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European customers can now get their Toyota C-HR and GT86 in matte finishes

If you are a fan of matte-finished cars, you are going to love these new Toyotas. For years now, tuning companies have offered the matte look to their clients - and you would see the most common cars, to the rarest ones with this finish. This trend began when BMW offered the Frozen Black M3 to its customers back in 2013. Many other automakers then followed, and now, Toyota is on it too.

As you could see in the photos, the new C-HR and GT86 sports car both got their own matte finishes. Toyota Europe now offers the “Style Selection” option for the C-HR where customers could choose from four exclusive shades including: Metalstream Gray Metallic, Titanium Blue Metallic, Nova White Metallic, and Marlingrau Metallic. For an extra $2,122 (€1,850), customers can get these shades with two unique matte finishes.

Another option customers could add on top of the package would be contrasting onyx black lacquered A and C pillars, side mirrors, roof, and rear spoiler. All these for an extra $160 (€140).

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Jesse Adams and Toyota GT86 drift 102.5 miles to set new world record

Driving continuously for a hundred miles may seem relatively easy for some. However, doing so might prove to be a challenge to quite a number of drivers. But when it comes to drifting, doing so continuously for even a mile could be tough. But this doesn’t worry Jesse Adams and his Toyota GT86, as this duo just recently managed to do an almost improbable drift.

Being a South African motoring journalist scribing for The Star Motoring, Adams is familiar with the capabilities of the Toyota GT86. He could be familiar with the fact that the current record for the longest drift in the world belongs to a Toyota GT86 as piloted by German driver Harald Muller. This record was set in 2014, when Muller managed to continuously drift his GT86 for 89.55 miles (144 km) in Samsun, Turkey. This record attempt was achieved in two hours, 25 minutes and 18 seconds and was certified as a Guinness world record for the longest drift.

Adams knew that to set a new record, he has to continuously drift without stopping at any time. His record attempt was indulged by Toyota South Africa, which was intrigued enough with Adams’ ambition and decided to provide him with a recently refreshed Toyota GT86. The latest installation of the Toyota GT86 isn’t less able than its very first iteration, especially when it comes to drifting. This was proven when Adams and his GT86 didn’t just beat the current official record by a mile. In fact, Adams was able to drift his Toyota GT86 continuously for 102.5 miles (165 km). Guinness has yet to certify this record-breaking attempt as a new world record, but this feat is surely amazing.

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Toyota GT86 is chosen by Top Gear as its ‘Reasonably Fast Car’ in celebrity segment

Top Gear has revealed that for its “Stars in a Reasonably Fast Car” segment, it will now be using a slightly enhanced Toyota GT86, which in the U.S. market is called simply as the 86.

This segment may be familiar to fans under its previous title of “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car.” In this part of the show, celebrity guests are given the chance to go behind the wheel of a particular model and run the Dunsfold Test Track with the goal of getting the fastest record time. The first vehicle to be part of this segment was the Suzuki Liana with Ellen MacArthur setting the record at 1:46.7. Later this was changed to the Chevrolet Lacetti with the record being achieved and held by Jay Kay with a time of 1:45.83. Then there is also the Kia Cee'd whose record time of 1:42.1 was attained by none other than Friends star and now Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc.

With the GT86, there is some expectation that viewers will get to see more exciting runs. For this version, Toyota turned it into a racing unit by first taking out some of its carpet and even removing the backseat. A racing bucket was then added and a roll cage was even installed. Despite these changes, many are saying that it may not have affected the weight that much.

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Meet Toyota's super-limited GT86 Tiger

Just a few days after Toyota released the 86 860 Special Edition (in the US) that didn’t quite live up to the crowd’s expectations, the company again introduced another “limited edition” car. I hope this one will be more of a crowd pleaser.

Now, let us talk about the GT86 Tiger and see what makes this one special. First off, the company mentioned that they will only be producing 30 cars in total, and will be exclusively sold in Germany. If you’re a serious car collector, you will want to get your hands on this extremely rare model. But first, let us tell you what you will be getting.

