Toyota Subaru 086A ‘Toyobaru’ Sports Compact Still in the Works
At the recent Nostalgic Car Show in Tokyo’s Odaiba, 7Tune got busy talking with a few people in the know about a certain two door coupe. Indeed there has been a lot of talk and rumors about the jointly developed ‘Toyobaru’ sports coupe in the news of late. However we have it on good authority that development of this machine is still going ahead, albeit on a reduced scale.
It is said that the new CEO of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, is very fond of motorsports and has been pushing to see Toyota release the 086A onto the market in the near future. Whilst the economic situation in the world today doesn’t lend a hand to his cause, some curtailments in costs and a “3rd priority” ranking have allowed development to continue moving on this very anticipated car. What we can say for now is that the sports coupe is not yet dead and that Toyota, like the rest of the world, is just awaiting a better global situation to get this car out.
No doubt the recent success of the Hyundai Genesis has provided a little inspiration to keep things moving! The 086A has the potential to become an instant cult car amongst the drifting and import tuner communities.
Words: Peter Horniak
Image: Best Car