Toyota is out to draw parallels between the company's new GT86 sports car and some of the legends of the automaker's past. A new video depicting the new coupe's development spends plenty of time with the GT86 on screen with the likes of the Toyota Sports 800 and even the AE86. Those are both fine sparring partners for a vehicle that prides itself on superior handling over outright brawn. Watching engineers cane the GT86 around the world's various road courses only stokes our desire for a little more time with the either of the two-door's corporate cousins.

As you may recall, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ both left favorable impressions on us during our recent drives, but we could use a full week's worth of sideways action to figure out whether those pieces of hardware are worthy of sharing tarmac with the likes of the legendary AE86. Hit the jump to take a look.



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      LinuxAddict
      • 3 Years Ago
      Grandson and Grandfather!
      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow the older one looks better. new one to pretentious.
      karknut
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hard to buy the family history, shouldn't there be a subaru in the video? I just don't see much Toyota influence in the car.
        Gordon Chen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @karknut
        I feel the opposite. Except for the engine, I don't see much suburu influence in this.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          Subaru did the chassis and engine, Toyota did the design, added DI to said engine, and likely coughed up most of the development costs.
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          Check the Toyota and Subaru prototypes and then compare them to the production cars. Somehow the Toyota version of the design went down the toilet and now both cars look exactly the same and very much alike the Subaru prototype.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      People really need to stop hating on this car. No, it's not going to blow a WRX's, Golf R's, or Mustang's doors off. Pulling great number's is not this car's primary job- its primary job is just to be as fun as possible in an affordable package. I mean, RWD, lightweight, high revving boxer engine- what more could you want?
        bchreng
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Something at a more affordable ($22k USD) would be nice. Sure they're not as light nor as nimble, but for $25, the Mustang and upcoming GenCoupe sure do offer lots of power.
      Spellchecker
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm afraid to comment here because of all the massive deboosting by the Toyota fan(boys). Whoops, I just did!
        Jazzer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spellchecker
        Here let me take the fire for you... This car is sooooo, sooooo whatever :\
      Rich M.
      • 3 Years Ago
      people are hilarious. if your asking why this car doesn't have "more power", or if your comparing it to a mustang, 370Z, genesis-c. do yourself a favor don't bother reading about it, looking at it, sitting in it or driving it. why? cause you won't get it. if all the global reviews are unanimous regarding how great the car is, what makes the joe wanna be driver a sports car expert? the people that get it know what the car will be and do before even driving it. i'm getting one and i will add it as my daily driver alongside my AP2 and 987R.
      poppopeyes
      • 3 Years Ago
      i might be late but i just realized the 86 has the same tail lights as a z4.
      S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, look at the size difference between the Sports 800 and the GT86 at 0:16-0:30! The Sports 800 looks like a toy car. It's amazing how large our cars have grown (in the name of safety and creature comforts).
        Dennis Baskov
        • 3 Years Ago
        @S.
        Its also amazing how Japanese cars grew larger while American cars got smaller. Also I want to point out that the newer cars have much bulkier asses and body looks rather more squished compared to previous generation of cars.
          4 String
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dennis Baskov
          The only American car that "grew smaller", the Ford Fusion, is based on a Mazda 6 platform. Everything else that existed before only grew larger (since you're talking about growing, no, the subcompacts that didn't exist before don't count).
      ELG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would say more 2000GT than sports 800, but either way there really is no AE86 in there.
      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should have called this thing Sports 2000 or something - has a hell of a lot more in common with the Sports 800 than the AE86.
      Lee
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love what you do for me...oh wait. It's a damn Scion. Missed a great chance to revive the Celica.
        4 String
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lee
        Well, if the FRS sells well, it would rejuvenate the Scion image and everything would still be dandy. Badge is irrelevant to the performance anyway!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lee
        If you don't want the Scion, get the Subaru. Both the Subaru and Scion will be offered here.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not enough AE 86.
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