2012 Tokyo Auto Salon: Toyota GT 86 with new styling from Modellista, TRD revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 13, 2012

The 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon is showcasing the Toyota GT 86 with two new styling interpretations from Modellista and TRD. These interpretations make full use of modified components and accessories. One of the key handling features added to the TRD Performance Line GT 86 is a reworked suspension with new rear and front anti-roll bars.

Other additions include a carbon front strut, additional cross-bracing, a high-response exhaust system, and rear diffuser. This GT 86 comes in Satin White Pearl, and gains a full body kit with spoilers and skirts, 18-inch alloy wheels as well as sports seats and meters in the cabin. On the other hand, the Modellista interpretation of the "hachi-roku" (eight-six) reveals some of the customization potentials that the vehicle offers.

The Gazoo Racing FT-86 is also showcased in the Tokyo Salon. It is the vehicle model that competed at the Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2011. The team has publicized that it will come back to the event this year with a specially prepared GT 86.

G Sports have produced custom show automobiles based on the Japanese market Mark X saloon and Vellfire large MPV. Also, Modellista has upgraded the style factor of the full hybrid Toyota Aqua hatchback.

TOM'S did the same thing on the Prius+ MPV. The European variant of Prius + is anticipated to be introduced in the UK market later this year. At the wilder end of the spectrum, the Toyota Auto Fan Club has built a solar-electric powered version of the famous 2000GT sports car and the Toyota Engineering Society has crafted the TES-ERA EV, a futuristic EV coupe.

Toyota GT 86 is based on the “Neo Functionalism” concept. This design is comprised of Formula 1’s aerodynamic performance, low centre of gravity as well as the compact dimensions’ technical limits.

The bold and classic styling employs two elements of Toyota’s design language. These are the “Keen Look” and the “Under Priority” approaches. The Keen Look principle focuses on expressive, intelligent and clear designs. The other principle focuses on stronger and more distinctive approach evidently seen on the larger grille at the lower section of the car.

Toyota also applied the “Aero Sandwiching” concept in designing the GT 86 model. The vehicle is shoved by air from all directions, sandwiching both sides and anywhere from top to bottom. This stabilises all sides without negatively affecting the car’s drag coefficient value. An example of this can be seen on the slightly dented “pagoda” roof treatment as well as the similar contours along the underbody. There is also the “sakana” fins attached all the way to it and even on both sides for improved lateral stability.

The ’86 piston logo symbolises the GT’s aerodynamics, 4-wheel drift car tyres, RWD powertrain layout and front boxer engine. Beyond these things, we can say that the bold “scorpion” lower grille still best describes Toyota’s new design philosophy. This element gives the GT 86 a beefier form unlike anything we’ve seen before. With all that includes the ’86 piston logo mounted along the front wing, twin tailpipes, rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels and T-mesh grille design emphasising how the GT 86 can go beyond limits.

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