Toyota 86 Shooting Brake Concept

No, this is not an artist’s impression of how the GT86 would look like in wagon form. This is in fact a real 86 Shooting Brake concept that was developed by Toyota Australia and hand-built in Japan. The car was revealed in Sydney last week by the 86 global chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

In case you didn’t know, the term ‘shooting brake’ refers to the concept’s extended roof and rear hatch, which essentially turns the 86 into a small wagon. Not only it looks the part, the concept also boasts greater head room and luggage space over the coupe version. The roof can also be used to carry surfboards, bikes or storage pods.

The project came about in 2014 when the Australian product design team showed Tada a 1/4-scale clay model of the shooting brake. Impressed with the design, the chief engineer requested his takumi craftsmen to hand-build a full-scale prototype based on the clay model.

No mechanical changes are mentioned, but Toyota says the 86 is fully functional, having been put through its paces on the automaker’s test tracks. Currently, the 86 is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine that sends 197 hp and 205 Nm to the rear wheels.

“The nicely weighted and direct steering of the 86 ensures the car retains the involving drive experience of the coupe with a slightly more neutral feel in tight corners on a driver’s favourite road,” Tada said.

Toyota 86 Shooting Brake Concept

As interesting as this sounds, you might want to lower your expectations as Toyota has confirmed that it has no plans to bring the design study to production. Not now, at least.

“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,” Tada added.

 



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