Toyota is an auto sales juggernaut, but when it comes to sports cars, the Japanese automaker tends to come up exceptionally short. That should change with the introduction of the Toyota GT 86 in Europe and Scion FR-S in North America, both of which promise rear-drive fun and a reasonable price tag. So far we've seen the 86 in person and we've snapped plenty of pics, but we haven't had the chance to hear the 2.0-liter boxer engine rev.

That changes all changes thanks to a three-minute video that is big on CGI and funky techno music. Hit the jump to watch the animated 86 in action. You'll see the boxer four assembled out of mid air, wrapped in 86 sheet metal and driven to the virtual limit. The video is very Forza meets Gran Turismo and the music a bit overpowering, but the sound of the new boxer engine makes it a must-watch.


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      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still couldn't hear the engine properly, just techno and sometimes a tire screech noise when the car was driving in a straight line...
      ACURA23CL
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome video! The night-driving/street racing parts reminded me of Tokyo Extreme Racer Zero. What an awesome game! Fine, your marketing strategy has worked, Toyota/Subaru. I really want one of these now!
      brtdwchtr
      • 3 Years Ago
      trust me, skip the vid and just get the real engine sound mp3 here: http://www.toyota-global.com/tokyoms2011/car/mp3/ringtone02.mp3
      gearhead364
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry, but is this supposed to make me want to buy the car? I find this commercial rather annoying.
      aacfx09
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm going to go out on a limb here and conclude (from what I TRIED to hear) that this engine won't be making the characteristic boxer rumble. This means they're using equal length headers rather than unequal length. You can bet they'll be in the aftermarket.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      haji
      • 3 Years Ago
      video reminds me of an opening scene from the recent gundam or macross series.
      scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't get why everybody is covering there cars so vigorously. How much is Toyota/Subaru paying you guys to post every single pointless YouTube video of a car thats slower than my Volvo S60?
        Jeff Crowell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @scott
        Because this car is one of the few cars on the planet that is aimed at being a pure sports car at an attainable price. That doesn't happen very often. Midsized near luxury sedans happen quite a lot.
      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want those 3 minutes back.
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      yea it sounds ok, until all the kiddies start putting their fart tip coffee can mufflers on them. What do you prefer? Maxwell house or Chock Full 'O Nuts?
        ravenosa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        When people stop doing the same thing to stock German commuter cars and American fuzzy dice holders, maybe the Japanese car owners will stop, too. With a boxer engine, a little extra grumble/rumble is a good thing...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      AlfaForTheWin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can anyone remember the last time a soon-to-be-released car got as much coverage as the FT 86/GT 86/BRZ? Between Autoblog, Jalopnik, Motor Trend, etc. the car is all over the place. It seems like an interesting car and all but I don't get it. I can't even remember anything that broke new ground like the Volt or anything from Tesla got this much coverage. Same goes for the Ferrari FF (chose it because it was recent, and a little different) or any other super car for that matter. I'm just confused.
        Brian_E
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlfaForTheWin
        Chalk it up to years and years of anticipation finally coming to fruition. Last time Toyota had any sort of performance oriented car was back in the Supra/MR2 (old one, not the bastardized spyder) days. And I think there's a lot of curiosity in knowing how these near clones stack up against one another.
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlfaForTheWin
        It's geared towards the tuner crowd that everyone says is a super small niche market that isn't deserving of specialized vehicles and too broke to buy any. Same reasons they give to prove why Americans shouldn't build an Evo/STI, yet this crowd sets major trends and represents a much larger market because they tell everyone else what to buy. They also tend to create the most engaging aftermarkets and seriously spend some coin modifying vehicles. I've been saying for a long time that the first company to appease this crowd will rake in some serious media coverage and cash. They then grow up and buy BMW/Merc/Audi vehicles and eventually transition to Porsche/Ferrari/Lambo. American muscle car drivers tend to have a different progression. V6 Mustang/Camaro, to V8 Mustang/Camaro, to supercharged V8 Mustang/Camaro, to Corvette/Viper/FordGT or even restored classics from the 60's and 70's. Two completely different crowds but Americans like to think only the Mustang/Camaro crowd has any money to buy anything.
        lineside128
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlfaForTheWin
        I agree, it's getting almost half the attention that Hyundai gets on these blogs!
