Toyota Motor Philippines to launch 86 sports car 'quite soon'

By Anna Barbara L. Lorenzo
 

Toyota 86

The Toyota GT 86, one of the most-anticipated cars launched at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, is coming to the Philippines very soon. This was confirmed by no less than Toyota Motor Philippines president Michinobu Sugata, who said the sports car is just one of the many exciting things car enthusiasts can expect from the company as it recovers from various disasters this year.

"We are launching the Toyota 86 in the Philippines quite soon," Sugata said. "I'm very excited about this because I used to be an owner of the AE86."

The Toyota GT 86, a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe, was made by Toyota in collaboration with Subaru carmaker, Fuji Heavy Industries. It was developed to carry the spirit of the AE86, a favorite sports car of tuners worldwide.

It's lightweight and compact, and it runs on a 2.0-liter engine with an output of 197hp and 205Nm. See the specs below.

Toyota 86

While Sugata is certain the Toyota 86 will be arriving soon, he said he can't pinpoint the exact date of its Philippine launch.

Another Toyota official said, however, that the company is eyeing a mid-2012 launch for the 86 sports car. The official added that it will be sold at no less more than P2 million.

Sugata expects sports-car enthusiasts to be very excited about the Toyota 86's arrival.

"I have no idea how many units we'll sell but I know there are so many motoring enthusiasts in the Philippines so in the initial stage, I expect quite a number of reservations," he added.

(Clarification: Apologies for the blunder. The Toyota GT 86 will be sold at "no more than P2 million.")

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  • one.edchelle Dec 06 2011 @ 03:04pm
    I love it, i can't wait to see and drive this one, atlast after long years of wait wohooo!!!!
  • Kim John Dec 06 2011 @ 03:30pm
    wala namang turbo. i rather choose the hyundai coupe.
    • BOOGIECAT Dec 07 2011 @ 08:39pm
      May pambili ka?
  • troybentz Dec 06 2011 @ 03:39pm
    well at least its a BOXER engine!
  • ashek268 Dec 06 2011 @ 04:05pm
    HCPI are you just going to say and do nothing?
  • fortis Dec 06 2011 @ 04:46pm
    i think this car is way way smaller and lighter than the Genesis
  • hopeless Dec 06 2011 @ 06:11pm
    6 M/T option and RWD : Nice.
    >Php 2M : Uh oh.
  • joab565 Dec 06 2011 @ 06:40pm
    Very Nice!
  • sef21 Dec 06 2011 @ 08:46pm
    This car has a redline of 7,500 rpm. The interesting thing about its engine is that it can produce almost 200hp without use of forced induction.
    • hajabah Dec 06 2011 @ 10:38pm
      So can the Renault Clio Cup. I think (judging by jeremy clarkson's comments) that just means that you have to work the gearbox more efficiently to extract that power. It doesn't have the low-end torque of forced induction.
      • Adrian Dec 07 2011 @ 05:14pm
        Dapat in the near future mas malakas at gumanda pa ang engine specs nya. Pwede na sya mag compete!
  • the 8th Dec 06 2011 @ 11:37pm
    @ fortis, yep there's an infographic around the net showing that the hyundai genesis is about as big as the current mustang, and the toyota (GT) 86 is about the size of the current gen MX-5.

    "no less than 2M" is too much though.
  • angelo Dec 07 2011 @ 12:52am
    All those who choose genesis over this, is accepted as stu p i d :D
  • aeronTGco Dec 07 2011 @ 12:54am
    It's good...but too expensive! I heard it will be priced around $25,000...so that's just somewhere in the P1.3-P1.5M mark...
    • Adrian Dec 07 2011 @ 05:15pm
      Mura na yan! Ung Nissan 350Z nga P3M ei!
  • kaceike25 Dec 07 2011 @ 09:04am
    Three sportscars to watch in 2012: Hyundai Veloster, Toyota GT 86, and the Subaru BRZ!!!
  • fortis Dec 07 2011 @ 12:26pm
    i don't know why there is so much hype with the Genesis and Veloster when in fact Hyundai has no racing heritage.

    For me I think Hyundai is just trying too hard to enter that "tuner car, bang for the buck" scene.

  • dominic Dec 07 2011 @ 12:37pm
    You don't need a racing heritage to introduce a racing car. Eh kung iisipin mo nauna lang sila pero sa ganito lang din sila nagsimula.
  • gogogo Dec 07 2011 @ 02:01pm
    or we can just wait for the brz sti. hehe! hyundai? oh c'mon. in my opinion i don't think that the genesis coupe and veloster can be classified as a tuner car.
  • fortis Dec 07 2011 @ 02:15pm
    I do get your point Dominic its just that both the Genesis and Veloster hasn't proven themselves yet.
    I mean come on, have you read reviews of it that it trumped a household name sports car in terms of overall performance? Does both exhibit any outstanding trait be it the driving experience, engine or handling to set it apart from its competitors? Until they do so I guess that's the time we can compare it to cars like the GT86.

