Sadly, our Japanese language skills are limited to phrases like “good morning,” “thank you” and “I can eat glass, it does not hurt me.” With that in mind, we can’t tell you what’s going on, dialogue-wise, in the above video.
Near as we can tell, a semi-renown Japanese driver with ties to tuning company HKS is driving a stock Toyota GT 86 (sister to the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S) and lamenting on its performance. Eventually, the car is strapped to a dyno at the HKS factory, where it cranks out an average of 169 horsepower at the wheels from two dyno pulls--hinting that the official 200-horsepower figure at the crank is pretty close to spot-on. Jump straight to the six-minute mark for the actual dyno test.
Then the wizards at HKS go to work designing bolt-on horsepower and handling upgrades, and the net result is the HKS GT 86 drift car shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon. While we don't get to see the post-tune dyno runs, that probably means we can expect a line of Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S upgrade parts from HKS in the near future.
This video, found on Autoblog, also seems to show the Japanese press launch of the GT 86. We don’t mean to be critical of our fellow moto-scribes, but we doubt that Toyota would be happy with the outcome of letting U.S. auto journalists run the Scion FR-S, at speed, through a narrow guard-rail-lined chute.