Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Toyota | posted June 30, 2016 10:28
Toyota UK pays homage to Initial D with unique concept
The original AE86 from Initial D now gets a modern interpretation after Toyota UK recently revealed the GT86 Initial D concept. Conceived by Toyota UK's special projects department, the sports coupe gets the signature panda-style monochrome livery, along with new versions of the equipment also found on the Japanese manga car.
Like its comic counterpart, the 'Fujiwara Tofu Ten' graphic is seen along the side of the GT86 concept. As previously mentioned, it also has a Seibon OEM style – carbon fiber Panda-style metallic black vinyl graphics. Another striking feature of the GT86 concept are the 17-inch RS Watanabe alloy wheels that can be finished in black.
Cusco, on the other hand, provided the front strut tower brace and carbon fiber door handle protectors for the GT86 Initial D concept. The carbon fiber mirror covers and mud flaps are OEM-spec.
Other styling cues that pay tribute to the concept car are the tinted rear lights and front fog lights and the silver-painted engine cover that gives a nod to the 20-valve Silver Top 4A-GE engine (not pictured).
The 2.0-liter FA20 Boxer engine appeared to have been carried over but the car does get TRD equipment like the Sportivo suspension system, oil filler cap, high-pressure radiator cap and a push-start button. Completing it all is a Fujitsubo Authorize S exhaust system.
“Right from the start, the Toyota GT86 was developed as a car that would appeal to enthusiasts, whether in standard trim or as an exploitable base for further modifications. With this Initial D concept we not only acknowledge how important the AE86 was in influencing Toyota’s modern approach to sports cars but also demonstrate how the GT86 can be aesthetically and dynamically improved with relatively simple aftermarket accessories,” said Joe Clifford, member of Toyota UK's special projects team.
Toyota UK did not say if they would release a production version of the unique concept.