Finally, some concrete information on Toyota’s FT-86 production vehicle coming out of the company’s G sports division. Apparently, Toyota Japan had an invite-only event to showcase their Noah and Voxy people-movers, but it didn’t take long for the conversation to turn to the highly anticipated FT-86.
According to 7tune, the Toyota FT-86 is definitely on schedule and ready to make its appearance in November 2011, contrary to the rumors circulating that its debut was pushed back to 2013. 7tune sat down with Dr. Shigeyuki Hori, Project General Manager for the Sports Vehicle Management division and Kazuo Okino, Group manager for the same division and they confirmed that the FT-86 is about 50% complete and is still on target in terms of pricing. Their mid-range level spec will cost about $29,000. They also discussed the possibility of a turbocharged engine, but the decision on that is still up in the air at Toyota. In total, the FT-86 will come in three spec levels with two engines. A hybrid vehicle is also in the works, but will not come in one of the spec levels of the FT-86. Toyota says they are saving that powerplant for a different sports vehicle.
Some more good news for the folks that are patiently waiting for the release of the FT-86 is this: the concept will not see many changes to its design. The minor changes that will be made will be more aesthetic, leaving the overall shape untouched.
When asked about the anxiety held by the public in terms of the FT-86, Chief Officer for Toyota’s Motor Sports Division, Tadashi Yamashina, replied that “the cars development was on schedule and that because of Toyota’s connection with Subaru, there was no way that the car wasn’t going to be great.”
There you have it, folks, straight from the automotive horse’s mouth.