The exterior of the car can easily be spotted without a doubt. If being seen is your goal, this is for you. The car represents a fierce Bengal tiger - as it will come in a bold “Tiger Orange” paint with black stripes and some more black accents on the pillars, side mirror caps, and the rear wing, giving it a nice contrast with the bright orange base. Completing the overall look with a set of anthracite 17-inch alloy wheels, with Sachs sports dampers. The wheels are the only upgrade this limited model has over the standard one.

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The iconic 86 sports coupe is once again paving the way for another interesting update. This time, Toyota comes out with the new “860 Special Edition”. Appealing to the young and older generation market, the 2017 Toyota 86 860 carries better amenities, tasteful color scheme, new design plus a handful of upgrades.

For its exterior, the revamped 86 sports car received an array of aerodynamic treatment consisting of new underbody panel with slim spoiler at the rear. These, along with its new fender vents, redesigned front and rear fascia, LED fog lights and 17-inch black chrome alloys, make the Toyota 86 seem like it’s totally new.

To achieve exclusivity, the sports car has the limited edition label – both interior and outside. Also, there’s a bright body paint that goes by the name-- Supernova Orange to go with its new look. This orange is actually the exclusive color for the 860. However, you can also have it in Halo White. White as we know is a terrific choice especially for those who want to keep it more elegant. It should be noted that each color variant will be featuring the limited edition black body stripes, new spoiler and black side mirror casings.

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More than two weeks before the 24th season of BBC’s Top Gear starts airing in the United Kingdom (March 5, 2017), it seems viewers are slowly getting interested in the show’s still unknown new format. Moreover, the exit of Chris Evans -- no, not the actor playing Captain America but a well-known TV and radio presenter in the UK – seems to be working well to revive Top Gear’s declined popularity.

It can’t be denied that after Jeremy Clarkson’s departure from the show – followed by co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May as well as executive producer Andy Wilman – was one of the main factors why fewer people were watching Top Gear. Although BBC downplayed this and attributed the decline in ratings to sporting events that coincided with the airing of Top Gear, the trio’s departure was widely seen as the lead reason for the drop. Then Evans was hired by BBC as a presenter for a revamped Top Gear, along with Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan. Only Stig remained as the fixed figure at Top Gear (though he is played by different drivers).

Evans’ presence in the Top Gear TV show had been very controversial. There was even a short video parody in which Adolf Hitler (from 2004 film “Downfall”) reacted furiously to Evans’ appointment as a Top Gear presenter. There were reports that the atmosphere between the presenters had been frosty, with the group divided between Evans and the rest. According to reports citing insiders, it seemed that Evans had become jealous of the attention being paid to the other presenters – especially Reid and Harris – making him become distanced from the group. Although Evans signed for three seasons at Top Gear, his presence wouldn’t be felt for the last two seasons following his exit.

Read the entire article 24th season of Top Gear revives Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment featuring Toyota GT86

Toyota designed the GT86 as a well-balanced machine capable of executing even the most aggressive drifts. In fact, the Toyota GT86 – a.k.a. the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S – has been a favorite choice in street drifting and even in drifting championships. Drifting a Toyota GT86 is a lovely sight, but it isn’t that rare nowadays. But how about a GT86 powered by a 570-hp engine derived from the Ferrari 458 Italia? That would be mesmerizing to watch.

Well, we were recently enthralled by the drifting stunts executed using a very special GT86. Yes, this GT86 has a 4.5-liter V8 that also powers the Ferrari 458 Italia. Christened as the GT4586 (458 Italia plus GT86), this wonderfully powered drift machine is a project by professional drifter Ryan Tuerck, who collaborated with Gumout and Donut Media to swap the engine of the Toyota GT86 with that of the Ferrari 458 Italia.

The Toyota GT86 is not a new machine to Tuerck. As a matter of fact, Tuerck drives a Scion FR-S in his drift races. A standard Toyota GT86 is powered a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that is rated to deliver 200 hp (149 kW, 203 PS) of max output at 7,000 rpm and up to 151 lb. ft. (205 Nm) of peak torque available at 6,000 rpm. Now, when compared to the Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 engine, this four-cylinder engine doesn’t quite come up to scratch.

