• Jan 29, 2010
Toyota G Sports FT-86 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Be still our hearts. A Toyota post that doesn't involve a recall. Instead, we've got an unsurprising report about ToMoCo's plans to start a new, in-house performance division dubbed "Gs" sometime in 2010.

Earlier this month, Toyota trotted out three models wearing a new line of performance parts at the Tokyo Auto Salon under the "Toyota G Sports" moniker. While a bodykitted Prius isn't exactly our cup of Earl Grey and the tuned Mark X is about as interesting as a fire-breathing Camry, the (supposedly) turbocharged Toyota FT-86, fitted with a complete aero kit, suspension and brake mods kicked our salivary glands into overdrive.

Unlike the forthcoming Volkswagen R line, BMW's M division or Mercedes-Benz' AMG unit, the Gs line would be a joint collaboration between Modelista – which has been developing and supplying exterior components to the automaker – and TRD, which will handle engine, suspension and brake development with the help of Gazoo, the firm that helped to create the hybrid Mk. III MR2 for TAS.

G's will focus more on high-end components developed for the street and will likely sold as either a complete model (think Toyota FT-86 Gs) or available as separate components, similar to the Lexus F Sport line.

Whether these components or full models will make it Stateside remains to be seen, but when the FT-86 makes it to U.S. shores, we'd suspect Toyota – or more likely Scion – will offer similar equipment.



[Source: InsideLine]

2009 Smart ForTwo
Performance Brakes/Tires/Wheels
Engine 1.0-liter inline three Front Brakes 11-inch ventilated discs (ABS)
Configuration/Valvetrain SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder Rear Brakes 8-inch drums
Max Horsepower @ RPM 70 hp @ 5,800 RPM Wheels (front) 15x4.5-inches
Max Torque @ RPM 68 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM Wheels (rear) 15x5.5-inches
Drive Type Rear-wheel drive Tires (front) 155/60 R15
Transmission Five-speed automated manual Tires (rear) 175/55 R15
Fuel Injection EFI
Compression Ratio 11.4:1 Exterior Dimensions
Recommended Fuel 91 octane Length 106.1 inches
Fuel Capacity 8.7 gallons (incl. 1.3 gal reserve) Width 61.4 inches
EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy) 33/41 Height 60.7 inches
0-60 mph time (MFR est.) 12.8 seconds Wheelbase 73.5 inches
Top Speed 90 mph Curb Weight 1,808 pounds
Suspension/Steering Interior Dimensions
Front MacPherson, with anti-roll bar Maximum Seating 2
Rear DeDion axle Luggage Capacity 7.8 cu-ft
Steering Rack-and-pinion Head Room (Front/Rear) 39.7 / 0 inches
Turns Lock-to-Lock 3.4 Shoulder Room (Front/Rear) 48 / 0 inches
Turning Circle (feet) 28.7 Leg Room (Front/Rear) 41.2 / 0 inches


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, I guess we won't have to worry about how it accelerates...
      but how are the brakes?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't GS belong to Buick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I WANT ONE WITH A STICKING PEDAL WILL ORDER ONE ON MONDAY WILL JUST SEE MUSTANG CORVETTE + CAMARO DISAPPEAR IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only reason any Toyota owner will see any car in their mirror is when the light turns red and the Toyota is in suddenly accelerating mode and can't be stopped.

      • 4 Years Ago
      awwww its a kawaii GTR.

      If its going to have graphics it needs like a giant Gundam Wing 0 on it, or Goku from Dragonball.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they put all their Formula 1 know-how in to it.... Done.

      Nothing to see here, move along.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I was?

        Go Team Zoran! Eff Wons for your rookie driver testing pleasure. Available at all the world's race tracks, except 19 of them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Matt.

        Maybe an obnoxious fart can makes you sound ricey. I'll conceded that.

        Ricers, typically underage fools, think they can measure their manhood by the size and number of decals on their cars. But that's not the point of this article.

        The point of this article is that a Japanese tuning company is already working to expand and improve an already exciting car. It's not out yet, and people are working to tune and tweak it!

        Amuse. Tom's. Techno Pro Spirits. Dude. This is exciting. Rice or not, which is a varying opinion, doesn't bother me.

        I still want it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bert was being sarcastic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh.. based on their F1 track record, maybe they shouldn't.

        Factoid: They offered to sell their design for 2010 to the new teams, none of them wanted it. The team that finally bought it, doesn't have a spot on the grid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think somewhere in Toyota's HQ, there's someone who's just so stoked by the fact that his idea of getting G-spot represented with this "G's" division worked without someone being suspicious of the link between the two.

      Then again it just might be me thinking too much :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should stick with TR-D and build from there like Nissan does with Nismo and Ford's SVT..but G-line sounds wrong...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. Toyota just figures people associate TRD with off-road now. So they'll be stupid. I think it'll be mixed up with the F-line of Lexus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What, a planned Toyota "G's" Perf division...no need for that.

      Approx 2.3 Mil Toyota owners plus another million globally give or take can taste that "Gs" in each recalled models...that unexpexted "Gs"-forces from unintended acceleration.

      It's already here, Toyota!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      when are we going to see the subaru version?
      • 4 Years Ago
      what will they be doing to the cars, huge fake carbon fiber wings and decals

      I live my life 9 seconds at a time lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Tyler.

        Everyone is fast in a straight line, Tyler. That's not interesting.

        You're going to shell out $4000 and expect to outrun anything in a Mustang? What's $4000 going to get you? It certainly won't get you a proper turbo kit. It'll be sloppy.

        Prove to me you can pay $4000 for:

        Pistons, since you'll need lower compression.
        Fuel pump, since you're running:
        BIGGER Injectors. You won't be able to go above 6, maybe 8 lbs without grenading the bottom end. Lean A/F ratio = shattered pistons and rods.
        Head gaskets, since the stock one, designed for NA, will be thin and will crumble under higher compression / boost.
        Turbos. What, you expect to outrun anything with two half ass Garrett Turbos? I'm not knocking Garrett, but you're under a budget. You don't get to hand pick the proper twin scroll turbine when you you're pinching every penny.

        Manifolds. That alone can run you $800 bucks or more.
        Exhaust? Proper free flowing exhaust, so you get some backpressure?

        What about the suspension? You're throwing more power at the chassis. Sure you can get around a corner with it?

        Brakes? How do you plan on stopping all that added power you've rednecked under the hood?

        Proper independent rear suspension?

        Get over yourself, man. A fart can does not make you a ricer. But a turbo doesn't make you Billy Bad ass, either.

        I'd start talking about corner entry and exit speed, but I don't think you could even get to the track in one piece, given the car you've theoretically designed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that really impresses me - NOT! That looks like something a little kid does to a model kit when he has pieces and paint left over - right before he stuffs a firecracker in it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think there's a car Toyota can make that will top the MKIV Supra, $300k+ models aside.
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