The Toyota GR 86 aftermarket is already exploding like kittens
Here's a gathering of all the current GR 86 builds to have been unveiled for everyone to drool over.
(Author's note: 𝘈𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘯𝘰𝘸, 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘰𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘑𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘴, 𝘌𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘰𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘤𝘢𝘳. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘰𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘤𝘬, 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦-𝘢𝘯𝘥-𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘱𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘬 𝘑𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘦, 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭, 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶.)
Well then. That didn't take long at all, but did any of us really expect the aftermarket to take their sweet time? Of course not, especially not on something as hotly anticipated as purist sports cars like the new Toyota GR 86. If the stock car and all its improvements alongside its Subaru twin are enough to get dedicated fans hot and bothered, the first wave of modded examples is sure to knock them into a coma.
Appropriately so, this initial group hails from the homeland and showcases a variety of styles and parts from some seriously heavy-hitting brand names. Embedded below are just a few to have already stormed the scene courtesy of Toyota GR's YouTube channel.
Combining a sleek, low-hanging body kit with a set of angry wheels and a contrasting low wing, the SARD car appears as though it'd be right at home in a 𝘛𝘰𝘬𝘺𝘰 𝘋𝘳𝘪𝘧𝘵 sequel. It's definitely the most street-oriented car, and it strikes a balance between purposeful and aesthetic with an understated, blank-white color scheme.
Perhaps my personal favorite and the build I'd most like to emulate if I had a GR 86 of my own, the TOM'S car seemingly blends subtlety with aggression better than all the rest thanks to a tasteful duckbill spoiler, mild ground effects, and some lovely fender extensions. It helps the car attain a hunkered down, faux-widebody appearance without actual widebody flares. The only truly aggressive features to this build are surely the blinding paint and Lexus F-style exhausts.
Perhaps the most purposeful car here if not the most extroverted, Cusco's effort radiates immense road rally car vibes. It appears more attuned to challenging Fiat 124 Rallies on Pikes Peak than Nissan Z cars along Wangan-sen. Appearance mods are kept to a bare minimum while the suspension has been thoroughly overhauled and the interior spiced up with a motorsports-inspired wheel, racing buckets, harnesses, rear seat delete, and a half cage.
If the other builds are trying to dance then GReddy is trying to straight-up boogie. Lively stripes and RAYS wheels aside, this parts concept car acts as a test bed for their forthcoming turbocharger kits (not seen in video) in case 228 horsepower still isn't enough. Factor in those meaty tires and dinner plate-sized brakes and it seems as though this could give the Cusco car a run for its money on circuit. And no, power figures aren't yet available for the turbo kit.
Much like the GReddy car, HKS is aiming to shame more powerful cars with their Hipermax coilovers and centrifugal supercharger kit. Caught in the manhood-measuring contest with GReddy, in seems like big boost and big wings are the orders of the day for both companies. A tall, GT-style wing and miniscule canards add some motorsport flare to what's sure to be a giant slayer when the parts enter production. Oh, and the exhaust note isn't that bad either.
I'm not quite sure what to make of this thing other than that I'm sure this would've fit right in at a Toyota showroom back when Scion and Five Axis were in bed with each other. Hell, if Scion had lived on to this day, this would make one hell of a special edition. It's very, um, well, Transformers-like; a caricature of modified Japanese cars. The widebody version, reportedly developed without the restraints of being street legal, is even more so. If it's your thing then be my guest, but it certainly is characterful to say the least.
Joining SARD and TOM'S in the understated aggression gang, Blitz showcases what appears to be a well-rounded, naturally-aspirated build. Power is enhanced with merely a throttle controller and intake. There's a new radiator and oil cooler to keep temps in check. Big brakes, chassis braces, and lowered suspension with an aggressive alignment round out handling. Nothing here is ground breaking, but it's a great representation of being perfectly balanced... On paper, at least.
Decisions, decisions, so many decisions. And to think this is the initial wave. We're yet to see what Western companies like Crawford or Stillen can accomplish on these new platforms, and I just can't wait to find out. For now, I'll take my hypothetical car in Neptune Blue with TOM'S fender extensions and ground effects, GReddy's RAYS wheel and tire setup, Cusco's handling goodies, and HKS' exhaust, thank you very much.
How would you build yours? Let us know in the comments below. Anything mentioning wraps with anime tits and stretched tires will be rightfully ignored.
Which one would you have? Screenshot: Toyota Gazoo Racing, YouTube
From: Toyota Gazoo Racing