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  1. Second generation Toyota GR86

    Realistically, is there any passion for the next gen BRZ in a Subaru engineering team? When it comes to performance Subaru is all about practical turbo AWD vehicles, not RWD NA ones. This whole gen II development so far has the feeling of Subaru getting their arm twisted by big brother Toyota to...
  2. Australia - Pricing and Availability Details

    Is it confirmed Australia still doesn’t get the 4 cylinder? Odd that they are releasing it in the USA now, but not here. They need something between the price of an 86 and 3.0 Supra.
  3. Second generation Toyota GR86

    Disappointed to hear Toyota are not playing as active a role in the mkII as the mkI, but still, if they keep the fundamentals from the mkI and just make it slightly quicker, nicer inside, and keep it affordable, it should still be a great car. I mean, is there a risk the Subaru team will screw...
  4. New Toyota GR Yaris : Forged in the heat of World Rally competition

    I love the idea of the GR Yaris and can’t wait to see one. But I’ll be honest, I don't think the 1.6L 3 cylinder belongs in a GR Corolla or C-HR. Those cars are considerably larger and heavier. The new baseline for a Corolla sized hot hatch is a 2L turbo putting out at least 280HP. I think...
  5. Second generation Toyota GR86

    Bear in mind, the new 86 could still be 3+ years away... just remember how long the Supra took. If the next gen 86 comes out approximately 10 years after gen I, then it isn't due until 2022 or so at the earliest. In such a situation, I can well imagine Toyobaru putting out a final swansong...
  6. Next gen Nissan Z chat "400Z"

    Or testing a final special edition of the 370Z? The Z35 being resurrected would be great if true, but I’ll believe it when I see it officially announced by Nissan. They have too much form in getting hopes up, then letting enthusiasts down. Remember the IDx debacle.
  7. 4 cylinder Supra downunder?

    What are the chances that one of the B48 4 cylinder Supras makes it to Australia in future? If so, what would you estimate the $AUD price to be?
  8. TheStradman's Widebody Kit Supra

    Bloody awful. To each their own, but what a way to ruin a new car. I don’t think wide body kits suit this car, all it really needs is a drop to eliminate wheel gap, some camber and nice wheels IMO. But then I feel the same about all the 86s around with Rocket bunny kits. A bit OTT for me.
  9. Second generation Toyota GR86

    I get that Toyota need to leave space between the 4 pot Supra and the next 86... Makes me wish they had kept the Supra B58 only, then there would be more room for a turbo 86 with 250-260 HP. Unfortunately, I am not sure a 220HP gen 2 86 makes a compelling case for an upgrade to current owners...
  10. Second generation Toyota GR86

    Very much doubt they would reduce the price. It will be similar or cost more, especially outside the USA. The relative high price is one of the things that held sales back in places like Europe, where faster, more powerful hot hatches cost less than the 86. If they add turbo, it will cost...
  11. Second generation Toyota GR86

    Me too. The rumours about just 220HP from a NA FA24 disappoint me. If this comes out in 2021/2022, it will be basically 10 years on from the initial release of the 200HP 86. A 20HP increase after 10 years is poor for a dedicated sports car. Compare to hot hatches, they have added much more power...
  12. Second generation Toyota GR86

    I’d take a turbo 1.8 boxer over a NA 2.4 if I’m honest. In many ways, the turbo 1.8 makes way more sense. It will probably meet emissions more easily, it stays below 2L engine displacement and thus avoids the extra purchasing costs that 2+L cars attract in countries lie Japan, and the turbo 1.8...
  13. Australia - Pricing and Availability Details

    Seems a bit ‘cheap’ to put 18s on a $95k car (a $40k Camry SX gets 19s), or is it just me? I realise they need to provide some reason to step to the top trim, but still... Now that the official pricing is out, and it’s higher than I can justify to myself, I’m thinking about other cars I might...
  14. Nissan celebrates 50 years of the Z car with 2020 370Z

    Yeah, not feeling that 50th edition scheme. Poor Z, it deserves better. The heritage edition was OK, but I think the standard, no sticker paint still looks the best. I’m honestly (pleasantly) surprised the Z34 is still on sale in 2019. It looks increasingly like Nissan will not replace it with...
  15. Scion FR-S / Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ

    Hakone looks great, especially the colour and the wheels. But yeah, only yet more minor cosmetic changes. There are two things I really wish my 86 had, more stock power and a liftback for practicality. Hoping the next gen 86 satisfies both, since I suspect the Supra will be priced too high here...
  16. Scion FR-S / Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ

    Conversely, my 86 has been the most reliable car I’ve had, but it is a 2015 build, when most of the issues have been worked out. Yeah, probably a good idea. Let the early adopters pay top price, and find all the issues, then get the revised model with most of the issues already remedied. ;)
  17. Scion FR-S / Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ

    Hmm, from what is being reported by affected owners, the problem isn’t the engine or age of it as such, it is in cowboy dealers not waiting for the proper instructions, and not using the correct sealant in the correct ratios (with the result of sealant breaking away and gunking up the engine)...
  18. Second generation Toyota GR86

    Take anything written about upcoming cars published by motoring.com.au with a huge pinch of salt. Their track record on reliable reporting, particularly about new sportscars, is hilariously awful. They also predicted an 86 convertible, a turbo version, and even an 86 sedan, in prior years. None...
  19. Toyota S-FR concept

    They went quite far with the SF-R, debuting more than one version at motor shows, even doing up a commercial which is still up on YT I think. Seems like a lot of effort compared to the typical concept that has no production plans. I would too, but I think a few factors work against it going...
  20. Australia - Pricing and Availability Details

    Actually, Australia is well known to be a performance car loving market. An interesting fact I recall reading about... Australia was the 2nd largest market in the world for the 3rd gen RS Megane, after France. Let that sink in. We bought more RS Meganes than much larger European markets like...


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