Toyota bosses are discussing developing a race series for the GT86 Griffon concept, developed by TRD

The Toyota GT86-based TRD Griffon could compete in its own one-make race series if it goes into production.

Although it is considered to be a one-off concept for the moment, a Toyota spokesman told Autocar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed that discussions are ongoing about the car making its motorsport debut in a bespoke race series. That would fit in well with the Griffon’s positioning as an affordable track-day car.

The Griffon, which uses the same 2.0-litre boxer engine as the standard GT86, is reported to develop more than 300bhp, compared to the standard car’s 197bhp.

It uses lightweight carbonfibre body panels and has undergone an extensive weight reduction exercise in the cabin. Larger brakes, better tyres, a strengthened chassis and plenty of aero bodywork comes courtesy of TRD.

Toyota tested the car extensively in Japan, where it has been trying to break a record set by Ferrari for completing an unnamed test circuit in under a minute. For the moment, the Griffon remains one or two seconds off its target. 

While Toyota remains adamant that the car is still only a concept, it says it is "looking into" putting the car into a limited production run. Possible pricing for the Griffon has not yet been revealed.

Our Verdict

Toyota GT86
The stated criteria for the GT86 read like a purist's manifesto: rear-drive, no turbo, ordinary tyres

This light, uncomplicated coupé promises so much. Can the Toyota GT86 deliver?

Join the debate


11 July 2013

I think I'll have the Subaru version. These Toyotas are so common....perhaps with some Sparco wheels.


Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • BMW M240i
    First Drive
    26 October 2016
    More power, more speed, more noise: BMW's revamped and renamed performance coupé is sweeter than ever
  • Volkswagen Up High 1.0 TSI
    First Drive
    26 October 2016
    A new turbocharged three-pot injects some fun into VW's slick city car and makes it a more rounded package
  • 2017 Vauxhall Insignia prototype first drive
    First Drive
    25 October 2016
    We review the next-generation Vauxhall Insignia and find that, while still disguised and giving little away about its appearance, it's encouragingly good to drive
  • 2016 Ford Kuga ST-Line 1.5 Ecoboost 182
    First Drive
    25 October 2016
    The Kuga ST-Line is enjoyable to drive, but this version of the 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine doesn't suit Ford's SUV
  • Car review
    21 October 2016
    Can Seat’s first SUV impress, even with the heavy burden of expectation?