… And then insults everyone by calling it a GT86 for women.
Toyota built a stylish, high end GT86 concept car with custom bodywork for last year’s Tokyo Auto Salon called the Toyota 86 xstyle Cb and then submarined the promising concept by saying it was a GT86 for women.
That’s not totally fair. Toyota’s actual words, translated, were “Fashion woman customization perspective that emphasizes the color and texture, was choreographed in urban quality.” So maybe it’s just for urban women.
More than a decade into the 21st century we think it might be time for Toyota to get on the same page as the rest of the world and acknowledge that there are both women who love the visceral thrills of a true sports cars and men who don’t treat every morning’s commute as a reason to cosplay Dominic Toretto and prefer a more mature, refined automobile with leather and wood and an attractive exterior.
If they had called this a Lexus SC200 concept with bespoke coachwork by an Italian design firm, Alcantara leather interior with real hard wood accents and just let the design stand on its own, this would be a design we could get behind.
Instead it looks an awful lot like Toyota told the GT86 team that they had to build a sports car for adults and the team said ‘that sounds too girly.’