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Editorial: Lexus Should Its Own GT 86 Sports Coupe

Posted by on June 27th, 2013

the moment it was introduced at the 2011 Motor Show. the Toyota GT FR-S has kept one question on my — should Lexus build its own of the sports coupe?

It’s an idea I’ve considered even setting up a reader to gauge your interest as enthusiasts at one point — however, I spent some quality with the Scion FR-S to get my answer on the subject.

Despite the badge on the front, this car like the spiritual successor to the LFA — with the drastic difference in both are purpose-built sports that signal the bold new at Toyota.

If anything, the FR-S is more fun the LFA — driving around in a $26k is effortless, not at all like worrying a $375k supercar, which can like a pressure cooker in traffic. Being in the drivers of the LFA is a transcendental experience, but you could call it easy.

It’s the charm of the FR-S that me that Lexus needs a car in the lineup — much talk has made about the brand’s into performance and its desire to to a younger audience, but existing like the IS GS can only push the so far without alienating existing Of course, the other knock is both models have doors.

Let’s get one thing out of the way — the Lexus would have to look different. With the Toyota, and Subaru variants near-identical in the Lexus can not share even the superficial design cues.

styling is hardly inconsequential, one of the smaller hurdles– there are two larger issues:

Transforming the GT 86 a Lexus will add weight — electronics, upgraded interior and additional sound dampening a considerable burden, and would the driving dynamics.

This leads to the second against a Lexus FR-S — any change in the character of the coupe, and it be panned by the media and roasted by

A Lexus FR-S could succeed by being as good (if not than its inspiration, and that’s a order considering the accolades the has received.

How to counteract all the additional and separate a Lexus FR-S the rest of the GT 86 pack? Power.

Toyota GT 86 coupe

Not to but adding forced-induction or replacing the altogether would do much to out a Lexus-level interior, and would the added bonus of correcting the common complaint — a lack of from the 2.0-liter boxer

(As a point of interest, someone has managed to fit the Lexus 3.5L V6 in a GT 86. Not my first choice, but serves as a demonstration of the possibilities.)

All these wouldn’t come for free, and is where the idea starts to a little steam. A Lexus would cost significantly and with that increased comes a smaller market and an older owner demographic. to the point, would anyone buy it?

In the end, Toyota Subaru created a coupe that has compared constantly to the Porsche while costing less half the price. If Lexus was to their FR-S variant the Porsche in all aspects (power, interior), that kind of credibility would be a perfect to the LFA and its limited-edition six-figure supercar

Pursuing the idea would daring and an acceptance of controversy, creating another GT 86 variant not be without its detractors regardless of how the looked. And yet, I believe worth it — the parallels to the LFA are everywhere, and lineage should be made with a Lexus FR-S.

do you think?

(As a closing note, I to ignore the rumored RC coupe for two — first off, it’s to be a mid-size coupe between the IS GS. discussing a rumor seriously to making large assumptions.)

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