When Toyota unveiled its GT86, which came to the US first as the Scion FR-S and then as the Toyota 86, enthusiasts considered it the rightful successor to the AE86 generation of Toyota Corolla, which featured a rear-wheel-drive layout and was the star of Japan’s Initial D manga. Now, Toyota’s blending both Initial D and the GT86, and the result is pretty grand.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an Initial D concept without a few mods, and Toyota delivers. The concept has RS Watanabe F8 wheels, a Fujitsubo exhaust, loads of carbon fiber dressings and the ubiquitous “panda” print livery. Under the body lie a TRD suspension setup and a Cusco Type OS front strut brace. If I had to guess how this thing drives, “awesomely” seems to be a good bet.
The Toyota 86 Initial D show car is black and white like the original and features 17-inch RS Watanabe alloy wheels, a TRD-tuned suspension, a Fujitsubo sports exhaust, a front strut brace, a carbon-fiber hood, yellow-tinted fog lights, and a silver-painted engine. It also gets carbon fiber door handles and side-view mirrors, mud flaps, and tinted rear lenses. The rear spoiler has also been removed to complete the look.
“With this Initial D concept we not only acknowledge how important the AE86 was in influencing Toyota’s modern approach to sports cars but also demonstrate how the GT86 can be aesthetically and dynamically improved with relatively simple aftermarket accessories. But perhaps most of all, we just thought it was an achingly cool idea,” he continued.
It certainly is a cool idea, and to introduce the Toyota GT86 Initial D Concept to the world, Toyoto commissioned UK-based manga artist Sonia Leong to design a series of panoramic backdrops that effectively places the real GT86 into the manga. If you need some ideas for a modern day hachiroku, here’s got a good template to follow.