A development prototype of Toyota's popular 86 coupe has been spied orbiting the Nurburgring Nordshcliefe recently, sporting an upgraded brake package, a sizable rear wing, a front lip spoiler and a heavily vented bonnet.
It bears a more than passing resemblence to the GRMN 86 concept that was unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January, which had the same brakes, same body parts (the bonnet, roof and bootlid being made of ultra-light carbon fibre) and same aero package.
The GRMN 86 also had a sportier suspension tune, mechanical limited slip differential and some mild engine modifications to its 2.0 litre flat four.
So is Toyota readying a lightweight motorsport-focussed special edition of its evergreen 86 coupe, or is this just part of the 86 racing programme?
Toyota has been active in campaigning the 86 in various endurance events like the Nurburgring 24-hour and Super Taikyu series in Japan, and this car's big brakes and enhanced aero parts scream "race car".
Then again, with the 86 due for a mid-life upgrade in 2015 or 2016, a racing-inspired special edition could be just the thing to get sports car fans excited about the Toyota's RWD darling once more.
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