Toyota unveils 86 Shooting Brake Concept
The fully functional prototype was revealed at an enthusiasts\' gathering in Australia.
Toyota has revealed a one-off Shooting Brake concept built atop its 86 sports car, which is currently sold in the US as the Scion FR-S.
The concept effectively turns the Toyota 86 into a compact, rear-wheel-drive station wagon, expanding rear headroom and the cargo area. It also sports a wagon-like tailgate that opens like a hatchback.
Conceived and penned in Toyota's Australian design studios, it was first modeled in clay in 1:4 scale. During a visit in November 2014, the design caught the eye of the Toyota 86's global chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada: "I liked it so much I arranged for my expert takumi prototype craftsmen to hand-build the Shooting Brake concept based on the Australian design."
"Like kids in a lolly shop, we thought about restyling more of the car;" said Toyota Australia's chief designer Nicolas Hogios, "However, like a good parent saying 'no' to too many sweets, we made the conscious decision to keep as much of the original 86 as possible, only changing what was absolutely necessary."
Built in Japan, the concept is completely functional and drivable, and has even undergone testing at Toyota's test tracks. It was then brought to Australia this week where it was unveiled during a Toyota 86 enthusiasts' festival. Reportedly, the driving feel is even more neutral in tight corners than the coupe version.
Tada, however, was quick to add that while it was built to gauge customer reaction, there are no immediate plans to put it into production.