Toyota has officially launched the company's GT 86 sportscar in the United Arab Emirates. The Japanese automaker rolled out the rear-drive hero with a fancy new video shot in the hills around Fujairah. With plenty of drifting, tire smoke and slow motion, the clip serves as a proper introduction to the lightweight coupe. Judging by the quick video, there are a few market-specific changes to the UAE Toyota GT 86, including the availability of one very massive rear wing. The piece has more than a passing resemblance to the exaggerated aero work found on the lusty Subaru WRX STI sedan.

Will the Toyota GT 86 find favor in the UAE? We certainly think it's got a shot. If there's a more car-obsessed culture on this planet than the one found in the U.S., it lies in the well-funded Middle East. You can check out the launch video for yourself by scrolling below, or head over to the Toyota UAE Facebook page for a little more information.




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      ryanandrewmartin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Spoiler definitely gives it a Celica GTS look.
        bazinga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        The last gen. Celica GT-S was the first thing to pop into my head after seeing the article photo too. Except it's on a proper FR sports car set-up this time around.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who will be the 1st to Hagwalah a GT 86?
        DyanRucar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        leave that sh*t for the FWD appliances, no FR car deserves that kind of treatment
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DyanRucar
          [blocked]
        MKIV
        • 2 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        What's Hagwalah?
          snap_understeer_ftw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MKIV
          google it......it's nothing vulgar. just street drifitng in public in the Middle East
          prince_david
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MKIV
          Why am I not surprised. When I look this up I see some crazy middle eastern men shooting guns out the windows of their car and "drifting" around tractor trailers on busy roads.
      Azazel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan, take note. This is how you do it.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Azazel
        [blocked]
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's with all the hand brake drifts? Toyota has several drifting professionals on staff, why not have them do the driving?
        Redline
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeremy Pennini
        Maybe that's one of the four ways you initiate a drift? Have you ever slid a car around? Handbrake, clutch kick, Finnish flick and power slide, take your pick.
      VTECyo
      • 2 Years Ago
      They seem to know the market very well.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VTECyo
        [blocked]
      taybrego31
      • 2 Years Ago
      It may just be my eye, the way the video appeared on my phone or perhaps the bodykit giving it a squatty appearance, but the tires look way too narrow. What is the factory width, 205? Those looks like wheel barrow wheels. Not hating, just commenting.
        PiCASSO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @taybrego31
        I saw the same thing... Looking like bicycle tires in a few shots. But I am sure they improve fuel economy with less contact patch on the road.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      not an ugly car but its needs wider rubber, and a pair of turbos.
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Arturo Rios Jr.
        "Wider rubber" Burn off the current ones and replace them with wider tires. "Pair of turbos" For a 4 cylinder motor? Really? Wanna add NOS to it as well?
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Arturo Rios Jr.
        Comes factory equipped with everything it NEEDS.
      prince_david
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Supra with that big wing. Somebody give it some turbos quick!
      untitledfolder
      • 2 Years Ago
      Except no one in the UAE will buy it. They can either afford Ferraris or dirt there...
        Dipstick!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @untitledfolder
        About half (give or take) of auto enthusiasts here in the Middle East buy Ferraris and Lamborghinis. The other half buy decent sport cars like the Toyota above. So yeah, sh*t-tons of people will buy one (or five each, it's UAE we're talking about :P).
        cinoiem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @untitledfolder
        Oh so you know so much about UAE? Tell me more about it. I see many types, brands and models there, not only Ferraris.
        Abdul El Saadi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @untitledfolder
        Actually Toyota and Lexus are the most popular brands in the UAE, because their exclusive dealer are the best in the business, with excellent sales and after sales services, and even better car maintenance. And you can even check UAE sites, where you can see that almost all used Toyotas and Lexuses barely lose value even after years of usage.
      EcoBooster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing. Here is Toyota teasing the world of it's new sub-sports car for almost 5 years straight. And what does it give us, the Unites States? A SCION. Whereas UAE, Japan, Europe, etc. gets the LEGIT Toyota GT86. I want Toyota to release a 1000-run "Limited Edition" Toyota GT86 here in the States. I'll NEVER drive a Scion, and will never be caught in one. You promised me, showed me, and dangled in front of me a GT86? Give me one. Not some Scion experiment.
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        so you're a badge *****?
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        It's the same car. I don't make my car buying decisions based on a badge; those can be changed, if you're really suffering from vanity, very cheaply indeed. Personally I prefer to make car-buying decisions based on how I enjoy driving the thing. That said, I like th Scion philosophy of buying one standard product and tailoring it to your own tastes via the dealer and other aftermarket specialists. I ultimately get the spec I want and have fun in the process.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        [blocked]
        kikassboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        it's the same car, not an experiment...simply change the badging and it'll be the same car
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        "I want Toyota to release a 1000-run "Limited Edition" Toyota GT86 here in the States." Hey Toyota, wanna way to earn easy extra money off of a 1000 suckers?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        [blocked]
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        That sounds a bit like a bratty tantrum to me. Relax man.
        JC914
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        I don't give a **** about badges.. just give me the damn car!
        Jeremy Pennini
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        If I bought the Scion, I'd put Toyota badges on it too. Seems silly for them to have a separate brand, but if that's what the marketing department thinks is best, who are we to judge.
      dan1malk
      • 2 Years Ago
      This post should have a 'spoiler alert' warning. :p
      mikemaj82
      • 2 Years Ago
      have fun boy racers, but this still ain't no Supra.
        drewpy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        Maybe not, but fun is good enough for me.
        bazinga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        What makes you think it was a Supra successor? Its size is too small, output is mediocre, price is way too low, and its competitors are in a lower class.
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