• Jan 15, 2010
Toyota FT-86 and Prius G Sports Series - Click above for image gallery

Seems like Toyota is doing everything in its power to shake the fuddy-duddy, emotionless appliance image its built for itself over the last fifteen years or so. First came word that ToMoCo's Mr. Toyoda stated the brand needed to get sportier. Next came the very welcome news that along with Subaru, Toyota would be introducing a lightweight, RWD sport coupe (now known to be the FT-86) that would cost about $20,000. Finally, there's the LFA, the $500,000 Lexus, that if the reviews are to be believed, just might be worth every penny.

That's all well and good, but what if you want a sporty Prius?

Meet the G Sports Series. To quote Toyota, the G Sports Series, "is designed for customers who strongly desire to own a unique vehicle, offering them a personalized interior and exterior design along with sports-driving performance." Put another way, Toyota is bringing the aftermarket in-house.

With a total of five vehicles getting the G Sports Series treatment, Toyota is looking to offer customized sportiness to whomever wants it. Only two of the five cars however are U.S. market vehicles: the Prius and the FT-86. The Prius gets one hell of a body kit, including sleek rear-wheel skirts. While far from beautiful, we have to say that we like the G Series Prius much better than the regular one.

But, the real news is the G Sports Series FT-86. Because it's the FT-86 is still officially a "concept" Toyota isn't revealing any hard data beyond RWD, 2.0-liters and six-speed manual. Good enough for us. As far as the G Sports Series version goes, it's a little busy and the rear wing is beyond unnecessary. Still, we're quite excited.

Especially as the front of the FT-86 might just be revealing an intercooler. Which would mean a turbocharger. Or is that just a fancy radiator? Well, you know the Subaru version is going to have an intercooler... Just to add to the speculation, check out the drift-o-rific video after the jump.



[Source: Toyota]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      things are going to get very interesting, its got that new blood/gene feel to it, especially mostly conservative designs that the house of Toyota. i really wanna see whats it get. Most defiantly a 370Z rival.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've asked it before and I'll ask it again... Just one question for all of you on Autoblog that CONSTANTLY choose to bash Toyota. Why do so many of you seem to have NO problem with good ol' lackluster Honda? They essentially pioneered the sport compact market 15 years ago, then just DROPPED THE BALL. The ONE sporty vehicle they launched in the last decade lasted an ENTIRE decade and it's age later made it pretty obsolete by comparison to products that came along, but you all gave it a damn Viking funera. The semi-supercar they made prior to that (and had an equally LOOOOOONG production run) was the NSX and it was priced out of competition LONG before it was given the axe. So, what do they have now? Civic Sis that get annihilated by cars from other manufacturers in a close price range (WRX and even the Cobalt SS) but no one seems to see a problem with it. An Accord that looks like something my grandmother would absolutely LOVE to drive while getting her doors blown in by a V6 Camry SE that is faster and looks MUCH better doing so. Show me some signs of life from Honda that even BEGIN to compare to what we see coming to fruition from Toyota. Please.



      ps - I don't even NEED to address Honda's consistent FAILURE against Toyota in the luxury and hybrid markets, lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it probably has something to do with Honda's motorcycle and powersports division. At least we know they still have a sense of fun. Other than that, I have no clue.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ vespid82

        The LFA, IS-F, Upcoming GSF, FT-86.....ummm YES your is correct. Toyota and Lexus are one the MOVE.

        People here just love BASHING Toyota because they dont like to see them doing good.

        Honda is below Toyota in EVERYWAY. They Dont make better Luxury cars...not even close. Performance? what performance? The ISF kills all of Hondas Lineup. They dont make better SUV's then Toyota. Their Hybrid cars are a joke to Toyotas. So i dont see why people keep calling Toyota BORING and etc...when in truth their not.

        All honda can give us a 4 cylinder cars. The Si is the most performance oriented car they have right now. Wait im SURE that MUGEN front lip is going to make the car perform better -___-

        Look at what Honda is giving us....2010: Honda CR-Z with "sporty" driving...dont understand how a car slow moving as a pile of bricks can be fun with the engine power equivalent to a lawnmower. So yes Toyota is making great progress at performance oriented cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @boule

        Um, for $10,000 it BETTER be nicer than a Miata, lol!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed. Last I checked also, 15 years ago, both the Supra and MR2 turbo were still in production. 10 Years ago, the Supra had barely just left, and we got a lightweight MR-2 spyder (unfortunately with a gutless engine) and a Very sharp (albeit only fwd) celica. So I'd call it at 5 years, not 15. Autoblog really is riding the hate train these days.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They have the type R in euro markets, which are pretty neat.