Read the entire article Video: Ryan Tuerck tests 570hp Ferrari-powered Toyota GT4586 at drift show in California

More positive news has been pouring in before the year ends. For those who have been waiting to hear the latest word on Toyota 86, we have some great news. Recent reports claimed that the Japanese car manufacturer has already given the “go-signal” to build the next gen model. The new generation Toyota 86 according to Karl Schlicht is expected to arrive this 2019. Toyota Europe’s vice president also confirmed that the upcoming model would be marketed along with the much-awaited Toyota Supra.

Whether they will once again partner with Subaru is still unclear. But it seems very likely so we’ll just have to wait for them to release the official announcement. One thing is certain though, and that is Toyota’s commitment to build sports cars. Schlicht further stated that they would carry on with the concept’s low engine design.

The concept vehicle’s flat-four engine as we know was developed with Subaru. This provides the car’s low centre of gravity, which is very important if you have to consider the specs of a sports car. All things considered, the former Scion FR-S (or the GT86 sports car) will be offered as a coupe---even if Toyota earlier unveiled a topless version of the 86 during the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.

Read the entire article Confirmed: New generation Toyota 86 will arrive in 2 years

In Japan, Toyota stays in the limelight by always cooking up something new for its famous 86 sports car. A colour orange Toyota 86 performance edition is one that’s hard to miss. Apart from the vibrant “Creamsicle” shade of orange, the 86 Solar Orange Edition features Toyota’s High Performance package. This includes Sachs’ Shock Absorbers and Brembo’s high performance brakes with red calipers. The coupe also comes with 17-inch thin spoke wheels and limited edition black mirror casings to complete the fiery look.

Toyota has equipped the 86 Solar Orange cabin with a blend of Alcantara fabric and leather for the upholstery. There are also intricate interior design and orange stitchings all over the dashboard, door cards, gear shifts, handbrake, steering wheel and heated bucket seats to complement the exterior colour motif of the coupe.

The 86 Solar Orange Edition’s Performance Package will be out on sale on the 7th of February 2017. The Automatic comes with a price of $31,360 or equivalent to 3,461,400 Yen while the 6-speed manual is priced at $30,660 or 3,394,440 Yen inclusive of tax.

Read the entire article Japan-exclusive Toyota 86 Solar Orange Limited Edition has new brakes, shocks and fiery orange shade

When Toyota first revealed that it will be showcasing a total of 30 vehicles for the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association, enthusiasts could hardly contain their excitement. However what is even more thrilling is that six of these have been modified to show just how extreme Toyota’s models can go.

According to the Japanese automaker, each of these six models either honors the brand’s heritage, looks at the current state, or projects what the future will be. There are also models that appear to be a combination of these three. Since the brand will be having what can be considered as the largest exhibit in the history of the SEMA Show, it is not surprising that Toyota went on this path. Below are the six models that Toyota took a chance on and gave a number of improvements.

The first is the Swagger Wagon, which is actually the Sienna in blue. Some would call this as the height of luxury when it comes to transportation, with the best description of the Swagger Wagon being that it is similar to a flying jet. While this minivan is now wider and lower, the brand put a number of enhancements composed of carbon fiber as well as those inspired by racing. However, the interior is what makes it stand out given its use of custom-leather, capacity for wi-fi connectivity, and the inclusion of a high-end theater system. With all these on the inside, customers are likely not to concern themselves with how the exterior actually looks.

Read the entire article Toyota reveals 6 extreme vehicles at 2016 SEMA Show [Live Photos]

What happens when you equip a sporty Toyota GT86 with a powerful race-like engine from a Ferrari 458 Italia? Ask professional drifter Ryan Tuerck, whose GT86 has been fitted with the Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 engine. Working with Gumout and Donut Media, Tuerck embarked on a project to swap the engine of the Toyota GT86 with that of the Ferrari 458 Italia.

The Toyota GT86 – also known as the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S – has been a favorite when it comes to street drifting and even in drifting championships. In fact, Tuerck drives a Scion FR-S in his races. Now, the powerplant that powers a typical Toyota GT86 is a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that employs Subaru's horizontally opposed boxer engine design.

