It's getting harder and harder to purchase a genuine stripped down vehicle these days. Manufacturers have discovered that it's both cheaper and easier to offer every model with a surprisingly high level of content rather than build multiple variations on the same theme. That's why tricks like power locks and windows are all but ubiquitous, even on bargain-basement models.

Not so in Japan. Toyota is offering buyers a stripper version of the company's new GT86 sports coupe. The vehicle comes as a blank canvas just waiting for your personal touch. Outside, the stock 17-inch alloy wheels are replaced with 16-inch steelies, and the bumpers, side mirrors and door handles all arrive unpainted. Don't expect to find any fog lights, either.

Indoors, niceties like a stereo, air conditioning and even trim work around the steering wheel and shifter are nowhere to be found. Toyota even went so far as to ditch the plastic intake cover under the hood. The vehicle doesn't come with a limited-slip rear differential, but the sacrifice seems worth it to us. For starters, the GT-86 RC carries a price tag of 1.9 million Yen, or $24,601 at current conversion rates. That's significantly less than the standard model. Then there's the fact that the RC weighs nearly 100 pounds less than the base GT-86.

Sadly, we doubt either Scion or Subaru will offer a similarly stripped-down version of their respective FR-S or BRZ models, though history disagrees with us. Scion did, in fact, offer a stripper version of the tC back in 2007 called the tC Spec Package.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love to buy a rolling chassis for around $10 - 13k.
      Jin Guan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Haha this is pretty intense!
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is awesome for tuners, what a great idea. Doubt it would fly here in the U.S though
        will
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        to bad it will be here in june ha
      Sgt Beavis
      • 2 Years Ago
      It amazes me how many people don't get the point of the RC. Anyone that wants to significantly customize their car would love to have this.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, that looks utterly awful.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Andrew Kang
        • 2 Years Ago
        and Toyota is doing all that for you. you dont have to enpty your truck or take out the spare.
      nickms3
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stop talking about stripped down cars for the track guys. You know that 99% of you haven't spent a day on one.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now if they could slap on a fart can and lighted windshield washer nozzles, and make the front and rear bumpers fit poorly, it'd fit right in, in this country
        AnthonyL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        They would have to paint it with flat black rustoleum first.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      They left the terrible badges on the body, but took it off the steering wheel..... maybe one of the exterior badges is mounted with a hole through the sheet metal and they didn't want to risk water getting in. Although a little black rubber plug would have been better than keeping the exterior badges.
      ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can always buy a car and strip it down to bone.
        TangoR34
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ken
        This isn't a Porsche Caymen R where they strip trims down and charge you more money for it you know...
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ken
        Why do that when you can just buy one that is already stripped out? Nothing better than saving time on a project.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          And saving money is good too. Wish they would have posted the base price for the regular 86 in the article so we would have a better idea on the savings. I mean, I guess I could look it up...
        ACURA23CL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ken
        Yes...you CAN do that. And you CAN ALSO spend and extra couple grand, and set your money on fire as you strip out all that stuff you were gonna strip out anyway on your custom build. This is a great idea for those knowing, before-hand, that they're gonna be doing a custom build. It not only saves you the cash, but also the trouble of taking out all that stuff you don't want....all from the OEM in a brand new white-body, no less.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ken
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      poppopeyes
      • 2 Years Ago
      they should have left those seats out and bolted on foldable chairs because everyones just going to swap that out too
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