Toyota GT 86 shooting brake concept has been revealed in Australia and it is following the GT 86 sports car traits
The Japanese automaker revealed Toyota GT 86 sports car few years ago with an old school strategy of making sports cars as this specific segment is going infamous with the passage of time.
GT86 Shooting Brake Concept
Who design the concept?
The all new GT 86 shooting brake concept has been revealed in Sydney Australia as it is the developed by the Toyota design team at Toyota Australia. The design tem and Toyota says that the concept will be driveable car and it will be tested on the Toyota test tracks in Australia as well.
What Toyota says?
The chief engineer at Toyota, Tetsuya Tada said that the nicely balanced ad directed steering of the GT 86 makes the car a true driver’s car, it helps the car to retain the engaging driving experience of a coupe with a neutral feel in the tight corners.
What is it?
Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake Concept Engine
Toyota has not revealed the performance figures or the powertrain details of new GT 86 but it has been confirmed that the new Toyota GT 86 will use Toyota’s most famous 2.0-litre engine with flat four configuration. This engine is capable of cranking out 197bhp of power.
Where it was developed?
The prototype was developed in japan under the supervision and directions of global sports division of Toyota. Toyota says that the four seats sports car will head room on the rear and some extra luggage space as well.
Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake Concept Back
What is a shooting brake concept?
The all new shooting brake concept is a fantastic option for active couples and an optional car for those families who wants something different for enjoyment. The marketing boss of Toyota Australia said that the new GT 86 shooting brake is suitable for weekends away like tracking and speeding etc. Toyota is looking to gauge the people response on the GT 86 shooting brakes concept but there are no production plans so far.
New Toyota GT 86 unveiled in UK with a discount of £2500, prices start from £22,495
The long awaited and new Toyota GT 86 has finally been launched in UK with a massive discount of £2500 with prices starting from £22,495. Toyota also announced that the range topping Aero version is coming soon too. The order books for all new GT 86 Primo are already open and first deliveries are scheduled for January while prices start from £22,495 for entry level model. It is exclusively available with six speed manual transmission. Toyota Primo is powered by a standard 2.0 Litre boxer engines and can produce 197bhp.
Toyota GT 86 Boxer Engine
Toyota Primo gets 17-inch alloy wheels, a limited slip differential, aluminium pedals, and interior luxuries including air conditioning. There are several other tweaks available, such as a tyre pressure monitoring system and latest infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity.
After an introductory discount given on Toyota GT 86, Toyota plans to offer the Primo with an initial price as well. This model will be introduced with a price cut of £2115 and will start from £22,995.The all new Primo will come with keyless entry and cruise control system, however dual zone climate control system will be offered as standard.
A new GT 86 Aero model will be offered as a flagship, featuring an all new body kit and rear spoiler. The flagship car will join the range priced from £26,495.
Toyota Supra is yet to arrive and Toyota says that the roof is likely to be ripped off rather than introducing a Convertible version of its well admired Toyota 86 Coupe.
Toyota FT-1 Concept
Tetsuya Tada, is the chief engineer of Toyota 86 and Toyota Supra, he spoke to media last week at Nürburgring 24-hour race.
He said that Toyota has not given up on their vision of 86 Convertible which is gearing up for mass production after its first unveil at Geneva Motor Show as a concept last year. It was also updated as right hand drive for Tokyo Motor Show. He further added that, the economic downturn in Europe and drop in sales in US markets are the factors that make it harder to justify the additional costs.
Toyota FT-1 Convertible version
There are several options available regarding another Sports model from the house of Toyota but Tada says that he believes in quality and thinks that the convertible model should be on any higher spec version such as FT-1 which is a strong contender for this transformation.
Toyota plans to introduce three sports versions including a realistic Convertible and the stunning Toyota FT-1 are at the top of the list of cars to be used to gauge the customer satisfaction and other factors such as styling and body type of Supra.
On the power options, Tada remained tight lipped and only hinted that the major components will be shared with BMW, which is rumoured to be the project partner to build the roadster above the Z4. He further added, “I think this is okay from a philosophy point of view, but always the business case is the most difficult point to bring this to the market, we are studying this, but more likely this is a pure concept.”
Toyota has retained its number one spot as the world’s biggest manufacturer beating its closest
rival GM by 270,000 units. Toyota sold 9.98 million vehicles during 2013 up 2% from the year before as Toyota also announced plans to sell 10.32 million vehicles in 2014. Toyota has still managed to revive its fate after the damages it faced in the 2011 tsunami. The tsunami and earthquake in 2011 caused extensive widespread devastation which affected car suppliers and production.
Toyota has also been facing reputational issues after a series of recalls and safety issues as more than 14 million vehicles have been recalled since 2009. However, at the end of 2013, Japan’s exports saw their biggest annual rise for three years. Car exports also rose to 31.3% year-on-year, as the Japanese yen saw big falls in value against the dollar. Toyota has been the top manufacturer in the world for more than 70 years. Toyota was the king of automakers till 2011. However, it regained the number one position in 2012.
GM sold 9.71 million vehicles last year, while Germany’s Volkswagen came in third with sales of 9.5 million vehicles. Toyota’s leading models have been Lexus and Prius hybrid models. Toyota’s sales target for 2014 is 10.32 million which is significant as no carmaker has gone beyond the 10 million mark. The three largest carmakers all had a strong 2013, and the figures are an indication of a healthy global automotive sector.
Will the Toyota GT-86 get a more powerfull version? This is a question that everyone is asking on every single web forum, most are demanding for it. What does the car’s chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has to say about it, “ 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.” Now that’s cleared, then what’s up Toyota’s sleeve? “We’re looking for a surprise,” Tada says. “Something unique. For example, a hybrid motor”.
Many GT-86 fans might be disappointed by the news but there is more. The hybrid he is talking about is not the regular Toyota Hybrid System (THS), used on the hatchbacks like Prius. “The THS is good in town, but not for sporty driving or high-speed motorways.” He goes on, “we’re looking at a next-generation hybrid. More like the TS030 Le Mans Prototype. We’re looking into that possibility”. Now this sounds good, Testuya always had supported the idea that GT86 needs a high revving engine in order to be classed as a proper sports car. That is the very reason he worked on to develop a special version of Toyota’s direct-injection system that could handle high rpm. The KERS system recovers energy when brakes are applied and store it in super-capacitors that give a kick of torque down the next straight.
The GT86 with KERS system might not be around the corner but it sure is something we can look forward to in some years time.