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.
There are no details about any engine upgrades, which means we will find the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine producing 197 bhp at 7,000 rpm and 205 Nm of torque at 6,600 rpm.
The engine delivers the power to the rear wheels via the standard six-speed manual transmission, while the 6-speed automatic gearbox is offered as an option.
Toyota designed the new GT 86 under the 'Neo Functionalism' concept. With this concept in mind, Toyota provided the new GT 86 with compact dimensions, Formula 1-inspired aerodynamics, a low center of gravity as well as well as a sweeping styling that evokes past Toyota sports cars.
The simple yet iconic styling of the GT 86 makes use of two key pillars of Toyota’s new design language: Under Priority frontal design and a Keen Look styling. The Under Priority frontal design lends the GT 86 a more characteristic and a more aggressive look, as made possible by focusing on the car’s lower section, like its larger lower grille. The new GT 86 also boasts of an intelligent and expressive styling, as achieved by taking a Keen Look approach.
The new Toyota GT 86 sports a more aggressive, sporting look thanks to the new design language, as reinforced by the 'scorpion' styling to the lower grille. This sporting appearance is boosted by elements like a T-mesh grille design, a rear spoiler, twin rear exhausts with a connecting rod motif, the '86' piston logo on the front wing and the 17-inch alloy wheels. This '86' piston logo represents the tires sliding in a four-wheel drift, thereby emphasizing the sports car’s perfect balance. This logo also highlights the distinct, front boxer engine rear-wheel drive format of the new GT 86.
A distinct concept called 'Aero Sandwiching' is employed by the GT 86 to become more stable without negatively affecting its coefficient of drag value. By having the new GT 86 sandwiched or pushed by air from the top, bottom and both sides, the sports car becomes more stable both vertically and horizontally.
This is evident on the dented contour on the sports car’s pagoda' roof and similar treatments on its underbody. The new GT 86 also features a number of sakana, which are essentially stabilizing canard fins located on the sides and the underbody of the new sports car.