Toyota 86 Shooting Brake Lands Down Under, Probably Won't See Light of Dealer Lots

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
toyota 86 shooting brake lands down under probably wont see light of dealer lots

The main complaint levied against the Toyota GT86 (and Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ twins) is its supposed lack of power, even though it pumps out 200 horses. Coming in at a close second on the 2+2 hatchback coupe’s complaint list is its lack of usable space.

Toyota Australia has an answer to that second concern, and it’s in the form of a Shooting Brake that looks like a Honda CR-Z after hitting up some free weights.

According to the Toyota Australia press release (which, by the way, wasn’t syndicated to by any other region for whatever reason), the design team in Australia brainstormed the concept, which was then built in Japan under the watchful eye of Toyota 86 global chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

I’ve bemoaned privately for some time now that the best way into the hearts of enthusiasts looking for one car to do everything is to build some proper rear-wheel drive hatchbacks. Hell, if this thing existed on dealer lots last week, I may have made some very different car buying decisions.

Toyota Australia’s divisional manager national marketing Brad Cramb agrees.

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

Regardless, Australia seems an odd place to reveal this more practical sportscar. Toyota sold 3.5 times the number of Scion rear-wheel sportscars as Toyota did GT86s down under (10,507 vs. 3,006). But, hey, it was the Australian design team’s idea, so I guess we should let it have its 15 minutes of fame.

Before you get to excited, Tada-san made sure to put this project in perspective.

“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,” he said. Or, in non-spinspeak, we ain’t buildin’ it for you.

Honda, this is how you do a sportscar people want to buy — even if we can’t actually buy it. Take note.

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  • Laserwizard Laserwizard on May 09, 2016

    The coupe is ugly and a lightweight and worthless thing. I was getting ready to actually like this and then I looked at the full-sized images. Ghastly.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on May 09, 2016

    "a classy option" No, now it's not because you said that word. It's now trashy.

  • Del My father bought GM cars in the 60's, but in 1971 he gave me a used Datsun (as they were called back then), and I'm now in my 70's and am happy to say that GM has been absent from my entire adult life. This article makes me gladder than ever.
  • TheEndlessEnigma That's right GM, just keep adding to that list of reasons why I will never buy your products. This, I think, becomes reason number 69, right after OnStar-Cannot-Be-Disabled-And-It-Comes-Standard-Whether-Or-Not-You-Want-It and Screw-You-American-Car-Buyer-We-Only-Make-Trucks-And-SUVs.
  • 3SpeedAutomatic Does this not sound and feel like the dawn of ICE automobiles in the early 20th century, but at double or triple speed speed!!There were a bunch of independent car markers by the late 1910’s. By the mid 20’s, we were dropping down to 10 or 15 producers as Henry was slashing the price of the Model T. The Great Depression hit, and we are down to the big three and several independents. For EVs, Tesla bolted out of the gate, the small three are in a mad dash to keep up. Europe was caught flat footed due to the VW scandal. Lucid, Lordstown, & Rivian are scrambling to up production to generate cash. Now the EV leader has taken a page from the Model T and is slashing prices putting the rest of the EV market in a tail spin. Deja vu……
  • Michael Eck With those mods, I wonder if it's tuned...
  • Mike-NB2 I'm not a Jeep guy, but I really, really like the 1978 Jeep Cherokee 4xe concept.