Toyota Australia has developed and revealed a dramatic “shooting brake” concept version of the Toyota 86 sports coupe, with very practical possibilities.
Internationally, the Toyota 86 is the same car that has been sold as the Scion FR-S in North America. With the dissolution of that brand, it will take on the Toyota 86 name here as well, beginning with the 2017 model.
The Shooting Brake concept adds dramatic fastback styling as well as the practical advantages of a hatchback to Toyota’s sporty coupe.
The shooting brake name harkens back to vehicles used to transport the British upper-class on their hunting forays, with their guns and dogs. Now it has been adapted to encompass a variety of models that combine the features of a wagon and a coupe..
The Toyota 86 Shooting Brake was conceived and developed by Toyota Australia’s Product Design team, then hand-built in Japan under the direction of the global sports car division. It was revealed to the world in Sydney by the Toyota 86 global chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.
Tada-san said he was inspired to support the project when shown a one-quarter scale clay model during a visit to Australia in November 2014.
“I was totally surprised – and I liked it so much I arranged for my expert takumi prototype craftsmen to hand-build the Shooting Brake concept based on the Australian design,” he said.
Toyota wanted to gauge reaction to the concept, Tada-san explained, although he qualified that it was conceived as an internal design study and there were no plans for production.
“While we never say never, and I would love this concept to become a production reality, it is very much a concept that demonstrates the passion within Toyota for cars that are fun to drive,” said Tada-san.
Beyond just a styling buck, the concept car is a fully functional, driveable vehicle that is said to have been “put through its paces on Toyota test tracks.” So maybe there is some hope!