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2016 Scion FR-S (GT 86) Spy Shots

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A mysterious Toyota GT 86 prototype was recently spotted testing at Germany’s Nürburgring and is believed to be for an updated version of the rear-wheel-drive sports car. The GT 86 was first introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show back in 2011 and we’ll likely see this updated version at the same event in 2015.

This means that Scion’s version of the GT 86, the FR-S, should see the update introduced for the 2016 model year. It’s not clear if Subaru’s version of the car, the BRZ, will also receive the update but the move is likely considering the cars are built on the same line at Subaru’s Gunma Main Plant in Japan.

Toyota’s chief engineer for the GT 86, Tetsuya Tada, recently confirmed to Drive that his team was working on an update for the car. The update is said to include a raft of improvements, including additional power.

Tada conceded that fans of the car find its current 200-horsepower rating lacking, and that engineers were looking at ways to boost power. While forced induction is likely to be ruled out, we could see tweaks made to the intake and exhaust systems and perhaps the engine’s capacity increased.

The prototype is wearing some new aerodynamic components such as an extended front splitter and rear wing. The hood is also vented and appears to be made from carbon fiber. It’s not clear if these are being used purely for testing or if Toyota is planning some serious upgrades for its updated GT 86, such as a new lightweight, track-focused version.

We’ll update the story as soon as we have more details.

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