A couple of months ago, our friends at MotorTrend dropped some exciting news that a turbocharged Toyota 86 (and most likely, Subaru BRZ) is coming and will be named the GR86 (following the Gazoo Racing branding theme used on the fifth generation Supra). Expected for the 2022 model year, the long-awaited boosted 86 will borrow Subaru's 2.4-liter turbo-four equipped currently in the Ascent, Outback and Legacy. At 260hp and 277 lb-ft of torque, that's roughly an increase of 55hp and 122 lb-ft over the current 86 and BRZ (at last, right?!). But...we'll have to wait another year or so for more official specs and photos. In the meantime, there have been a handful of sweet 86/BRZ builds that we've been able to uncover, for example Southern California's Franchel Villanueva and his turbocharged 2013 Scion FR-S that we published two months ago. Today, we're happy to pull the curtains off AIMGAIN International's gorgeous black widebody Toyota 86.
Last Fall, I had the chance to visit AIMGAIN International headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan, where some of the world's best VIP cars and body kits are built (also where we shot our recent carbon fiber Acura NSX feature. AIMGAIN debuted this 86 outfitted with its complete "GT-F Wide Fender" kit in the summer of 2017, five years after the 86 and BRZ hit dealerships. Unfortunately for AIMGAIN, everyone and their mother had already picked up a Rocket Bunny or Pandem kit (including us with our very own Ratchet Bunny project car that was built for the 2012 SEMA Show). As you can imagine, five years later and after Rocket Bunny FRS' have been played out a thousand times over, AIMGAIN aero wasn't flying off the shelves and this particular 86 didn't get too much media exposure. The reps at AIMGAIN mentioned a handful of kits have sold worldwide, but not as many as they'd hope for, which is a damn shame because it's absolutely breathtaking in person.
The centerpiece of the kit is the front-end that borrows the spindle-style grille from Lexus (introduced on the GS sedan back in 2012). It modernizes the 86 surprisingly well without feeling too gaudy. The rest of the kit flows like something you'd expect from the JDM VIP specialist. The 50mm front and 80mm rear wide fenders aren't riveted on but installed to look smooth like butter with the factory body lines. That goes for the front bumper design, fog light placement, fender fins and rear, too. There's not a component that looks out of place (aside maybe from the monstrous carbon fiber wing, but even that looks as if a lot of thought was put into it with its fluttering endplates and perfect carbon weaves).
To complement the widebody aero package, AIMGAIN developed its own front and rear big brake kits as well as a free-flowing exhaust with titanium tips, while classic 18-inch mesh Meister M1s by Work Wheels finish the build.
After seeing the AIMGAIN demo car in the flesh and realizing there's just not a whole lot of GT-F conversions out there, maybe there's still some potential from this underrated widebody kit if you're an 86 or BRZ owner. The AIMGAIN kit doesn't come cheap, estimated to be $8K USD, but perhaps it could be something so unique and dope to reignite the 86 community, that is, until the turbo GR86 comes around in a couple of years.