Toyota GT86 concept is inspired by anime series Initial D

GT86 Initial D concept recalls iconic AE86 Sprinter featured in Japanese manga comics and anime

There are many who see the Toyota GT 86 as a spiritual successor to the iconic Corolla AE86 and it’s easy to see why. The two cars share the same emphasis on fun and rear-wheel-drive handling without going overboard on power. Now, Toyota has strengthened the connection further, by unveiling a special GT 86 Concept – which harks back to a very special AE86.

• Toyota AE86 vs GT 86

The Corolla AE86 in question features in Initial D, a Japanese anime series and manga graphic novel. In Initial D, the hero, Takumi Fujiwara, famously drives a modified AE86 as he drifts on mountain roads while delivering tofu. That car’s livery makes its way onto the GT 86 Initial D Concept, including a monochrome paint scheme. Painted on the driver’s door is Japanese script, reading ‘Fujiwara Tofu Ten’ – translated to Fujiwara Tofu Shop, referencing the anime.

The devil is in the detail, though, and Toyota has fitted the GT 86 with new versions of the same Japanese aftermarket components featured on the original. These include custom RS Watanabe alloy wheels, TRD suspension, a Fujitsobo exhaust system, and a carbon-fibre bonnet.

Our Initial D GT86 is an actual thing https://t.co/2eVpd9piRf pic.twitter.com/t9TqQysk25

— Iain Reid (@iainreid) June 29, 2016

There’s also yellow tinted foglights which ape the original aftermarket units, and a silver engine cover which is a nod to the AE86’s original engine.

Best sports cars

Finally, carbon-fibre door handles and mirror covers give an 80’s effect similar to the original car, and the removal of the boot spoiler and tinting of the rear lenses completes the look.

Toyota released images of this concept on a panoramic manga-style background, which was designed by UK-based artist Sonia Leong. Keep an eye out for the Toyota GT 86 Initial D Concept as it tours motoring events throughout Britain this summer.

Would you buy a manga-inspired GT 86? Let us know in the comments below...

Recommended

Toyota GT86 axed to make way for next-gen model
Toyota GT86 Club Series Blue Edition - front
Toyota GT 86

Toyota GT86 axed to make way for next-gen model

Replacement for the much-loved Toyota GT86 will be based on a revised rear-wheel drive platform
3 Feb 2021

Most Popular

New Ford Focus unveiled with 2021 facelift and tech updates
Ford Focus ST Line - front
Ford Focus Hatchback

New Ford Focus unveiled with 2021 facelift and tech updates

Ford has given the Focus hatchback a refresh for 2021, with a new design and an improved infotainment suite
14 Oct 2021
Nissan launches combined PCP finance deal for electric car and charger
Nissan Leaf
Nissan

Nissan launches combined PCP finance deal for electric car and charger

The unusual new offer is available on the Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 van – and it includes the cost of installing the wallbox charger at your home
13 Oct 2021
Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911
Porsche 911
Porsche 911 Coupe

Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911

How perfect timing led a Porsche 911 fanatic to buy back his old car
14 Oct 2021