Still, as a trolling move, this is pretty cool, as one or two aficionados might be caught wondering whether Lexus has decided to give the world its take on the compact sportscar matter.
A Lexus-built Toyobaru would make for a pretty nice proposalSilly debates aside, a Lexus version of the Toyobaru wouldn’t be a bad idea. Sure, it wouldn’t make too much commercial sense, since we already have the Toyota GT 86, Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S, so the thing would appeal to an extremely tight niche.
Nonetheless, those customers would be truly happy and that’s because the affordable tag of the Toyobaru has deprived the car of certain amenities that would enlarge its appeal.
The premium additions to the cabin are sine qua non here, but the transformation could go beyond this. Quite a lot of owners have complained about the lack of grunt and a bigger engine would solve this matter.
Toyota isn’t quite a fan of turbocharging, so the natural aspiration would be kept, which means the character of the car wouldn’t be diminished. For instance, the 3.5-liter V6 on the IS 350 would delivers 306 horses to those rear wheels.
In case you’re wondering how this would affect the balance of the sportscar, you should know the D1 drifting championship enchants its spectators with a GT 86 powered by the IS F’s 5-liter V8. We admit, this is a bit of an exaggeration, but it all goes to show what happens when the Toyobaru chassis receives serious work.
We’re not expecting Lexus to put its badge on a Toyobaru anytime soon though, so for now the Virginia trolling is all we have.