Unusual Toyota GT 86 variant spied

26 Jun, 2014 7:20pm Jordan Bishop

A possible lightweight, performance-focused Toyota GT 86 has been spied testing at the Nurburgring

Our spies spotted this mysterious Toyota GT 86 testing at the Nurburgring recently, complete with dual air intakes on the bonnet and a large rear wing.

Given the Japanese manufacturer’s penchant for updating the front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car on a fairly regular basis, it’s hardly surprising there’s been a fair amount of speculation surrounding the test mule.

Unfortunately, this bold take on the GT 86 is unlikely to preview a mid-life refresh or even a special optional package that’ll be offered with the standard car, as it bears a striking resemblance to the GRMN-tuned variant developed by Toyota’s race department, Gazoo Racing.

Both models feature black carbon fibre-looking panels, as well as almost identical front splitters and rear spoilers, so it’s possible the prototype seen in our latest pictures also boasts a similar output to the model unveiled at this year’s Toyko Auto Salon

This would see performance increase by 30bhp over the regular GT 86’s 197bhp, with further changes likely to include slightly lower suspension and modified steering.

If this is a Gazoo Racing special edition, the bad news is it’ll most probably only be made available in Japan, with production limited to around 50 models.

However, although Toyota isn’t giving much away, don't rule out a new lightweight, performance-orientated production GT 86, as chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has previously speculated to Auto Express about the possibility of addition upgrades, including “offering a more dramatic bodykit.”