Toyota 86 GRMN is the Scion FR-S we want but won't get [w/video]

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Toyota's Japanese tuning division has drummed up a number of custom versions of the vehicle we know as the Scion FR-S. Some of them have been for racing, some for show. But this one is for public consumption. It just won't be sold outside of Japan, which is a bit of a shame.

The Toyota 86 GRMN – shorthand for Gazoo Racing Masters of Nürburgring – is a special edition based on the rear-drive sports coupe. It hasn't been turbocharged or completely rebodied like some of the newly amalgamated racing division's previous projects. But it does have some key enhancements that leave us drooling.

As you can see, it features a number of aero upgrades, including a large rear wing and front splitter. Under its carbon-fiber hood, the engine has been treated to a new intake and exhaust system, as well as low-friction internal components. GRMN also retuned the suspension and fit it with wheels that still measure 17 inches across at each corner, but are 8 inches wide at the back instead of 7 inches all around. The tuner replaced the brakes as well with ventilated discs at all four corners, with six-pot calipers at the front and four pistons at the rear. It also fitted a closer-ratio six-speed manual transmission, and replaced some of the windows with plexiglass.

Output increases from 200 horsepower to 216 and from 151 pound-feet of torque to 160. And to go with the power increase, weight is trimmed by a good hundred pounds. The sum total is a vehicle that's less radically overhauled as it is incrementally enhanced, which is just what we'd want from our FR-S. Shame Toyota will only offer 100 examples, exclusively in its home market. And each will sell for the equivalent of nearly $54k. Check it out lapping the Nordschleife as it was designed to do in the gallery above and the Japanese-narrated video below.

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