This engine is rated to develop up to 200 hp (149 kW, 203 PS) of output at 7,000 rpm and up to 151 lb. ft. (205 Nm) of torque available at 6,000 rpm. Several methods can be employed to make this four-cylinder engine more powerful, like adding a turbocharger. Sans such upgrade, this flat-four engine is regarded by some as underpowered. Well, if compared to a Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 that develops around 562 hp (419 kW), GT86’s engine loses out.

Read the entire article 2016 SEMA: Ferrari 4.5-liter V8-equipped Toyota GT86 becomes GT4586 [w/video]

Introducing the new Toyota 86 "Shooting Brake" concept, a stunning prototype that allows the sports car to offer more rear head room and cargo space. The Product Design team of Toyota Australia took care of the conception and the development of the 86 Shooting Brake concept, while the carmaker’s global sports car division handled and directed its handcrafting in Japan. This new shooting break concept was formally unveiled in Sydney by the Toyota 86 global chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

According to Toyota Australia divisional manager national marketing Brad Cramb, the Toyota 86 has become the basis for a concept that adds versatility while still boasting of sleek and sporty coupe styling and offering a sharp, responsive drive. He described the new Shooting Brake concept as a “classy option” for active couples or as a second car for families seeking something different. Tada remarked that his decision to support the 86 Shooting Brake project was prompted by a one-quarter scale clay model that was shown to him in Australia in November 2014.

He noted that he liked the model so much that he even arranged his own takumi prototype craftsmen to hand-build the Shooting Brake concept, which was derived from the Australian design. He described the 86 Shooting Brake concept as a fully functional and drivable vehicle that been tested at Toyota’s test tracks.

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Toyota has unveiled the GT86 Blanco -- a new special edition model from its revised GT86 range. It provides nearly all of the qualities that have made this coupe a critical hit. Its performance and handling are outstanding. Its one-off styling also adds to its appeal. The new Blanco has a GT White Pearl pearlescent paint finish and comes with red and grey contrasting sports decals.

There is a stripe decal that starts at the nose and goes up across the bonnet and roof. Along the sills, there is a GT86 twin-stripe to match it. The front lip and rear diffuser have a red and red edge. In addition, the door mirrors get grey flashes. The Blanco is equipped with dedicated 18-inch alloys that feature a slim 10-spoke design, with an Anthracite finish and with the GT86 name embossed on it.

Full-leather upholstery is used for the sports seats. The front seats benefit from heaters. Owners know exactly what place their cars have in the limited special edition production run as there’s a numbered plaque on the centre console of every car. Buyers may request for their cars to be installed with a nine-speaker JBL sound system and the Toyota Touch and Go touchscreen-controlled multimedia and navigation package.

Read the entire article Toyota launches top-of-the-range GT86 Blanco

A one-off collection of six classic Toyota GT86 coupes will debut on June 25 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s Moving Motor Show. These cars can be booked for public test drives on a course that includes Goodwood’s hillclimb. The GT86 sports car has roots in generations of classic performance cars from Toyota, with their amazing handling and their timeless, low-slung styling.

This fleet is being built as a tribute to the iconic race and rally cars during the past half-century. These cars were transformed and given retro styling and classic liveries. Every coupe takes inspiration from a different car. There are a couple of sporting versions of the automaker’s 2000GT (its original sports car) and the 1970s Celica 1600GT rally car from Ove Andersson.

This vehicle was part of the inspiration behind Toyota’s full international motorsports programme. The other machines that were celebrated in this fleet are the IMSA GTU Celica that joined in races in North America in the 1980s and the World Rally Championship Celica GT-Four and the Esso Ultron Tiger Supra that you may recognize from the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship.

Read the entire article Toyota to show off retro-inspired GT86 coupes at 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Japan has just received the 86 Style Cb (Cb stands for Cool Beauty), a special edition of the Toyota GT 86 developed especially for the Land of the Rising Sun. For those who don’t know, the vehicle was previewed at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon by the 86xstyle Cb Concept. When it comes to design, you will love it or hate it as the front end is completely transformed while the rear end features no upgrades.

As you can see from the photos, the front end shows a brand new bumper featuring a redesigned front grille and fog lights as well as a front lip spoiler.

