The chief engineer ‘Tetsuya Tada’ said ‘All other Toyotas have been made for one thing or another but the philosophy and design of the car was to be all about fun and for the ‘Driving Experience’ and nothing more.
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Tetsuya has also mentioned about tuners and owners of the AE86 and customising their cars little by little along the way and smiling faces of all those people having affordable fun, and that was the reason of the price tag of the GT86.
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To generate 200 DIN hp from a 2.0 litre, port injected engine redline must increase to at least 7, 6000 rpm. Subaru wanted a bore of 84mm but <st1:City w:st="on">Toyota</st1:City> wanted to give the car good fuel efficiency and so combined <st1:City w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Toyota</st1lace></st1:City>’s D-4S with a redesigned of the Subaru engine.
Subaru is known for its four-wheel drive, high performance and turbo charged sports cars but <st1:City w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Toyota</st1lace></st1:City> wanted it to be a front engine rear wheel drive car. After the prototype was first tested the potential was surprising to both companies (obviously Subaru was for the BRZ)
The ‘86’ has played a further part in the development. The boxer engine has a bore and stroke setup of 86mm x 86mm. The in-line, four cylinder unit in the Celica and MR2 has a square bore and stroke of 86mm.
The style of the car goes back to the 2000GT and therefore the target customers are style perfectionists now in their 40’s and 50’s from the era of the 2000GT and AE86. With a golden age design with the latest technologies came the GT86 appealing to all <st1lace w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Toyota</st1:City></st1lace> customers.
The actual GT86 logo not only highlights the boxer engine, rear wheel drive power train format but also represents the vehicles tyres sliding in a four wheel drift highlighting the balance of the car.