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Old 01-09-2013, 01:00 PM   #1
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GT86 Shooting Brake? Yes, please.

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Imagine if you will a world where uncompromising performance, agility, sex-factor and practicality combine to create the perfect car. Sounds a little like the Ferrari FF, no? The problem with the four-wheel drive Fezza, however, is that it costs almost as much as our aforementioned world (£227,107 to be exact), is thirstier than Charlie Sheen (15.4mpg) and less fun to drive than a £25k Toyota GT86 Ė a two-door sports car thatís down on the FFís sanctimonious 650bhp power figure by a hefty 453 horses.

But the GT86 is no saint, either. Unlike the FF, its practicality is compromised by its pesky coupe silhouette. If youíre a car-mad, married dad, strike this from your list; itís simply not big enough for your mistress and six-month-old.

But, as we mentioned last week, we are here to make 2013 a better place (remember our F1-inspired Twizy?). Enter stage left the Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake.



This is the car you thought we never needed, but now that itís staring you in the face, it makes sense, right? Of course, our idea here isnít to replace the current GT86 coupe. That would be ridiculous. What the optional GT86 Sport Brake version does, is make your Car Of The Year available to keen drivers with busy family lives and a penchant for a cheeky roundabout drift.

The Important Changes


The Shooting Brakeís body length is increased by 55mm, giving cramped rear passengers (putting it lightly) much-needed legroom for longer journeys. The current fold-flat rear bench is also ditched in favour of a practical 60/40 split unit.

Thanks to the SBís new body, seats-up boot capacity is increased from a tight 243 litres to a more family-friendly 298 litres, while seats-down capacity measures in at a useful 1040 litres (or 230 packs of nappies/diapers).

Engine and transmission options will match those of the coupe (2.0-litre Subaru-derived boxer unit mated to either a six-speed manual or six-cog auto Ďbox), while the Shooting Brakeís 0-62mph time of 7.8 and 8.5sec respectively is slower than the coupeís by 0.2 and 0.3sec. This is due to the SBís 86kg weight penalty. Naturally.

UK pricing will start at £26,945 for the manual Shooting Brake version and £28,445 for the automatic. This represents an increase of just £1,950 for both models.

So there you have it, Toyota. A brilliant new business plan for a car your customers never knew they wanted.

Whoís in?

Yes... it could stand to use a few more ponies and a bit more torque, but it's a more practical version of the highly praised compact sports car. Whether or not it would sell here in the United States is unknown to me... I've only seen a handful of FR-S's and BRZs around, far less than I had originally anticipated.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:10 PM   #2
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Seems a little award. I imagine it's a blast to drive where a lot of corners are involved.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:22 PM   #3
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I think that is a very well designed car. It looks fantastic, and seems to be an excellent practical daily driver. Reliable, fun, and being a hatch, practical. Should sell like hotcakes.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:26 PM   #4
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Holy **** I love it. Next car
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:27 PM   #5
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:28 PM   #6
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Looks real nice, but WTF is with that name "Shooting Brake"?? Sounds like crouching tiger, hidden dragon.
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8.5 sec 0-60?

Fvck that, I think my e34 525i feels faster than that and it's a snail unless you give it hell
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I think that is a very well designed car. It looks fantastic, and seems to be an excellent practical daily driver. Reliable, fun, and being a hatch, practical. Should sell like hotcakes.
If that's your idea of a practical daily car... I'm guessing this is what you take to the track on the weekends.

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Looks real nice, but WTF is with that name "Shooting Brake"?? Sounds like crouching tiger, hidden dragon.
Also shooting brakes:





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Fvck that, I think my e34 525i feels faster than that and it's a snail unless you give it hell
Pretty sure your 525i is faster...



It's been said a million times and will continue to be said: The FR-S/BRZ needs more power.
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S2K rev limit and some FI with proper boost would make it a great car for the money. I still think I'd take a 335i even with these upgrades though.
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do these come stock with a LSD? Also, if not, is it an option?
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If that's your idea of a practical daily car... I'm guessing this is what you take to the track on the weekends.

Don't rustle your jimmies sunshine. Most people go to and from work alone. This thing seats 4. It has room for everyday items for everyday chores. I know you just brush your shoulders off when you walk outside, but for most people, a hatch is an excellent daily driver.
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Sooooo "shooting brake" = "clown shoe"?
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do these come stock with a LSD? Also, if not, is it an option?
They do, actually. They're just a bit lacking in the power department.
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THey already have turbo kits and supercharger kits for this thing, and TRD is coming out with their own supercharger kit soon, so power isn't going to be an issue.
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Yes... it could stand to use a few more ponies and a bit more torque, but it's a more practical version of the highly praised compact sports car. Whether or not it would sell here in the United States is unknown to me... I've only seen a handful of FR-S's and BRZs around, far less than I had originally anticipated.
I've seen a lot of BRZs and FRS's around here and it is impossible to even find one for a test drive
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