Moreover, there is a new set of headlights as well as redesigned quarter panels. Inside, we find a steering wheel wrapped in leather, a new trim for the dashboard as well as a redesigned instrument panel.

Read the entire article 2015 Toyota 86 Style Cb shows what Cool Beauty means

Today’s news comes from Best Car magazine and is focused on the Toyota GT86, which is becoming more and more popular. According to the Japanese magazine, Toyota is working on a high-performance version of the GT86, which will gain an all-wheel-drive system but also a turbocharged engine.

Although details are limited, 4WheelsNews learned that the Japanese coupe will get a high-performance 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four engine, built by Subaru, that will deliver up to 300 hp. In order to offer a better fuel consumption, Toyota will offer the engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

In addition, Best Car magazine also released an illustration of the upcoming model and we expect the new vehicle too get a new front hood featuring an additional air scoop for the turbocharged engine, just like the Subaru WRX STI, as well as new aerodynamic elements such as a new front lip spiler, side sills and a big rear wing.

Read the entire article Toyota will offer a high-performance version of the GT86 with AWD and turbocharged engine

Toyota updated the GT86 for the 2015MY back in April, which means that the Japanese carmaker is already working on the next-generation. Previous reports said that Toyota might use hybrid technology on the GT86 but it appears that this model will not arrive as such as model would not speak to the majority.

Apparently, Toyota engineers already have the performance hybrid technology at an advanced stage, but according to marketing director Fabio Capano, this model needs to make proper business sense.

Capano admitted that Toyota can create a GT86 with hybrid technology but it has to prioritise as the market for such a model is small while the costs involved are big.

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Cosworth decided that it is time to offer an upgrade for the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GT86. As a result, the company launched a series of Power Packages options for the FA20 engine platform.

The Stage 1 Power Package offers a power increase of up to 230 bhp and includes a Cosworth free flow sports exhaust system manufactured in partnership with Nameless Performance, a “Power by Cosworth” calibration kit, a new Cosworth vehicle badge and authentication plaque as well as a Cosworth performance filtration solution and a low temperature thermostat that works together with the exhaust and calibration kit.

Using the same approach as that of Formula One or sports car racing in general, Cosworth has come out with an offering that is guaranteed to excite professionals and enthusiasts alike. The Cosworth Power Packages offer power upgrades that no other than the company’s already legendary engineering team can deliver.

Read the entire article Cosworth upgrades the Toyota GT 86, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

The Toyota GT86 made its debut back in 2012 and since then the Japanese carmaker didn’t make any updates to its sporty coupe. Until today, when the 2015 Toyota GT86 was revealed. Do not expect radical changes because you will be disappointed, but there are few updates that you feel, not see.

According to Toyota, the engineers continued the development of the GT86 in order to improve the dynamics of the vehicle. As a result, the foundation of the upgrade is a more rigid fixation of the front suspension and the rear shock absorbers. The potential of this increased rigidity is fully exploited a rework of shock absorbers.

The shock absorbers provide a more stable damping and improved friction control. Due to this, the handling is smoother and more communicative. Moreover, the body-roll was further reduced, while the steering feel is even crisper. The suspension was upgraded in order to allow the driver feel the road and control the car.

Read the entire article Toyota GT86 gets updated for the 2015MY

At the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will display two sports cars. One is a crazy concept while the second one is more realistic and is closer to a production car. This second model is expected to rival the Toyota GT86 but instead of being an entirely new concept, it appears that its styling is inspired by a car from Nissan’s past.

Nissan wouldn’t say what this model is but would only state that it 'not a Z car'. The Esflow seen at the 2011 Tokyo motor show was the last sports car concept revealed by Nissan. The automaker wants to measure the reaction for the new concept. If it does well, it’s likely to have a production version. It’s believed that this production car will be equipped with the 197bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged engine from the Nissan Juke Nismo.

According to Guillaume Cartier, Nissan’s senior vice president for sales and marketing, the company is attempting to “build Nismo's identity in Europe.” He added that nothing must be done to dilute the brand and that Nismo must be credible. What this means is that a Micra or Note Nismo wont’ be available in Europe but that it could be offered in Japan since the brand is more established there.

Read the entire article Nissan will bring a Toyota GT86 rival at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
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