        Sickness
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlfaForTheWin
        All they're doing is over-hyping the car till it ends up disappointing everyone.
        fivesix7eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlfaForTheWin
        Probably because this car is more realistically attainable for the masses unlike the Ferrari FF or Tesla Roadster. I like that it's getting a lot of press. Hopefully it changed some automakers' minds as to whether the market is ready for lightweight, RWD, and fun to drive sport coupes. Crossing my fingers for a Sylvia revival, S2000 (not holding my breath), and something more compact than the pony cars on the USDM side. Not everyone will like the FRS/BRZ but hopefully the trend catches on and car companies will develop new competition to expand the market.
          fivesix7eight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @fivesix7eight
          Have you seen the scale chart that compares the FRS/BRZ against the Miata, Genesis Coupe, and Mustang? It's impressive: http://toyobaru.net/gallery/data/502/FT_IIvsGenCvsStangvsMX5.png At a consumer dollar standpoint, the Toyota/Subaru Coupe has plenty of competition: Miata, Genesis Coupe, Mustang V6, WRX, MS3, Focus ST, countless used cars, etc. At an engineering standpoint the only thing close would be the now discontinued RX8. As far as media coverage goes, that's an argument to be had with the public. Since the FT-86 introduction at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show the internet forums have been all over the build. Maybe it's because Toyota was going to try its hand at a new RWD sport coupe to supersede the iconic AE86 and maybe it's because of the Toyota/Subaru joint development. My point is that the media will cover what the public is most interested in and people have been interested in this car for a long time. On a small scale take a look at each FT86/FRS/GT86/BRZ post on AB, there's at least 150 comments per article. There were 200+ comments on the GT86 reveal alone. That's just crazy.
          AlfaForTheWin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @fivesix7eight
          I agree that it would be cool to see this segment expand and that it is more readily available than the Ferrari or anything from Tesla, but isn't it going to compete with the likes of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which has been available since early 2009 (as a 2010 model)? Also, the Miata has been around forever and the 370Z costs a little more, but it's not like it's so much so that it would be out of the discussion for someone looking to buy this new Subaru/Toyota/Scion. Also, recently, the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, and Mazda RX-8 were for sale, and all were similar cars. So, the new car(s) won't be creating a new segment, it's not like there aren't cars already currently available in the segment, and I don't think anybody thinks the new car(s) will completely blow away the competition, so my point remains. Why the tsunami of coverage?
        ravenosa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlfaForTheWin
        The new Camaro and Challenger were quite hyped, as was the Mustang when it got its retro refresh. And yes, the Volt got TONS of coverage from concept to production to recalls. Though, I can't think of any light-weight sub $30k little driver's cars that have been debuted recently worth as much coverage as the BRZ. Get over it. You don't have to click on the links...
          AlfaForTheWin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ravenosa
          I am not complaining so much as confused. The Subaru/Toyota/Scion actually interests me. I simply don't understand why there are seemingly 5 new stories on the car(s) every day on every car news outlet I look at.
        Poe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlfaForTheWin
        Because there's nothing else out there like it right now (lightweight, inexpensive, RWD, FUN to drive sport coupe) and it's something people have been clamoring for for years. There really hasn't been a car like this on the market since the 240SX went away.
          p4R4d0x
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Poe
          3300-3500 lbs (depending on trim) is NOT lightweight. Both the Gen Coupe and 370Z are decently heavy cars. Miata is lightweight, but a little lighter on power as well. There is enough to differentiate this car from current cars on the market.
          p4R4d0x
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Poe
          Haha, no. I've been anxious to see how these cars turn out since I heard about them for the first time, but even to me the obsessive media coverage is annoying. The comment I was replying to was so far down from the original one mentioning the media coverage that I had forgotten and assumed the discussion was about sales and the 'point' of building the car. Oops.
        bchreng
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlfaForTheWin
        The Gencoupe and Veloster both got a good amount of coverage leading up to their release.
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