When Toyota unveiled the FT-86 concept at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show they announced the production version would be priced in the $20K area, but a Toyota insider revealed that the mixed Toyota/Subaru sports coupe will cost more than expected. This means that the cheap, entry level sports car that was anticipated will now make the jump to $23K with the range topper climbing to $26K.
How could this happen? It’s pretty simple, really. After convincing the top dogs over at Toyota that they could produce this type of vehicle that would be cheap and have a clean, efficient engine, it seems that the Subaru boxer engine did not live up to its side of the deal. Turns out, the engine is neither clean nor efficient and this little revelation will end up costing Toyota some time and the consumer some money.
Another unexpected turn of events will leave the FT-86 aimed at the target age group of people in their 40s as opposed to the 30s scene that Toyota anticipated. So far that’s 0 for 2 on Toyota’s part. I wouldn’t recommend they gamble anytime soon. They’ve had enough problems.
The Toyota FT-86 is set for production within the next year, with Subaru’s version to follow shortly thereafter. So what do you think, should Toyota still come at us with a production version?