Scion trying to build business case for FR-S convertible as Subaru bows out

Scion trying to build business case for FR-S convertible as Subaru bows out

January 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Budget , Performance , Scion , Subaru , Toyota Hope may remain for a convertible version of the Scion FR-S , according to a report from Ward’s Auto . You’ll recall that rumors were swirling about the feasibility of a rear-drive Toyobaru convertible as early as October , and that back in November, Subaru – which makes the FR-S, Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 – essentially nixed the idea of an open-topped variant . “We make the car, so if we don’t make it, it can’t happen,” brand chief Yasuyuki Yoshinaga told Automotive News , according to Ward’s , at the Tokyo Motor Show . “Our engineering department told me that losing the entire roof requires a complete redesign of the structure. It would need a big change.” Despite Yoshinaga-san’s arguments against a droptop variant, Toyota is apparently still considering the model. Speaking to media at the 2014 North American International Auto Show , Scion’s US vice president, Doug Murtha, hinted that the rear-drive droptop was in the works. “It’s something we’re looking at internally from both a manufacturing standpoint – where do we build something that’s relatively low-volume, if not at Subaru – and from an engineering standpoint: Where are those resources going to come from to do it?” Murtha said. For now, it appears as if Toyota is merely doing its homework on the feasibility of a production version of the FT-86 Open Concept from the 2013 Geneva and Tokyo shows (show above). “Everybody’s had to pony up their volumes and we’ll see if we can make it happen,” Murtha told Wards . Whether the volumes check out or not, the question of how Toyota will get around the engineering issues – making a convertible safe – and figuring out where to build it, mean that while our hopes for an FR-S Convertible are higher, the car still faces a rather rocky road before reaching production.

Toyota reveals brace of customized concepts at Tokyo Auto Salon

Toyota reveals brace of customized concepts at Tokyo Auto Salon

January 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Concept Cars , Toyota , Tokyo Auto Salon The Tokyo Auto Salon kicked off this weekend, filling the slot in the Japanese car scene that SEMA does in North America or Essen does in Germany with tuned and modified versions of domestic automobiles. Of course, Toyota wouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to show just how far its JDM models can be taken, and to that end brought no fewer than 34 customized vehicles to the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City. Among the highlights is the Harrier G Sports Concept, a modified version of the new crossover that debuted just a couple of months ago at the more mainstream Tokyo Motor Show , with a blacked-out snout that makes it look like a Lexus RX with a bloody nose. There was also a similarly modified Vitz RS G Sports Concept, fitting sports seats and a firmer suspension to the hatchback better known on this side of the Pacific as the Yaris . Toyota’s Japanese in-house tuning division GRMN modified the domestic Mark X sport sedan, replete with 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed manual, with an optimized suspension, brakes and Torsen limited-slip differential. It was joined by the GRMN 86 Concept that brings Gazoo Racing’s experience on the N

Dubai claims debut of Toyota GT86 sedan concept

Dubai claims debut of Toyota GT86 sedan concept

November 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Sedan , Toyota , Misc. Auto Shows , Middle East Typically, when the organizers of an auto show reveal that a new car will debut at their show, we take notice. But this particular claim from the Dubai International Motor Show ought to be taken with a grain of salt. As our compatriots at AutoGuide discovered, the Facebook page for the Emirates auto expo includes a post with an interesting claim: that a sedan based on the Toyota GT86 (known in the US as the Scion FR-S ) will debut at the show. The Facebook post is accompanied by the image above, purporting to show the concept in question. The strange part is that the organizers claim the four-door GT86 concept will make its “regional unveil” at the Dubai show, which would seem to indicate that the concept in question would make its international debut at an earlier show. Considering that the doors open in Dubai on Tuesday, that seems increasingly unlikely. All of this begs the question, If this isn’t actually a four-door GT86, what might it be? Dubai claims debut of Toyota GT86 sedan concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 03 Nov 2013 11:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota brings TRD Griffon GT86 to Goodwood [w/video]

Toyota brings TRD Griffon GT86 to Goodwood [w/video]

July 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Toyota , UK In the midst of the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed , there’s a particularly special Toyota running up the hill. This special entry is a GT86 (the cousin to our Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ ) that’s been poked, prodded, and tweaked by the minds at Toyota Racing Development . The result of TRD’s fettling is a nearly race-ready car. Starting with the body, the hood, doors, trunk lid, and wings are all made of carbon fiber. The lightweight treatment doesn’t end there, though. The bumpers, fenders, and diffuser all feature carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, while the windows are now made of polycarbonate plastic. Under the hood sits the same 2.0-liter boxer engine found in the standard GT86, but its six-speed manual gearbox features a shorter final drive ratio for improved acceleration. The coilover suspension has been firmed up, and a TRD mechanical limited-slip differential replaces the Torsen unit. The TRD Griffon rides on TWS 18-inch wheels and Yokohama Advan tires. To bring proceedings to a stop, TRD has fitted its own mono-block caliper kit, complete with more robust racing pads.

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

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

Toyota GT 86, Lexus LFA racers ready for Nürburgring 24 Hours

Toyota GT 86, Lexus LFA racers ready for Nürburgring 24 Hours

May 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Etc. , Europe , Lexus , Toyota , Racing Toyota and Lexus are gearing up for this year’s N

Pair of Toyota GT86s duel in parking lot drift battle

Pair of Toyota GT86s duel in parking lot drift battle

February 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Japan , Videos , Toyota There is likely no end to the amount of fun one can have with an empty parking lot, a few cones and a willing vehicle. Add two capable machines to the mix and the enjoyment increases exponentially. When those happen to be two Toyota GT86 coupes, all that’s missing is the not-so judicious application of one’s right foot. Two pro drift drivers recently got the chance to fling the GT86 around in a quick battle, and the result is a video that shows just how controllable the GT86 is right out of the box. While we could think of a handful of other sports cars that are as capable right from the showroom floor, the list of those with price tags as slim as the GT86 and its Scion and Subaru brethren is considerably thinner. Hit the jump for a few lessons in car control. Continue reading Pair of Toyota GT86s duel in parking lot drift battle Pair of Toyota GT86s duel in parking lot drift battle originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 06 Feb 2012 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota GT86 spends time with its ancestors

Toyota GT86 spends time with its ancestors

December 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Etc. , Japan , Videos , Toyota Toyota is out to draw parallels between the company’s new GT86 sports car and some of the legends of the automaker’s past. A new video depicting the new coupe’s development spends plenty of time with the GT86 on screen with the likes of the Toyota Sports 800 and even the AE86. Those are both fine sparring partners for a vehicle that prides itself on superior handling over outright brawn. Watching engineers cane the GT86 around the world’s various road courses only stokes our desire for a little more time with the either of the two-door’s corporate cousins. As you may recall, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ both left favorable impressions on us during our recent drives, but we could use a full week’s worth of sideways action to figure out whether those pieces of hardware are worthy of sharing tarmac with the likes of the legendary AE86. Hit the jump to take a look. Continue reading Toyota GT86 spends time with its ancestors Toyota GT86 spends time with its ancestors originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota considering Supra successor and sub-86 sports car

Toyota considering Supra successor and sub-86 sports car

December 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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 .

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