• Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
After we heard the bells toll for Scion yesterday, we told you that the Scion FR-S will transform into a Toyota. That's right: just a rebadging. The practical question is, which badge? The philosophical question, which we can't answer yet, is where it'll sit in the pantheon of front-engined, rear-drive Toyota sports cars, of which the Supra was the last one to visit our shores, from 1992 until 1998 in its fourth generation.

And as if summoned by this conversation, this camouflaged prototype appeared. Our best guess is that this is going to be the US-bound, Toyota-badged version of the Subaru BRZ and all the other 86-badged variants: the Toyota 86 (in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and South Africa), Toyota GT86 (in Europe and New Zealand again), and Toyota FT86 (in Nicaragua and Jamaica).

For simplicity's sake, let's call it a Toyota 86. Peer into the 86's swirly camo, and it looks like the car is going in for a light refresh. The lower intake in the front fascia, if it's representative of a production part, adopts a different shape and is considerably wider and narrower than either the BRZ or FR-S units. It also appears that the turn signal and its surround are reshaped, different than any of the current variants. Changes out back appear mild. The area around the license plate seems to be smoother, and there is likely a predictable light restyle of the bumper skin and defuser under the camo.

We don't expect a significant power increase, and certainly not a turbocharger (sorry!), but crossing fingers wouldn't do any harm.

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