    Price-wise well the Genesis and Veloster can be an alternative to the household names. But in terms of outstanding performance alone not yet, not yet now
    • dominic Dec 08 2011 @ 01:59am
      Yeah naisip ko din yan. Once ko pa lang nakita yung G.coupe sa race, actually hindi pa siya kasali, parang gamit sya pag may emergency yung sa Formula 1. And yung Veloster is actually made for the youth. Pero madami pa din bumibili kasi maganda i-modify at mura. Kelangan pa talaga nila gumawa ng legacy. Di pa talaga ngayon siguro...
  • mitsuboy Dec 07 2011 @ 03:22pm
    Top Gear Drift Wars: Toyota GT86 vs Subaru BRZ vs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X vs Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0L turbo
    • gvm0116 Dec 09 2011 @ 12:59am
      The Mitsubishi Evo X is not a direct competitor to the other 3 as the former is a 4door, 4wd sedan while the other 3 are rear-wheel drive (including the base BRZ), 2-door coupe. Not to mention that the Lancer Evo X has way more power.
  • Adrian Dec 07 2011 @ 05:13pm
    WOW that's really amazing! I hope na matalo nya ang Nissan 350Z, Hyundai Genesis Coupe! Pero priority pa rin ang All new camry, vios, avanza, yaris next year.
  • Mika Dec 07 2011 @ 05:45pm
    hyundai is successful in eating up the market share of toyota. halatang halata kaya nilabas ng toyota ito IMO. kung nasa range ng 1.3M -1.45M ito, ok na ok. mas lalong mag mumukhang luma at over priced yung lancer rallyart. If I have the money for a sunday ride, i'd go for this.
    • BOOGIECAT Dec 07 2011 @ 08:38pm
      The Lancer Ralliart is priced at 2 Million Pesos pag cash kaya di yan overpriced..Di na kayo nasanay sa TMPC na mahal magbenta ng Japanese imports!

      The Subaru BRZ will likely be much cheaper for sure!

      Veloster is a joke IMHO while the new Genesis Coupe is uglier than before and most likely still in non GDI engines once its available here next year!
  • Kyoichi Sudo Dec 07 2011 @ 07:48pm
    "Sugata expects sports-car enthusiasts to be very excited about the Toyota 86's arrival." I am not very excited w/ it. i would rather buy the Subaru BRZ than buying a Toyota
  • jbedpan Dec 08 2011 @ 10:37am
    I will definitely choose this or the Subaru BRZ (which is the same car) over the Genesis. These 2 cars will leave behind the competition. But then again I have already set my eyes on a Z4 or a 911 - its a class of their own. But don't get me wrong if I can buy another coupe then I will get this.
  • jbedpan Dec 08 2011 @ 10:49am
    Why is it that people are annoyed on someone driving a Genesis? Is it because that person is trying to fit in the Sports Car world but don't want to shell-out the equivalent Cash? Is it equivalent to buying a Fake sports car? Just asking guys.
  • gameroomhd Dec 09 2011 @ 04:03pm
    sana by the time ilaunch ito, may cool 2M nako @_@

  • EZrider Dec 10 2011 @ 03:10am
    superv for display, but with 200hp, surely eat the dust of GC.
  • philmrasco Dec 10 2011 @ 07:50pm
    I hope tuning one won't cost much, especially here in Pilipinas.
  • angderson_v12 Dec 11 2011 @ 01:32pm
    The 2012 Genesis Coupe inline 4 will produce 270 BHP....will surely smoke the 86.
    • BOOGIECAT Dec 11 2011 @ 08:48pm
      I doubt that HARI will bring in the GDI-powered Genesis Coupe units..
    • Guji Dec 12 2011 @ 01:48am
      the stralight lines sure na...sa cornering, its another story.
    • fortis Dec 12 2011 @ 09:32am
      Plus the fact that it is already turbo-charged. A turbocharged Subaru BRZ or a TRD supercharged 86 is a different animal.
  • angderson_v12 Dec 11 2011 @ 01:43pm
    'The biggest changes to the Genesis Coupe though are through its powertrains.

    For the range-topping model, its 3.8-liter V6 engine is now equipped with direction-injection technology and its output has been bumped up to 345hp and 400Nm of torque. For the inline-four engine-packing model, a twin-scroll turbocharger has been added to the mix, pushing is output to 271hp and 373Nm of twist.' Top Gear Article
  • angderson_v12 Dec 11 2011 @ 01:43pm
    Top Gear Philippines *
  • car.L Dec 11 2011 @ 03:54pm
    the subaru BRZ is much more savvy.hehe
  • fray1234 Dec 13 2011 @ 12:51am
    As previously confirmed, the Subaru BRZ will be powered by the same 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed boxer engine found in the GT 86. The engine even delivers the same 200 HP and 151 lb-ft torque, meaning the promised 300 HP will be reserved for the STI version.

    The Subaru BRZ offers excellent maneuverability and stability thanks to its "ultra-low center of gravity package," a feature that has been seemingly left out of the Toyota GT 86.

    taken from : http://www.topspeed.com

    ->may konteng laman pala ang BRZ..
  • james12 Mar 01 2012 @ 06:05pm
    i will go for the stripped one haha brz or 86 i like them both
  • MMMickey May 05 2012 @ 11:03pm
    Why the hell would anyone compare the GT86 to a Genesis Coupe? One is about the size of a Camry, the other an Altis. They may target the same buyer, but I believe that's where their similarities end.
  • micotayag May 19 2012 @ 10:47pm
    no less more than?
  • Adam Jones Nov 05 2012 @ 11:04am
    I'll definitely have this car by next year..
    Haters! go test drive it, let's see if it doesn't change your mind about Awesome car. :3
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