Remember that Lamborghini Urus-like pickup sketch from a couple weeks back? It was meant to depict a real project car, based on a Toyota 86.
In order to get everything ready in time for the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon, engineers at the Nihon Automobile College (NATS) went to work trying to replicate that drawing on a full scale, in real life. So what does the final product look like? Perhaps a bit underwhelming, judging by these images.More Toyota than LamborghiniDespite the sketch almost looking like a proper Urus pickup, we suspected that it would likely keep its sports car proportions, utilizing styling cues of the Italian super-SUV for dramatic purposes.Take for example how massive the front end mods looked in the drawing compared to what the custom bumper actually looks like in real life. The bumper is visibly smaller, as are the gaps between the actual nose of the car and the mid-spoiler section. Basically, it’s not as imposing as we would have hoped for. Also, behind the passenger compartment, instead of smaller 2nd row windows we have a chase rack.The profile looks a bit different as well in reality. As for the rear end, it actually sweeps upwards instead of downwards, looking less “Lamborghini Ute” and more “Toyota 86 dune buggy”. At least they did widen the body considerably, which should help the vehicle look more planted.NATS didn’t stop there, though, as powering this project car is a modified version of the Toyota 86’s and Subaru BRZ’s 2.0-liter petrol unit, good for 270 PS (266 HP) and 304 Nm (224 lb-ft) of torque.The 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon kicks off this Friday, January 11th.* Article has been updated with live images of the project car from the Tokyo salon.