Toyota moved closer to its full-blooded rally return with the release of a
final-spec GT86 CS-R3 rear-wheel drive
The Toyota GT86 CS-R3 was launched in prototype form in August 2014 and has since then undergone an extensive test program to fine-tune the car that will be delivered to private competitors and teams at the end of 2015.
Toyota says that its new rally car has proved "immensely popular" with its rear-wheel drive powertrain, featuring a 1,998cc, 235 hp boxer engine and six-speed sequential transmission.
It took the Japanese manufacturer slightly longer to develop the GT86 CS-R3 car than initially anticipated. As a result, Toyota has extended its introductory price of 100,000 EUR or $111,000 (with tax included) for the whole kit, which includes a GT86 body shell, powertrain and all the mechanical components required to build the car.
The car will be homologated to FIA R3 regulations at the beginning of July, after which all CS-R3 cars will be eligible for national and international rally competitions, up to and including the World Rally Championship.
The GT86 CS-R3 is expected to make its competition debut at the Rally Niedersachsen in Germany on July 4, 2015, with up to 10 cars due to take part.