        As for the S2k, it's far from obsolete, even (and especially I would say) given the competition. It's far better from the miata in every possible way, and will even wipe the floor with Z4s and Boxters...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This headline reads really differently if you miss the "R" in "sports".
      • 5 Years Ago
      damn nice work, like a lightweight lotus Evora but quarter of the price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome, build it. now.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ vespid82

      The LFA, IS-F, Upcoming GSF, FT-86.....ummm YES your is correct. Toyota and Lexus are one the MOVE.

      People here just love BASHING Toyota because they dont like to see them doing good.

      Honda is below Toyota in EVERYWAY. They Dont make better Luxury cars...not even close. Performance? what performance? The ISF kills all of Hondas Lineup. They dont make better SUV's then Toyota. Their Hybrid cars are a joke to Toyotas. So i dont see why people keep calling Toyota BORING and etc...when in truth their not.

      All honda can give us a 4 cylinder cars. The Si is the most performance oriented car they have right now. Wait im SURE that MUGEN front lip is going to make the car perform better -___-

      Look at what Honda is giving us....2010: Honda CR-Z with "sporty" driving...dont understand how a car slow moving as a pile of bricks can be fun with the engine power equivalent to a lawnmower. So yes Toyota is making great progress at performance oriented cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Well, the Austin-Healey Sprite only had 48 horsepower when it was new.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        They can bash Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai all they want.

        GM, Ford and Chrysler did the same thing and pooh-poohed all their offerings, until one day when they woke up and found that the foreigners had stolen half the market from right under their noses.

        If you don't watch the competition, then you deserve to sink into oblivion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is no doubt that this is an intercooler and not a raidiator... you can see part of the endtanks. I just hope there is a factory turbo option.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, What a feeling!

      I warned you that Toyota was on the move.

        • 5 Years Ago
        *checking gallery* One awesome car and three ugly pieces of crap. What a feeling indeed! *rolleyes*
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Mark

        The LFA, IS-F, Upcoming GSF, FT-86.....ummm YES Jamie is correct. Toyota and Lexus are one the MOVE.


        Look at what Honda is giving us....2010: Honda CR-Z with "sporty" driving...dont understand how a car slow moving as a pile of bricks can be fun with the engine power equivalent to a lawnmower. So yes Toyota is making great progess at performance oriented cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        One supercar with questionable pricing, and one legitimately viable concept is "on the move?"

        I'd say that's just 1/4th past breaking even...
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        People need to get over the LFA's price already and stop calling it "questionable" without knowing what's actually in the car that makes it cost a lot, but still be a good value. The very similar SLR cost $.5 million and up, and the also similar Aston Martin One 77 is going to be $1.6 million. The LFA is a bargain at the price it's set at now, considering what goes into making it.

        And the next thing you'll say is "mnyah the Ferrari 599" but the 599's made from aluminum. The CF materials on the LFA yeid 4X the strength of aluminum, and much lower weight. Also, the LFA incorporates far more exotic technologies than most other cars out there, even ones that cost more than it.
      invisiblepigeon3
      • 5 Years Ago
      They didn't outsource the engine to Yamaha. They collaborated with Yamaha to design it, like they do with many of their engines.

      It's not like how most car manufacturers outsource the fabrication of their carbon fiber elements, or other major components and then just assemble them.

      The LFA is a very in-house development, especially in the context of a supercar. I mean it's not like the engine is a two VR8's strapped together to make a W16 or a platform shared V10 that's in the R8/Gallardo, or the W12 that's in everything from VW's to Bentley's.

      The LFA's V10 wasn't outsourced and it's not shared, in any way, with other cars from Toyota or Lexus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      http://www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=306

      ^^ Found some more official specs and photos/videos
      • 5 Years Ago
      "...and the rear wing is beyond unnecessary."

      I thought it was de rigeur that rear wings belonged only on sporting RWD cars and that one was a "ricer" for stitching them to every FWD econobox they could afford? way to show your, um, cred, Jonny. :
      • 5 Years Ago
      awesome!
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