com . It’s always great to see a car in motion, and besides, now we have an idea of what the Scion sports car’s exhaust note might sound like. We’ve been having some fun at Autoblog HQ debating exactly what’s going on under all of that swirly camouflage. Some think we may, in fact, be looking at the Subaru version of the Toyota/Subie joint venture – that wing and those wheels say STI to us. However, others point out that the wing could easily be a shout-out to the Supras of yore. Regardless, we all like what we see and can’t wait until someone pulls the wraps off this thing. Click past the jump to see the prototype in motion. Continue reading Scion FR-S caught on its working vacation in Germany Scion FR-S caught on its working vacation in Germany originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 May 2011 12:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
Filed under: Coupe , Budget , Performance , Tokyo Motor Show , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Rumormill Scion FR-S Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery The wait is over… almost. According to a report from Inside Line that jives with what we’ve been hearing ourselves, Toyota (or Scion , or both) and Subaru are set to use the Tokyo Motor Show to jointly unveil the hotly anticipated rear-wheel-drive sport coupes that they have been working on together since what seems like the beginning of time. Yes, that means we need to sit back and keep waiting until December, but at least it’s some sort of real real date to mark on the calendar, right? Until then, you’ll just have to be content with what is sure to be an endless series of spy shots and leaked information on the affordable sportscar duo. Inside Line also offers something of a timetable for production, saying that the Scion FR-S will hit American shores sometime in 2012 (rather nebulous, no?) while the unnamed Subaru version will begin production in the spring of the same year. Toyota and Subaru to unveil production sport coupes in Tokyo? originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 May 2011 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink