Posts Tagged ‘GT-86’

Toyota GT86 to Get Facelift in 2016

Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 15th, 2015

2014 Toyota GT86

It was only a few days ago when we heard about Scion’s plans to upgrade to their FR-S sports coupe for the 2016 model year. Now, it sounds like the rest of the world outside of the US will also be enjoying a new version of Toyota’s budget-friendly compact coupe, but it may come in the middle of 2016 instead of later this year, but it’ll still be a 2016MY either way.

The Toyota GT86, along with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, was originally launched back in 2012. So, 2016 would be the perfect year for a mid-cycle refresh. According to Australian automotive blog, Motoring, a Toyota insider has said to “look to some major body panel redesign.” But not too major… “It won’t be too radical because the 86 is made on the same assembly line is the Subaru BRZ, so the restyling process must be carried out within set parameters,” the insider warranted.

Keep in mind, Subaru is the only one of the three brands that has yet to announce any mid-cycle changes to their version of the joint-venture sports coupe. We expect that they will eventually have a mid-cycle refresh of their own, but perhaps they will wait until the end of 2016 for the 2017MY so that Toyota’s coupes can have their time in the spotlight.

2014 Toyota GT86 rear

Either way, the 2016 Toyota GT86 will likely feature a revised, sportier front-end design. This will likely include a fresh new hood design, restyled headlights or DRLs, a larger grille and possibly new color options. The rear could get a new taillight arrangement and a resculpted bumper, along with a “more aesthetic yet aggressive rear diffuser,” according to Motoring’s source. In addition, they say the distance between the exhaust pipes will be extended to the rear corners in order to create a wider-feeling stance.

Under the hood, we’re told that, “Engineers have focused on friction reduction engineering and a more efficient intake manifold design that will boost power and torque by around 5%, while improving fuel efficiency by up to 7%.” A 5% increase over the current car’s 197 horsepower would put us at about 207 horsepower… Just enough of a boost to be noticeable. Meanwhile, the 86’s chassis may also see some improvements, such as the addition of custom Sachs dampers and a stiffer rear-end subframe, which should help that extra 10 horsepower feel a whole lot more fun to drive.

Either way, we’re expecting the refresh to come in April of 2016, since it was April 2012 when the Toyota 86 originally launched in Japan.


3 Cars You Can’t Miss From the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, January 17th, 2015

While the Detroit Motor Show rages on in the US (we’ll be back next week with more coverage), the Tokyo Auto Salon is quickly drawing to a close, and we haven’t yet had an opportunity to share our favorite finds from the show. Yesterday we showcased some really neat aftermarket concepts from Subaru, but there’s oh so much more to see.

As you continue reading, you’ll get a look at three of our favorite Japanese cars from this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon.

Honda Vezel Mugen Concept

Honda Vezel Mugen Concept

This Vezel-based concept is a semi-quirky racer customized by M-TEC (aka. Mugen) in celebration of their performance in the SUPER GT 300 class in the last Super Formula series. It’s a conventional JDM Vezel fit with Mugen parts, including an off-the-wall bodykit, upgraded brakes and suspension, sleek 20-inch alloys and a sporty interior.

Toyota Mark X GRMN

Toyota Mark X GRMN Concept

What we have here is a conventional Toyota Mark X that’s been modified by Toyota-affiliated racing firm GAZOO Racing, known by the acronym GRMN. The firm made a number of aesthetic improvements, including a subtle body kit with a rear spoiler and 19-inch alloys, a revised interior with sport seats and steering wheel, plus plenty of carbon fiber trim. But the truly noteworthy improvement here is the new powertrain, which GRMN borrowed from the current Lexus IS 350. So, you get a 3.5L V6 paired with a 6-speed manual, which delivers a full 316hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

Only 100 units of the Toyota Mark X GRMN will be sold, and they’ll start at about $45,000.

Toyota GT86 GRMN Concept

Toyota brought a total of 34 concepts to the Tokyo Auto Salon from a number of different tuning firms. Our other favorite would have to be the GRMN GT86 Concept, seen above.

Nissan GT-R Nismo N Attack Package

Nissan GT-R NISMO N Attack Package

Much like Toyota, Nissan brought multiple NISMO-tuned models to the Tokyo Auto Salon, but none more eye-catching than the Nissan GT-R NISMO N Attack Package. This is the exact same car that achieved a record lap time for volume production cars of 7 minutes and 8.679 seconds on the Nürburgring last year.

