I hope we get stripped down version too
Toyota is offering buyers a stripper version of the company's new GT86 sports coupe. The vehicle comes as a blank canvas just waiting for your personal touch. Outside, the stock 17-inch alloy wheels are replaced with 16-inch steelies, and the bumpers, side mirrors and door handles all arrive unpainted. Don't expect to find any fog lights, either.
Indoors, niceties like a stereo, air conditioning and even trim work around the steering wheel and shifter are nowhere to be found. Toyota even went so far as to ditch the plastic intake cover under the hood. The vehicle doesn't come with a limited-slip rear differential, but the sacrifice seems worth it to us. For starters, the GT-86 RC carries a price tag of 1.9 million Yen, or $24,601 at current conversion rates. That's significantly less than the standard model. Then there's the fact that the RC weighs nearly 100 pounds less than the base GT-86.
Sadly, we doubt either Scion or Subaru will offer a similarly stripped-down version of their respective FR-S or BRZ models, though history disagrees with us. Scion did, in fact, offer a stripper version of the tC back in 2007 called the tC Spec Package.
It looks like they removed the plastic cover over the passenger side airbag area in the dash. WTF? Who modifies that? Also, the unpainted bumpers are a bit silly, IMO. They should have just done the whole car in primer, or painted the entire car. Do THAT many people, even those into modify, completely replace both bumpers soon enough to leave them unpainted? What was the net weight and cost savings of painting the rest of the car, but not the bumpers?
Finally, the no A/C thing is stupid and a deal breaker. I realize the general benefits of doing so, but if i were in the market for this car, the no A/C thing would be the only deal breaker on the list.
Everything else, though, bravo!
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My guess is that they're using the stripper version to target people who are only going to use it as a dedicated track car and not to poor students.
The only scion TC's I've seen at a track are these
And there isn't much scion TC about those two besides the name (one of them's not even fwd)
The FRS is going to bring Scion to another level in terms of grassroots motorsport credibility. I can see toyota sponsoring a one make race series like what Mazda's done with the MX5.
So if Toyota is supposed to supply everyone with the appliances, Lexus is supposed to supply luxury performance, and Scion is supposed to supply affordable sports cars...then does that mean there's no chance of ever bringing back the Supra? Don't see where it could fit in with any company atm..
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It looks like JDM pricing is out.
Racing stripes!Subaru has released special BRZ websites in Japanese, showing off the car specifications a bit more. Package grades and pricing have also been released. BRZ S being the top luxurious model, type R - normal (or reduced), type RA - the low cost model with absolutely no extras, only manual transmission, for the tuners and racers.
BRZ Type S
6MT manual: 2.793.000 JPY
E-6AT automatic: 2.871.750 JPY
BRZ Type R
6MT manual: 2.478.000 JPY
E-6AT automatic: 2.546.250 JPY
BRZ Type RA only manual gearbox
6MT: 2.058.000 JPY
Torsen LSD is only equipped on type S, and type R as an option.
Brakes are also better on type S - 16inch front ventilated and 15in rear ventilated. Weight starts at 1190kg for RA model and BRZ-S automatic being the heaviest at 1250kg.
that doesn't look too bad. I looked up what a WRX STI costs in Japan and compared with the US STI. It's 3685000 yen vs. $34,095USD. So, if you go by that conversion factor, the pricing is right in the ballpark of what they've been saying all along. Around $25K. If that's the case, and that's a big "IF", then they should be selling just fine.