Peugeot 308 Coupe. The Toyota GR86 ate the Lion almost

After combining their strengths in the segment of city cars or utilities, can Toyota and Peugeot join forces to bring to life a sports car from the lion brand? This is what the YouTube channel Theottle thought by transforming a GR86 into a 308 Coupé, called the 3086.

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YouTube channel Theottle imagines what it would be like to transform a Toyota GR86 into a Peugeot 308 Coupé.

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Since the disappearance of the RCZ in 2015, many amateur designers have wondered what the return of a Peugeot coupe could bring. Specializing in photomontages, the YouTube channel Theottle has recently been added to this long list. However, for his work, he chose a rather original base: the Toyota GR86. With several carefully crafted mouse clicks, the Japanese sportswoman became unrecognizable. It adopts the sharp headlights, the daytime running lights in the form of fangs and the large grille of the last Peugeot 308, which seems out of place in this 2 + 2 coupe. RCZ chose to share most of its face with the first generation of this compact lion, at least until his mid-career restyling. The rear of the Japanese coupe has also been modified in the same spirit, with the arrival of thin rear lights connected to a black headband and the famous three-claw light signature.

A not-so-unusual collaboration

This Peugeot 3086, as Theottle christened it, is decked out here in the green chosen as the launch color for the 308 Sedan. It also took the idea of ​​placing the new Lion logo on the front fenders. On the other hand, its silhouette, its mirrors, the side windows or even its ducktail spoiler remind us that this virtual creation comes from a GR86. A choice that responds to a certain logic. Until recently, Toyota and Peugeot had a partnership for the production of their small A-segment city cars, the 108 and Aygo. Today, only the Japanese brand has decided to stay in this category with the new Aygo X, but it continues to source utility vehicles from the Stellantis group. So a collaboration in the world of coupés is not impossible. Especially since the GR86 is the result of an association with Subaru, while his big sister GR Supra was developed with the third version of the BMW Z4 roadster.

A 100% virtual Peugeot propulsion coupé

It can also be added that Akio Toyoda, the boss of Toyota, and Carlos Tavares, his counterpart at Stellantis, are among the rare captains of industry who regularly practice motorsport. But while the first contributed to the launch of a whole range of road vehicles from the Japanese manufacturer, such as the GR Yaris, the second is more reserved for the subject. He favors a more pragmatic approach, focusing first on the most useful models. So there is no point in dreaming too much: this 3086 has no chance of becoming reality. It certainly allows Peugeot to reconnect with propulsion at the same time as a long tradition of coupés, but the current context is clearly not in favor of such a sports car. Especially since the GR86 base is not designed to receive anything other than a combustion engine and cannot be adapted to the new GSR II regulations, which will make specific safety equipment mandatory for all new cars in July 2024. The European career of this Japanese sportswoman will therefore be stopped in less than two years.

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Peugeot 3086

This Peugeot 3086 adopts the rear lights typical of the lion brand but keeps the duck-tail spoiler of its Japanese matrix.

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