Toyota FT-86 delayed until 2013

Oh Toyota. They haven’t been having a good year. With all of the problems they have been having with the dreaded recalls, they pretty much have their hands full. Truth to that statement comes in the form of a delay of the long awaited sports car developed by Toyota in cooperation with Subaru . While everyone was waiting to see the final product in 2011, Toyota announced that the FT-86 has been postponed to 2013.

Toyota offered two reasons for this decision: first it seems that the company will change the design once again and second is the actual global economic slowdown. We think we can safely assume that the fact that a lot of people have lost their faith in Toyota could also be considered a good reason to postpone an automobile.

Toyota has also announced that the success the Honda CR-Z is having on the market is another thing to take under consideration. It appears that the hybrid engine in the CR-Z may end up influencing the development of the FT-86 further illustrating that Toyota really wants to get this one right before unleashing it to the world.

What hasn’t changed again is the cost of the vehicle. In Japan the FT-86 will be priced at a little over 2,000,000 yen (22,135 USD).

Source: 7Tune

8 comments:

Well, glad to say that it wasn’t happened. I have read the released of the Toyota FT-86. Well, I guess everyone seems so excited about it that they can’t wait it until 2013!

Toyota did not postpone the FT-86 because of that piece of crap little CR-Z that’s slower and less fuel efficient than a Prius and calls itself a sports car. Toyota openly postponed the FT-86 because of the 2011 Mustang. The FT-86 would have had class-leading acceleration with its 5.9 second 0-60 time given the current V6 versions of the Mustang, Challenger and Camaro and the Genesis 2.5T having times in the mid-sixes for the same price. But Ford has really blown away the competition with its new 2011 Mustang V6 that hits 60 mph in 5.1 seconds with 31 mpg for under $22K, so Toyota went back to the drawing board for this car. To ensure that Toyota has the fastest car in this segment as they always did with their previous sports cars, the WRX’s turbo engine or the V6 from the Camry may be used, both of which would cut development costs by using an existing engine as well as dropping the 0-60 time to somewhere around 4.5 seconds and getting the mpg up to the mid-30s given the car’s 2200-2600 lb curb weight.

Oh! I guess they want it to be really perfect so that they will also have a good production with this very awaited sports car but if they will not do it perfect. Well, I guess this sports car will be left behind by others.

Well if they going to release the FT-86 on 2013 and there is no doubt the it wont sell well on the market.. consumers will surely get an alternative on the FT-86... CR-Z is one of the good example.

I agree, so what’s with the ft-86 that keeps toyota motors are delaying it’s release?

what the hell this is the 4th times the posponed it’s official release.. I hate you toyota guys...

Well that’s disappointing; I was looking at buying one in mid-2012. At any rate, the CR-Z is a gutless econoweezer that has all the slowness of the Prius with none of the practicality. The only thing that could get in the way of the FT-86 is the possibility of a revived 240SX.

Personally, I am not a big fan of the current design, so the fact that they are rethinking that is a plus for me, but its too bad the wait has extended.

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