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June 4, 2012
 

Photos: Toyota 86 Australian Pre-Launch review

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Written by: Oliver Trako
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Photos: Toyota 86 Australian Pre Launch review

The Pre Launch was in Canberra at a 4.5 star hotel and we were delighted with the opportunity to photograph about 15 cars in the hotel garage. The cars photographed will all be used in the drive program hosted by at the official launch on the 04/06/2012. gt86.com.au was the only non publishing media invited to the event, and we thank for this generous all expenses paid opportunity. Among the various GT and GTS models was also a special model with special paint, bodykit, exhaust, wheels and brakes. We were also able to photograph the classic 2000GT as well as a couple AE86ers and two classic rally cars driven by the Neil Bates and his brothers who are four time Australian National Rally Champions and have been in a partnership with Toyota for over 20 years. We did our best to take many and tried to capture everyones favourite colour and as many interior and exterior shots as possible.

The photo shoot was the most exciting part of the pre-launch. Followed was a BBQ at the hotel at which Senior Toyota Chief Engineer Tetsuyada Tada (Tada San) gave a speech about the project and the emphasis on creating a pure drivers car with a low centre of gravity, low 1200kg weight despite having all the safety features and comforts of a modern sports car, perfect weight distribution, rear wheel drive a car that ignited excitement and passion with the enthusiasts. He detailed how the car took five years to complete and that initially there were tensions between Toyota and that had to be overcome to finally bring together the synergies of the two companies and make them realise that it was possible to achieve all these goals as well as create an engine that had 100 horsepower per litre. Tada San has become Toyota’s superstar and has been busily touring around the world launching the labours of his project. Thank you Tada San for inviting us to not listen to boring specification speeches but joining you on the racetrack and experiencing the pure driving passion of the new Toyota 86 with you. We eagerly look forward to tomorrow’s launch and the five driving tests, each headed by one of the Bates and Australian Drifting Champion Beau Yates, including: the main circuit, motorkhana, (looking forward to this the most), hill climb and flat track.

We also heard from the four Bates family members who have a very competitive sense of humour as well as a long history in Australian ranging from rally cars, to V8 Supercars, drifting and even the little Honda Tricycle that they all learned to race on with a stop timer in their backyard. Amazingly that Tricycle was still running. We also look forward to driving the Toyota 86 in their backyard, and learning as much as we can from them.

Finally please stay tuned to our site for live Pricing updates as well as more photos and videos of the cars on the race track. Further Toyota has promised us a media pack which we will be sharing with you. Even though it is hard to go to sleep with so much excitement, we need to get rest for what is going to be a long and fun packed day tomorrow.

Good Night from Team gt86.com.au
p.s. Due to a media embargo we are unable to publish this story until 10:30am tomorrow morning.

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Photos: Toyota 86 Australian Pre Launch review

Photos: Toyota 86 Australian Pre Launch review

Photos: Toyota 86 Australian Pre Launch review

Photos: Toyota 86 Australian Pre Launch review

Photos: Toyota 86 Australian Pre Launch review

Photos: Toyota 86 Australian Pre Launch review

Photos: Toyota 86 Australian Pre Launch review

Photos: Toyota 86 Australian Pre Launch review

More photos at our gallery #1.

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