Mar 292017
 
Toyota Sports Car Lineup - © M 93 / Wikimedia Commons

Toyota GT86 – © M 93 / Wikimedia Commons

Some folks might say that three’s a crowd. But those people clearly weren’t referring to the resurgence of the Toyota sports car lineup. The automaker, content with its accomplishment in the family-friendly segment, has turned its attention and talent to designing and engineering a triumvirate of sports cars, what Toyota engineer Tetsuya Tada calls “the three brothers.”

Toyota Supra

In a collaboration that easily justifies an immature fit of ecstatic squealing and hand-waving, Toyota engineers have been fraternizing with BMW engineers to produce a common platform that will underpin the all-new Toyota Supra (as well as the upcoming BMW Z5). The Supra will be “lighter than its rivals,” according to Tada. He also alluded to taking inspiration from the Porsche Cayman.

Toyota GT86

Of course, the GT86 has already been on the road for years. It’s still got those low-profile, athletic good looks. The GT86 also features a 2.0-liter flat-four engine, with horizontally-opposed pistons, that sits low—all for enhanced driving dynamics. The GT86 stays as-is for now, and why not?

Toyota MR-2 Replacement

Toyota is working on a replacement for the MR-2, meaning a compact sportster in line to compete with the likes of the Miata MX-5. Perhaps the most exciting news about the MR-2 replacement is that engineers are “working very hard” to make a hybrid sports car.

There’s nobody more excited than those of us here at Hurlbert Toyota about the “three brothers” of Toyota’s sports car department!

May 202016
 
Toyota GT86 - Scion FR-S

The Toyota GT86 goes by many names, and this is Scion’s version – the FR-S.

The Toyota GT86 goes by many names including Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ, and Scion FR-S. With Scion officially leaving the market and taking on new Toyota badging, the Toyota GT86 is officially back in the United States. That’s not the end of it. Toyota recently revealed a GT86 Shooting Brake Concept that’s sure to blow enthusiasts away.

Toyota’s global chief engineer Tetsuya Tada is the mastermind behind the Toyota 86 so when the automaker’s Australian design team presented a model of the concept, he was all over it. Upon his return to Japan, he handpicked craftsman to bring the hatchback to life.

The end result is a GT86 hatchback that maintains the sporty coupe styling the 86 is known for. The Shooting Brake Concept isn’t just for show either. The vehicle has made a few laps on Toyota’s test tracks.

There’s no specific powertrain details just yet. The Toyota 86 shares the Subaru BRZ’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of producing 197 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque when mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota hasn’t confirmed a production model but they haven’t denied it either, leaving the Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake Concept’s future a mystery.

Here at Hurlbert Toyota, we can’t wait to see if the Shooting Brake Concept becomes a production model!