|The 2000GT was perhaps the first Toyota model to gain recognition within the sports car world, setting 13 international speed records. When it first debuted, one car magazine described the 2000GT as, "A fantastic engineering masterpiece on wheels, a magnificent manifestation of complete automotive ingenuity." Even by today's standards, the 2000GT's styling is sophisticated and modern. The exterior design of the FR-S is heavily influenced by the 2000GT's profile, making it extremely low to the ground with a long, sleek hood.|
Although the S800 and the 2000GT play a significant role in the roots of the FR-S, the car that inspires the Scion sport coupe the most is the Corolla GT-S, known by its true fans as the AE86 or "Hachi-Roku," which means 8-6 in Japanese. The 5th generation Corolla GT-S model, offered in model years 1985-1987, gets its "AE86" name from the car's unique chassis code given by Toyota. It was a moderately priced sports car with a front-engine in a rear-wheel drive configuration. The AE86 didn't rely on brute horsepower, but instead a remarkable combination of a lightweight design and manageable power, offering a perfect balance. It made its way into almost every genre of racing from grip to drift and from the circuit to mountain roads.