NISMO showcased two versions of the GT-R kit; the N Attack Package A – an identical model to the Nurburgring record-setter – and the N Attack Package B – which is toned down a bit for daily driving.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2015 Honda Vezel

2015 Honda Vezel

Since we’ve already showcased multiple Nissan GT-R and Toyota GT86 Japanese car auction finds (even a Toyota Mark X), we thought today would be a good time to showcase the new Honda Vezel crossover. What you see here is a brand-new 2015MY with near zero miles on the odometer.

2015 Honda Vezel interior

The Vezel has been a huge hit in Japan, and for good reason. It’s a reliable Honda with above-average styling for the stereotypically plain-looking automaker. The Vezel is well-primed to take the place of the CR-V as Honda drivers’ go-to crossover, and you’ll find several models in various colors up for auction in Japan. When  you log into our Integrity Exports database, all you have to do is select Honda as the manufacturer and Vezel as the model, and within seconds you’ll have a list of over 20 models (at time of writing) to choose from.

For more information about this particular model, keep reading below the auction sheet for a translation of this car’s specs.

2015 Honda Vezel auction sheet

“Grade S, interior A, first registered January 2015, Hybrid Z Navi S Package, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, airbags, cruise control, smart key, rear view reversing camera, AT, AC, service book, spare key, hole where stereo has been removed, marks as per map”


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, December 20th, 2014

2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited

After learning about Toyota’s decision to delay the Toyota Prius due to a bland design, it got us thinking about the design of Toyota’s current lineup, and which cars truly stand out for their aesthetic appeal. It didn’t take long for the highly acclaimed Toyota GT-86 to come to mind.

Now, if you were to search for the GT-86 in our Japanese car auction database, you’d have a hard time finding any results. That’s because what we in the States call the GT-86 is sold in Japan merely as the Toyota 86. After realizing that, it was easy to identify a solid 25 of Toyota’s sports cars up for auction in Japan, not one of them rated lower than a 4.

Today’s Japanese car auction find is a 2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited in excellent shape. The deep black paint job is crisp and nearly totally unmarred. The modern-looking 17” twin spoke alloys are in particularly good shape, and a lot can – and has – been said about the GT-86’s design.

2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited auction find

Compared to the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S, the GT-86 has a slightly more rugged and linear design. Especially compared to the BRZ… The edgier 86 could be likened to a sharp knife cutting through the wind, while the BRZ is curvy and more closely resembles a raindrop falling from the sky. The nice thing about this black color-scheme is that the car’s A-pillar and roof line blend smoothly into the windshield, creating a pseudo-panoramic effect. And of course, because this is a GT Limited you’ll get the performance enhancing rear spoiler.

Inside, the Toyota 86 is a little less clean-cut. You can clearly tell that the cockpit was designed to evoke that of a race car. Again, you’ll notice a few extra features with the Limited model… Chief among them is the black/red leather and Alcantara seating (the normal 86 only has black fabric seating). The ‘red’ theme continues throughout the interior of the Limited model; the steering wheel, parking brake and shifter all get a red wrap to catch the eye. Also, you can’t see it in the image below, but there are aluminum pedals, a digital speedometer, and sleek silver accents throughout the dash.

2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited interior

In addition to the sporty interior design, you’ll also enjoy a surprising number of interior amenities. For example, automatic air conditioning, a built-in navigation/infotainment screen, push-button ignition, and a surprising amount of boot space for being such a small car (the rear seats fold down).

Of course, we have to at least mention the engine. The main reason Toyota partnered with Subaru in the first place was to take advantage of their mighty boxer engine manufacturing, and the workhorse in this Toyota 86 won’t disappoint. It’s a 2.0L water-cooled flat-four cylinder with Toyota’s D4-S direct-injection and an insanely high compression ratio of 12.5:1.

If you’d like to learn more about this stellar 2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited, simply continue reading below the auction sheet for a detailed translation of the specs.

2012 Toyota 86 GT Limited auction sheet

“Great 4.5, interior B, first registered 2012 (month of first registration not stated), GT Limited, six-speed manual gearbox, AAC, service book, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, leather, original TV, original navigation system, airbags, adjustable suspension, HKS muffler, SD navigation system with digital TV and DVD video playback, black and red half-leather seats, seat heaters, HID, rear spoiler, 14,470 km, several slight cigarette burn marks on seats, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”