Shooting brake version of GT86 unveiled in Australia; no plans for production but concept has been driven on track.



A Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake concept has been revealed in Sydney, Australia, following in the footsteps of the brand's well-received GT86 sportscar.

Developed by Toyota Australia’s product design team, the concept is said to be a driveable vehicle that has been put through its paces on Toyota test tracks.

Toyota 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said the “nicely weighted and direct steering of the 86 ensures the car retains the involving drive experience of the coupé with a slightly more neutral feel in tight corners”.

No performance or powertrain figures have been given, but it's likely the concept uses the existing 2.0-litre flat four from the GT86 which churns out 197bhp.

The prototype was hand-built in Japan under the direction of the global sports division, with Toyota saying the four-seat sports car offers more rear head room and luggage space.

"The Shooting Brake concept is a classy option for active couples or a second car for families who want something different," said Toyota Australia marketing boss Brad Cramb. "Equally suited to weekends away as well as the track, it's a car you could buy with your head and your heart."

Tada added that Toyota wanted to gauge reaction to the concept, although it was conceived as an internal design study and there were no plans for production.

"While we never say never, and I would love this concept to become a production reality, it is very much a concept that demonstrates the passion within Toyota for cars that are fun to drive."

Toyota UK said the concept was a “local Toyota Australia project unveiled at launch of local GT86 race series” and there were no plans for production.


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Click: autocar.co.uk/toyota-gt86-shooting-brake-concept-revealed

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