Hey, look – another cool car we won’t be getting Stateside! Gazoo Racing Meister of Nurburgring (GRMN), a motorsports division of Toyota in Japan, has released specs for the GRMN 86, a limited-run trim of the 86 sports car (or FR-S/BRZ, in case you’ve been living under a rock) that preps the car for circuit work. GRMN will be displaying the unique 86 to the Tokyo Auto Salon, which runs January 15 to 17 in Chiba, Japan.
The performance massaging begins in the engine, where techs hand balanced and assembled the FA20 power plant with internal parts coated in a friction reducing treatment. The mill sends power through a specially treated and rebuilt close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox, and GRMN saw power output gains of roughly 10 percent to 213hp and 152.6 lb.-ft. of torque. Moreover, peak torque comes on some 1,000rpm sooner, while peak horsepower is achieved 300rpm later in the rev range. To heighten the sensations of tossing the car about, engineers retuned the engine, throttle response, anti-lock brake system, Vehicle Stability Control, LSD actuation, steering programming, braking balance, and suspension damper valving.
The GRMN 86 receives a bunch of wind tunnel-tested aero and body bits, such as a dry carbon roof, hood, trunk lid, side garnish for the fenders, bottom skirts, and front lip area. Weight was taken out of the glass ta boot, with the side and rear windows all replaced with high gloss UV polycarbonates, and the windshield supplanted by a high-durability lightweight composite glass that reduces weight as well as adds stiffness.
Braking is improved with mono-block six-pot calipers and drilled rotors up front and four-pot binders in back. Bracing has been added to the sub-frames and unspecified parts of the uni-body. In the cabin, Racaro seats are custom tailored to the interior. It’s a sizable litany of upgrades, but in spite of the number of mods the GRMN 86 weighs the same as an unmolested 86.
Each car is pulled mid-production from the Subaru assembly line to be hand built at Toyota’s Motomachi plant, where race cars and high-end, low production vehicles like the Lexus LFA and the last of the Land Cruisers were assembled. The GRMN 86 will have a 6.4M-yen sticker price (about $55,000 US) and goes on sale January 4, 2016 – again, only in Japan (sigh…)
Source: Response.jp via Club4AG.com