We've seen (and frankly reported on) so many rumors of more powerful and performance-focused versions of the Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT86 and Scion FR-S at this point that haven't materialized that, at this point, we're almost tired of them. Almost. But what we have here was enough to pique our jaded interests as only a carbon-bodied sports car on the Nürburgring could do.

What we're looking at is, well, we don't quite know, to tell you the truth. What we can tell is that it's a Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S for us) wearing new wheels and a carbon-fiber hood, roof, racing-spec rear wing and subtle lip spoiler. The vents in the hood indicate that the prototype in question could be packing an upgraded engine to go with the lighter body panels and upgraded aero, and the interior (at least as far as we can see) looks pretty well stripped out.

The right-hand drive configuration tells us this is either destined for former territories of the British Empire or for the racetrack. Considering the ride height, full glass and apparent lack of roll cage, our money's on this prototype is being developed for the Japanese Domestic Market, where Toyota badges the sports car simply as the 86. We can always hope, though, that some version makes it into Scion showrooms in North America... we just won't get our hopes up too high.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 49 Comments
      404 not found
      • 6 Months Ago
      People have already been turbocharging these cars on their own since this car came out. These engines take boost surprisingly well and people are making anywhere from 250whp to 600whp on stock internals.
      radroach
      • 6 Months Ago
      This is definitely aftermarket. And they're using the basic rear end. But I LOVE the hood styling, and it looks truly lightweight compared to that Seibon knockoff garbage.
      Default
      • 6 Months Ago
      to me it looks like someone modded out their Toyota and managed to take it on the nurburgring. It doesn't look very professional (like a prototype) to me.
      RedEmblem
      • 6 Months Ago
      Is that the Fujiwara tofu shop testing their new car??
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 6 Months Ago
      I sincerely hope that some sucker didn't pay more than a few bucks for these photos because it looks like some normal guy taking his modified/stripped car to the track.
      Indubitably
      • 6 Months Ago
      To my understanding, the point of the FRS/BRZ was to offer a cheap RWD chassis for PERSONAL after market upgrades. Want more power? -- Turbo it yourself. Want lighter parts? -- Add your carbon parts/wheels. I don't think a light weight OEM version would be necessary.
        sp33dklz
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        Thank god, someone with some common sense.
        Jason
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        True to an extent. In places like CA, you get to deal with the CARB's regulations on aftermarket parts. Turbo kits are, far and away, the hardest parts to get CARB exemptions. If there's a pre-catalyst in the original manifold, it has to be on the turbo manifold offered or welded on in the SAME location as the factory setup. So, this requires significant investment in design thst many companies aren't willing to pay for. Plus, the test costs $10k, and if you fail, that's money you don't get back. I'm all for abolishing the CARB's draconian rule over CA and its car culture, but it still exists and is a problem.
      jayvelliot
      • 6 Months Ago
      How is it the Germans can pack a sedan or coupe with 3x the power, more weight, and bigger tires without needing such a hideous and more functional spoiler. Jesus Christ Toyota could you at least try to add more styling and subtle design..
      Aslan Samghani
      • 6 Months Ago
      What if this is just some guy who modded his car ?
        James
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Aslan Samghani
        Most guys you just modify their car don't have expensive fire-retardent suits on with a co-pilot, nor high-powered telemetric devices bolted through the front bumper and on the roof.
        Avinash Machado
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Aslan Samghani
        Quite possible.
      Stirling Matheson
      • 6 Months Ago
      I could be an aftermarket kit. Perhaps the Cosworth Stage II or III.
      WindsWilling
      • 6 Months Ago
      So stubborn Toyota aren't you? Turbo/Supercharge this car or GTFO already. It should have had an option as a Turbo/Supercharged model from day one.
        Brian
        • 6 Months Ago
        @WindsWilling
        Like someone mentioned, the entire purpose of this car was to be lightweight, RWD and CHEAP. Before Toyota started cleaning up their act, I recall people whimpering about their lineup ie numb steering and the souless camry etc etc. Now they've served you and you guys keep on b*tchin. Whining never stops. Add on a turbo and you skyrocket the FR-S into other territories. Want a turbo? Add it yourself.
          bored2heck
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Brian
          It's like Toyota enjoys making almost-supercars for cheap, and seeing how much people enjoy modding them into what they "should have made to begin with". There is a lot of gratification to be had that way. I think this car is one of the good guy moves, like the old Supra.
      ffelix422
      • 6 Months Ago
      How can anyone get excited about this car? Seriously, what's the most weight they could drop? Maybe 150lbs. And then they would charge $4K for that honor. No thank you. Pull the back seat, (not usable anyway) and the spare tire. Done!
      Daekwan
      • 6 Months Ago
      Seriously? The overwhelming biggest complaint about these cars is lack of power. Not weight or aerodynamics. Toyosubu needs to stop effing around and just offer a turbocharged version already.
        jboogiezx6
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Daekwan
        Ill put it simply so even a monkey can understand. it's simple physics. decrease weight = car goes faster. WOA what a concept, right? ok now relax, go back to your video games
          Rr778
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jboogiezx6
          Porsche would argue with you. Meet the 911 and the 911 turbo. Also Bmw meet the 320 and the m3 Cars with wider tires and enhanced suspension packages and larger engines weigh more and often handle better and go faster than the base model.
          jboogiezx6
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jboogiezx6
          wrong. all else being equal, shedding weight will make a car faster. be careful, youre going to break something up there thinking too hard about it.
          Rr778
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jboogiezx6
          Power to weight ratio isn't everything. The veryron has a better power to weight ratio than the 335 but is actually slower through a slalom and effectively handles worse, although part of that can be chalked up to awd in the veryron hurting it's handling. But you are right we don't live in video games. And street cars cannot be magically lightened with video game sliders, And often performance parts actually weigh more than parts found in a base model
          jboogiezx6
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jboogiezx6
          it's all about power/weight ratio. those cars have more power but take that same car and remove weight and you have a faster car. it really isnt that hard to understand is it?
          Rr778
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jboogiezx6
          Jboogie Perhaps you could provide us example where this is possible in reality. I can think of many cars where the better handling performance model weighs significantly more: 911 3 series C class Mustang, Impreza, Sti Ariel atom. I can't think of a bad car that has a top model that actually weighs less, because cars are built in reality.
          jboogiezx6
          • 6 Months Ago
          @jboogiezx6
          ill put this as simply as i can. if you gained 20 pounds in weight are you going to run faster or slower? Boom what a concept!
    • Load More Comments