When Toyota re-entered the affordable sports car market with the GT-86, they definitely didn’t tell us about how extensive their plans really were for the car. Turns out, it’s more than just a sports coupe; it also has plenty of race car iterations.
Their latest race car spec for the GT 86 is called the CS-V3 Racer, a race car that’s been built to compete in the V3 class of the VLN series.
In order to give it all the right specs needed for competition, Toyota gave the GT 86 CS-V3 a new racing exhaust, a track-focused suspension, high-performance brakes, and a stronger chassis with optimized weight distribution. Under the hood, the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder model can be found with an output of 200 horsepower.
For all intents and purposes, the 86 CS-V3 has been described as "an entry-level race car for easy maintenance, low running costs and great fun", something Yoshiaki Kinoshita, TMG President, has described as a car that’s ideally suited for production-based motorsport.
"We want to share the passion of motorsport with as many people as possible and this car is the result," Kinoshita said.
"It already looks fantastic and has superb handling, so with further performance and safety upgrades we have created a really exciting and competitive car which is extremely cost effective."
The Toyota GT-86 CS-V3 has been priced at ?38,500, which is around $47,850 at the current exchange rates.