Toyota is the latest automaker to try its hands on a “Shooting Brake”. It follows closely after the likes of Ferrari who renamed their shooting brake GTC4 Lusso and Mercedes-Benz’s CLA Shooting Brake. While the two models are meant to arrive shortly in the market and appeal to the high-end market, the 2016 Toyota 86 Shooting Brake is just a concept based on the Toyota GT86 meant to gauge whether the common market is ready for an affordable “Shooting Brake”. However, it is rather confusing why Toyota has decided to make this concept bearing in mind Subaru showcased a shooting brake based on the Subaru BRZ which is the twin brother of the Scion FR-S and the GT86.
The vehicle is the hard work of Australia’s design team which greatly attracted Tetsuya Tada, the chief designer of the GT86 sports car. Tada was stricken by the design such that he had the design team at the headquarters in Japan build a functional model. Tada loved the designs practicability where the roof can be used to carry many things such as bikes for a weekend getaway while its trunks have a larger opening for easier access.
2016 Toyota 86 Shooting Brake Exterior
The front half of the 2016 Toyota 86 Shooting Brake Concept is identical to the Toyota GT86 Sports Coupe. The Australia team had debated for long what to change in the GT86 but finally agreed to alter much of the iconic GT86 exterior design. They only redesigned the roof and the rear fascia, everything else is identical to the GT86. To start with, the deck lid on the GT86 has been discarded in favor of a tailgate to provide a wider space for easier access to the trunk.
On the other hand, the designers completely redesigned the roof, the rear fenders as well as the rear fascia. However, they retained the GT86 taillights, rear bumper as well as the trapezoid-shaped license plate recess. Door windows have been redesigned where the tiny quarter windows on the GT86 now feature full-size glass panels. The rear also features a flat rear window. All in all, Toyota Australia has created a functional design that has a practical roof that enables owners to carry bikes, surfboards or other heavy luggage for a fun-filled weekend getaway.
All in all, Toyota Australia has created a functional design that has a practical roof that enables owners to carry bikes, surfboards or other heavy luggage for a fun-filled weekend getaway.
2016 Toyota 86 Shooting Brake Interior
Like many concepts before it, Toyota didn’t reveal the interior styling of the Toyota 86 Shooting Brake. However, in case the model makes it to production, I don’t expect its cabin to change much from that of the standard GT 86 Sports car.
The only difference will be on the rear where the vehicle will offer more cargo space and headroom for rear passengers. The automaker could even decide to do away with the rear seats to offer a larger cargo space.
2017 Toyota GT86 Coupe Interior
Engine and performance
We don’t know what Toyota has placed under the hood of the 86 Shooting Brake. However, since the model is heavily based on the standard GT86, it is safe to assume that the Shooting Brake is also motivated by the GT86’s mill.
I am talking about the 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine. This engine produces 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. Though this power is not as much as other shooting Brakes from other brands offer, it will be affordably priced, that is if it makes it into production.
As it is, don’t expect to see the Toyota 86 Shooting Brake anytime soon on the streets. Tada observed that the car is just a concept that highlights Toyota’s commitment to produce fun to drive cars. He also hinted that there is a chance the vehicle will see the light of day but not in the near future.