Shooting brake version of GT86 unveiled in Australia; no plans for production but concept has been driven on track

Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake concept has been revealed in Sydney, Australia, following in the footsteps of the brand's well-received GT86 sportscar.

Developed by Toyota Australia’s product design team, the concept is said to be a driveable vehicle that has been put through its paces on Toyota test tracks.

Toyota 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said the “nicely weighted and direct steering of the 86 ensures the car retains the involving drive experience of the coupé with a slightly more neutral feel in tight corners”.

No performance or powertrain figures have been given, but it's likely the concept uses the existing 2.0-litre flat four from the GT86 which churns out 197bhp.

The prototype was hand-built in Japan under the direction of the global sports division, with Toyota saying the four-seat sports car offers more rear head room and luggage space.

"The Shooting Brake concept is a classy option for active couples or a second car for families who want something different," said Toyota Australia marketing boss Brad Cramb. "Equally suited to weekends away as well as the track, it's a car you could buy with your head and your heart."

Tada added that Toyota wanted to gauge reaction to the concept, although it was conceived as an internal design study and there were no plans for production.

"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."

Toyota UK said the concept was a “local Toyota Australia project unveiled at launch of local GT86 race series” and there were no plans for production.

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6 May 2016
Err no, not if there are no plans for production it won't be. Toyota desperately needs to do something with the slow selling GT86, but I would have thought that a more powerful version, or drop-top model would be more obvious priorities.

6 May 2016
I've always liked this concept of a truly sporting estate.
What they need to do is:
Build it.
Build it in Britain.
Give one to the Royal family.
Arrange for Princess Anne to get caught speeding in it.
Et voila - you have a Reliant Scimitar for the 21st century.

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6 May 2016
I really hope that three door estates makes a comeback. It's a lovely shape, reasonably practical and almost the antithesis of the SUVs which seem to have take their place in the hearts of the fashion conscious. I always rather fancied an HPe.

7 May 2016
So did I bol. If you had one though, provided that it didn't rust away, you'd have been on first name terms with various mechanics, or be a very competent electrician, mechanic and welder. I remember going to a local garage near me to buy a car for my 29th birthday, and I happened to know one the proprietors who dealt with my purchase. The choices were a Lancia Beta HPE, Lancia Delta 1500 and a Vauxhall Cavalier 2000 sports hatch.
I explained to him that I was spoilt for choice, as I admired them all. "If you like keeping your money in your pocket and like completing your journeys, buy the Vauxhall" he said "It'll be less bother" So I did.
I saw the HPE for a couple of years later, bonnet always up, stranded at the side of the road. The Delta, by sheer coincidence, my cousin's husband bought, it rusted into oblivion.
The Cavalier? carbs problem aside, it was ok until I crunched it.

6 May 2016
It's lovely a sort of Scimitar GTE or Volvo P1800ES for the 20th century, what would be good is a Subaru BRZ version with 4WD using WRX mechanicals. Why the GT86/BRZ doesn't sell as well as it should is a complete mystery to me as for the money there isn't a RWD coupe anywhere at the price to compete with it

6 May 2016
It's lovely a sort of Scimitar GTE or Volvo P1800ES for the 20th century, what would be good is a Subaru BRZ version with 4WD using WRX mechanicals. Why the GT86/BRZ doesn't sell as well as it should is a complete mystery to me as for the money there isn't a RWD coupe anywhere at the price to compete with it

6 May 2016
Maybe rwd cars of this nature are not "in" at the moment. Perhaps potential purchasers are hooked on a diet of very competent hot hatches. Also, having seen a few GT86 on the road, they do not have enough presence (not meaty enough) in my view. Maybe it is those Prius tyres. You can have a sort of shooting-break style in the current Scirocco, but that is fwd of course.

6 May 2016
The rising C pillar is a bit too steep for my liking but a welcome idea. As for whether there is a market, VW seem to have done alright with the Scirocco, which isn't that far removed from this by my reckoning.

6 May 2016
you had already mentioned the Scirocco, hadn't noticed before I posted. At least it means I am not alone in thinking along those lines.

6 May 2016
Looks a bit like an FF, especially in profile, still way under powered for a sports car though

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