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 |  Jan 10 2014, 8:01 AM

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Toyota motorsports partner Gazoo Racing has fielded plenty of Toyota GT86s in different racing series around the world and now they’ve taken what they’ve learned and applied it to the street.

Unveiled today at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the GRMN 86 Concept applies much of what the team has learned racing at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race and infused that technical expertise into a street-legal package. According to GRMN, the 86 Concept has achieved optimal weight reduction, a lower center of gravity, an enhanced powertrain and improved body rigidity.

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Visually the GRMN 86 Concept features a carbon fiber hood, front lip, mirror caps and rear spoiler while subtle red touches hint that this 86 is far from stock.

Gazoo Racing will be making a return to this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hours race, and has an impressive display of various modified GT86s at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon.

GALLERY: Toyota GRMN 86 Concept

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  • Neal Caffrey

    I dont know about anyone else, but the frs/brz bandwagon has gotten old. Sure its a cool car and great blank slate for tuners, but its kind of overrated. And it seems all we ever hear in car news now is what gt86 concept toyota is coming out with next.

  • http://wireless-city.com Gallandof

    meh its a new car, and theres new aftermarket parts coming out all the time, why wouldn’t toyota/subaru and the aftermarket companies wants to show it off and market the new parts? It’s not like they’ve been doing this for 5-10 years it’s a new cars thats only been out a short while. And there’s still plenty of other cars getting love.

  • Rickers

    Gandolf?

  • Alfie

    Have you driven it? The GRS/BRZ is NOT overrated.

  • ColumWood
  • Neal Caffrey

    True, but it just seems like the hype-mobile for this car will never end. Its out now, and its a great car sure, but lets stop acting like its the end all be all of the car world. There are constantly new and fun cars coming out that deserve attention too.

    And the fact that its not even really a Toyota is kind of annoying. Because toyota really has no enthusiast car, and people are like “dont forget the frs!”. But lets be real, its a subaru.

    I guess im just trying to say that it seems like 80% of the articles i read have something to do with or somehow end up comparing one car to the scibaru twins. Its gotten kinda old.

  • Neal Caffrey

    Yes, actually i have. I was definitely impressed with its handling, but in the state i live in a RWD car really isnt practical all year round. I was unimpressed with the lack of torque though. Also, its just not a car I’d want to live with as a daily driver. I can see why people like the car, but its not for me.

  • TuxedoCartman

    So… because it’s not the car for you, then they should just ignore it? Would you care to give us a list of cars we’re allowed to be interested in, oh mighty dictator of car trends?

    I live in the Southwest, I have one, and I drive mine daily… so if you don’t mind, I’d like to keep hearing about support for this car, okay?

  • TuxedoCartman

    You’re right! There’s all kinds of affordable, RWD coupes that’ve come out in the last year-and-a-half! Lets see, there’s the, umm… yeah. How about just affordable? Or just sporty RWD?

    Nothing? Are you sure? But Neal Caffrey said there’s all the time cars coming out that can compete with these two! (Won’t even make the joke about your screen name being based on a liar).

    (I take that back: there’s been incessant coverage of the C7 Corvette, which harkens it as the second coming of car-Jesus, despite being expensive, and still showing build quality similar to a Soviet era automobile).

    But there’s NEVER been a lot of variety in the affordable, lightweight, RWD market. And for the past 10 years, that’s been a segment owned by Mazda (with its overweight, bloated Miata and problematic RX8), and Nissan (with its ever increasingly expensive and all around kinda sucky Z cars). Soon we’ll have the 2015 Mustangs (not exactly lightweight, or the right demographic, but whatever…) and the next gen Miata, so you’ll never be subjected to the horror of hearing about another FRS/BRZ ever again (except for the initial test drives of those new cars, where they will likely heap glowing praise on the newest cars, regardless of performance, comfort, etc… Car mags in America exist to sell new cars, not provide objective reviews).