Cash-strapped enthusiasts may not have had much to get all sticky over from Camp Toyota in recent years, but the automaker's new GT 86 / Scion FR-S coupe promises to mine a rich paystreak of driving enjoyment. And while we're big (okay, huge) fans of the car's low-speed dynamic thrills, not every enthusiast is so forgiving of its rather middling power and acceleration figures. We knew it wouldn't take long for the aftermarket to remedy this perceived power deficit with things like forced induction and ECU reflashes, but we foolishly expected a full engine swap to take a bit longer than it apparently has.

What you're looking at here is Manabu "Max" Orido's Toyota GT 86 prepped for drifting in D1 Grand Prix events. In this case, that means the two-door has been gutted and stuffed with the 5.0-liter V8 from the Lexus IS F, one of Toyota's more emotive offerings thanks to its honkin' great eight.

Orido's GT 86 is shown here undergoing shakedown testing, and from the looks of things, the transplant appears to be going rather swimmingly. At first glance, we even dig the more aggressive widebody look, lack of paint and all. Check it out for yourself below, and be sure to have your speakers on.



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      Ethan Robertson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Regardless of how you feel about the conversion, you have to admit that it sounds quite awesome.
        Xedicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ethan Robertson
        The sound makes me do bad things that I can't talk about here...
      Jaylgo
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it fits, why not.
      sonbuster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Perfect, I'll just wait for the Scion FR-S F then
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        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        Even if a road legal conversion added 200lbs, it would still be lighter than the next lightest V8 production car, the Corvette. And the project would probably cost a lot less, too. Sub 3000lb, over 400hp, and a chassis that has been described as being as well dialed as a Porsche Cayman... hopefully the corruption of V8 mass in the front and V8 power in the back can be balanced with better tires, firmer suspension, and big brakes. Nobody would be complaining about power and price then!
      Burabus
      • 2 Years Ago
      That thing is a monster
      jkt
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's a job that doesn't suck.
      Josh C
      • 2 Years Ago
      Add a full leather interior with navi and all the trimmings and you've got an American Lexus LF-i
        Michael
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Josh C
        And thats the car i'd buy. This car appeals to me so much but i'm really not interested in a Scion or a Subie and their interiors. And theres no way i can convince the girlfriend to buy this in Manual. The auto is probably useless.
      Maxximtl
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota succeeded in building a great chassis. But just like the FC RX-7, the best GT-86 is gonna be one with a V8 under the hood. Considering that many of the best handling cars in the world have a higher center of gravity than the GT-86, I don't think its as big of a deal as Toyota/Subaru makes it out to be. It seems like a blatant cop-out for the massive compromises they made to get that spec. t Who cares how fast this car can slalom. I drive past cones on my way to work, but I don't get to weave through them. This may be a terrific driver's car, but I suspect there will be a high turnover rate within the first year of ownership. The reality of owning this car is not going to be a pill most american drivers are willing to swallow.
        J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maxximtl
        Sure, you don't drive past cones on your way to work. Nor do you get to come anywhere close to the top speed of most of the argued cars on AB legally, nor do you get to exercise the 0-60 times of a GT-R when stuck behind some texting moron at the next light (or an 18 wheeler). Fact is, there are pretty much no places in the US that you "need" more hp than this car delivers. Most of the compromises made in this car were to keep costs down (and it still wound up about 3-4k more than it needs to be).
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, after watching this video, I'm really wondering why there wasn't at least a turbo 4 cyl from the factory. Imagine this thing... say 2800lbs and packing 270 - 280hp with 290 - 300lb-tq. It wouldn't even need a large turbo either, just something small that will spool FAST and ram all that power to the rear wheels.
        haji
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        Subaru will do that. Maybe within the next two years.
        J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        Because then the price would go up to a point where it was competing with cars that it's not built as well as.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      As awesome as this is, I can think of some more obvious engine swap opportunities available in house: Subaru WRX or STI turbo F4 Subaru 3.6 F6 Some sort of I6 turbo engine (hello, Supra!) This 5.0 V8 And finally... the 4.8L Yamaha V10 from the LFA! Granted, the engine probably costs twice as much as a stock FR-S, but who cares? And, mixing cultures a little bit, let's see if you really can put a small block GM LSx V8 in just about anything.
        Krazeecain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        As great as everything else you mentioned is, the LSX is undoubtedly next in line (I'm kinda surprised this video DIDN'T feature a LSX V8). If you can cram an LSX V8 into a 1st gen. miata, it will certainly fit in this.
      DyanRucar
      • 2 Years Ago
      now THAT is what i would consider a 'baby LFA' hehehe
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        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        Do you not know anything about race prepping an automobile? Why don't you mention the $14,000 Ford Fiestas being turned into 600hp AWD rally cars?
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          yea, what Matt said moron! Ha! I've made you look stupid again!
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