The Tokyo Auto Salon will welcome a Toyota GT86 (known here as the Scion FR-S) tuned by Gazoo Racing, said to be called the GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum. We only get the briefest of teasers right now before the show begins on January 11, so we don't have much to go on beyond a unique lower front fascia and headlight treatment, a hood with at least one scoop, and a giant wing with unique LED taillights out back.

Assuming this coupe is a further development of the GRMN Sports FR Concept from earlier in 2012, it will likewise use a twin-charged version of the 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder and put out something like 330 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque. We'll get the rest of the skinny in about two weeks, so for now, there's a gallery of other teased angles above.


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      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      Subaru has a BRZ STI in testing, running the Nurburgring and what not, with no visible front mount intercooler. Instead, they have said they are going with a pure direct-injection version of the engine for 220 hp and 8000 RPM redline, with larger and lighter wheels, a carbon fiber roof, bigger brakes, and tighter suspension. I think that you'll end up finding that these seemingly small changes will result in a big difference in performance. With an additional 15% wider power band that also removes the mid range torque dip, and much stickier tires, with a bit of weight loss, and this car will be a lot more versatile. I'm worried that the stamped steel control arms won't hold up to real on-track abuse, though. The FT86 was clearly designed as a budget car, unlike the RX-8 and S2000 of yore.
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      yep. 4 circular lights. Supra
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its got the spirit of the supra, probably gazoo's concept
      Azooz
      • 1 Year Ago
      This might be the new supra.
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        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        They're playing things out properly, John. I understand what you're saying, but look at it from a marketing perspective. They introduced an *affordable* entry level sports car in a segment that has very few options (the aging Miata is all but done with until its inevitable pending replacement). Here's a car that's getting rave reviews that's available to a large demographic. Why haven't they stuck a bigger engine in it, upped the related running gear and slapped an STi badge on it yet? This could be for a number of reasons: 1) it's typical to release a lower trim/entry model for a year or two before unleashing the bigger guns to keep sales and interest on boil. 2) they could be taking their time as far as r&d goes for the high-po variant. 3) early bird buyers that bought the toyobarus might very well sell/trade for the bigger and better offering, benefiting the manufacturers from a sales perspective. It's frustrating for us but it makes sense business-wise.
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        1454
        • 1 Year Ago
        Exactly. A BRZ STI. For that matter, I'm sure they could easily squeeze an extra 30 or so out and get it to 350 for ~7k premium.
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        k.naz
        • 1 Year Ago
        As much as I agree with you, it won't stop there. For the enthusiastic tuner in this marque, which we like to label as 'ricers' will continue milking as much HP as they possibly can, some even reaching 1000HP.
          Jason
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k.naz
          In a straight line, sure. But that's not what this car is about.
          Jason
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k.naz
          @ John - you must be new to the tuner scene. Look around, there's more to it than just this car.
          Ross
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k.naz
          Lol John. Sports cars always attract a higher number of tuners than other cars. The BRZ/FRS is no exception.
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          k.naz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k.naz
          Wait... so slapping on a few decals and stickers doesn't contribute to an overall increase in HP Mindblown. /s
        kuntknife
        • 1 Year Ago
        As many reviewers have said, adding power could upset the careful balance the car has. If you really want power, there are other options on lots right now ;). As an owner of a BRZ, I'm perfectly happy the way it is right now.
          breakfastburrito
          • 1 Year Ago
          @kuntknife
          In Japan, car 'tuning' is a national pastime. This car was designed with personalization in mind. It was built like a hard-top miata (the most-raced car in the world), and starting its own culture was part of the plan. Anybody who isn't tinkering with it, doesn't 'get it'.
      Carfan0893
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look at those taillights...anyone else thinking Supra?
      WindsWilling
      • 1 Year Ago
      Actually, those taillights are a shocking resemblance to the old "Mark V Toyota Supra" sketches from years back.
        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WindsWilling
        I was thinking the exact same thing. Those are way too close.
      Thane
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope this is good because the gt86 desperately needed new front and back ends. The looks were polarizing at best. A two door sports coupe is a hard design to make unattractive.
        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Thane
        i personally love them after seeing a few in person. The BRZ has a handsome front end... the FRS isn't offensive. My only beef with the rear stems from the semi-Altezza taillights.
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Thane
        It'd look a lot better of there was no crease down to the badge.
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      "G" Really Means Nothing
      asdf
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it just me or is there a heck of a lot of orange peel in the color photo of the rear end of this car?
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      This engine(or equivalent power) in a standard car with larger wheels/tires/brakes for 6-7 grand more and I'm sold.
        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        You can bet on a faster offering, just give it some time. I wouldn't bank on seeing power figures higher than 300 though.
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      Justin Ooms
      • 1 Year Ago
      Say no to multilug.
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