While I was more than happy with the amount of power in the latest Toyota-badged Toyobaru, the 2017 Toyota 86, I realize that its continued existence relies on the approval of the masses who aren’t me. Those masses would really appreciate it if Subaru’s STi branch slapped a turbo on that lil’ 205 horsepower flat-four.…
Do you like fun? Joy? Happiness? I have discovered this in car form, and it is the 2017 Toyota 86. Fret not the garbage-speak of too little power. It has enough power to do donuts, and that’s all that matters. It’s light. It’s tossable. It’s everything that’s missing from my life, and I need one now.
Driving the low and light Subaru BRZ is truly blissful. Predictable steering, great balance. But for the years the car’s been out, we’ve been hearing the same chief complaint from enthusiasts across the board: where are the birds?
[Each car is inspired by a different model. They include two sporting versions of Toyota’s original sports car, the 2000GT, and Ove Andersson’s 1970s Celica 1600GT rally car – the machine that helped inspire Toyota to launch a full international motorsports programme. The IMSA GTU Celica that raced in North America in…
Cosworth has announced they're moving away from supplying individual parts and moving towards full tuning setups. Their objective is to become an approved upgrade partner for manufacturers, and the first in line is Subaru's FA20 engine with the Stage 1 Power Package, good for 230 horsepower.
Can't you just see yourself flying sideways down some glorious back road with the wind in your hair in your convertible Scion FR-S, aka the FT-86 Open? There's just one problem: Subaru won't build it. But here in the U.S., Scion may do it themselves.
I've got one reservation about the Toyobaru twins: they're not loud enough. Well, they don't have enough boxer engine warble. This owner seems to have solved that problem.
Okay, so it's not exactly a Subaru BRZ STi, but the Subaru/Toyota "86" is still a fantastic platform on which to build and call it your own. This Subaru BRZ is a great example of the perfect amount of tasteful modification. A little bodywork, a little exhaust, maybe some wheels, and that's it.
What's your day off look like when you're a Formula Drift driver? Uh, pretty good. It's pretty good.
FR-S fans that want an open roof, taste the sad. Miata fans, taste the happy. The Toyota FT-86 Open Concept will not enter production. And neither will a high-powered turbo FR-S.
There are a lot of people who complain that the Toyobaru twins don't have enough power. What happens when you bump the stock 200 horses to 750?
What an age of affordable performance we now live in! There are so many fantastic cars for hoons on a budget these days, it's hard to know which one to pick.
They say that true love knows no bounds. It's too bad I usually just watch Game Of Thrones if I want to see dragons, though.
It's kind of tragic that the Mazda RX-8 and Honda S2000, two of the very best Japanese performance cars of the last decade, are no longer in production and never produced any heirs to their legacy. So how would the Scion FR-S measure up if it went toe-to-toe with with Honda's roadster and Mazda's last rotary?
This right here is Formula Drift hotshot and recreational car crasher Ryan Tuerck showing how you crunch a car in style - sideways, into a wall, blowing up a wheel in the process.
If you're still not convinced that the Scion FR-S was sent from the gods, check out this video of Monster Tajima tearing up a dirt track in Japan's little hoonmobile.
How would you like to see a whole family of models spawned from the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT-86/Subaru BRZ like what BMW has done with Mini? If your answer is "hell yes," then you'll be happy to know that Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer of the Toyobaru, wants that to happen as well.
Go ahead and sit down if you aren't already, because I have some news that may upset you: it is possible that our beloved Toyota GT-86 (aka Scion FR-S, aka Subaru BRZ, aka The Toyobaru) could get a hybrid version in the near future. Gasp!