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March 31, 2012

Videos: Toyota Design Chief Talks About GT 86

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Written by: Goran Has
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Videos: Toyota Design Chief Talks About GT 86

In this series of videos shot at the Geneva Motor Show, Design Division general manager Akihiro “Dezi” Nagaya takes us on a styling tour of the GT 86—otherwise known as the and . Drawing comparisons to Toyota’s iconic 2000GT sports car, Nagaya describes why certain elements are the way they are.

Beginning with a design comparison to the 2000GT, Nagaya walks us through the similarities between the two cars. One element the designers of the jointly engineered sports car wanted to carry over from the 2000GT was the long axle-to-dash proportion. Along with that characteristic styling cue, the 2000GT also lent its sporty Daylight Opening (DLO) line to the GT 86, which can be seen in the similarly-shaped rear quarter window. Nagaya says the GT 86 also inherited elements of the 2000GT’s T-shaped front grille, which inspired the design of the mesh pattern used in the front valance opening.

Moving on to the ’s interior, Nagaya says the primary goal in styling the cabin was function over form. The design team collaborated with drivers to find the optimum layout of the cockpit and, having sat in the car, we can say they did a pretty good job. Finally, Nagaya talks about the front quarter panel and its 86 logo. As we’ve mentioned previously, the Toyobaru was designed with customization in mind. Nagaya says the piece jutting out from the A-pillar on the front quarter panel was meant for tuners to have options for installing custom cooling ducts or air extractors. You’re probably already aware of the car’s clever opposed-piston badge, but Nagaya points out another element hidden in the ’s logo. Check out the videos to find out what it is.

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