2012 Toyota FT-86

It’s been more than a year since Toyota unveiled the concept version of the FT-86 Coupe at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. During that year, we’ve heard so many reports, rumors, and whispers about the car, that we’re beginning to think that this could very well be the second-coming of Toyota’s iconic Celica line.

We already know that the Toyota FT-86 will come with a Subaru version as a direct result of the collaboration between the two Japanese brands. We’ve also received reports that the FT-86 will come with it’s own factory modified G Sports version. Then there were reports that the Toyota version of the FT-86 will be badged as a Scion .

All these reports have generated major buzz on the sports coupe and we haven’t even talked about it’s release date yet - it’s expected to come out in November of 2011, setting the stage for what promises to be a very busy holiday season for both Toyota and Subaru.

Now, the production version of the FT-86 has yet to be revealed, but the many people that fell in love with the design of the concept version, will be happy to know that, according to Toyota, the production version of the FT-86 will look a whole lot like the concept version with only a few minor modifications to its aerodynamic package.

UPDATE 10/27/2011: With almost two months before its official debut in December at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, the first images of the production version FT-86 have surfaced on the internet. The images, some prints of a Japanese magazine, show a car with a slightly less radical front bumper, headlights, side skirts, and rear bumper. The rest of the FT-86 remains pretty much faithful to the concepts we have seen. (AutoBlog.nl)

UPDATE 10/31/2011: Another leaked document has brought us new details on the production version FT-86. It seems that the model will get a 2.0-liter flat-four with a total output of 197 HP at 7,000 rpm and 150 pound-feet of torque at 6,600 rpm and will weight only 2,667 lbs. The model will be offered in two version: High Specs and Low Specs, with the top version featuring a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED accent lighting, a six-speaker audio system, sport pedals and 17" wheels. (FT86Club)

UPDATE 11/27/11: Toyota has unveiled the production FT-86, but under a new name: the GT-86. Check out the full review for the model by clicking here !

More details on the Toyota FT-86 after the jump.

Monikers

According to the British magazine, Autocar, the production version of the FT-86 will bring the Celica name back to the European and Japanese markets, while coming forth as a Scion in the USA. When talking to the magazine, a Toyota insider said: "86 is likely to be retained in its name somewhere, however, as the car has been conceived as a tribute to Toyota’s classic AE86 Corolla."

Exterior and Interior

Toyota FT-86

Although complete specs and details on the FT-86 have yet to be announced, we’ve pieced together enough information to have an idea of what it’s going to look like. For starters, the car’s overall shape and design was inspired by the Corolla-based AE86 sports coupe that was unveiled in the 80s. The FT-86 is going to be a compact rear-wheel-drive sports coupe with an aerodynamic body that rides low to the ground to improve handling and allow it to cut through the air with ease. The fascia is completely aggressive with long slit-looking headlights giving it a mean and intimidating look.

The FT-86’s interior is as sporty as its outside with a flat-bottomed leather-covered steering wheel with its very own red stitching. In addition to that, it also has aluminum pedals, a navigation system, gauges that light with red neon, digital readouts, and a gray instrument panel that seamlessly molds into the darker dash.

Performance

Toyota FT-86

The Toyota FT-86 is powered by a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-four engine, the result of a joint development between Subaru and Toyota. The engine will be combined with D-4S technology (direct injection combined with port injection) that will help increase the output and torque, but will deliver an impressive fuel consumption at the same time. The engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The manual will offer quick and precise shifts with a short-throw, while the automatic transmission will feature sporty shifts controlled by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifts. Power will be distributed effectively to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential.

Pricing

Toyota FT-86

The pricing for the car has varied just about every time news about it comes out. It was first reported that it was going to have a price tag of somewhere around $20,000, but recent reports have come out stating that the sports coupe could come at slightly more than $25,000. Either way, 25 grand for a revolutionary new sports coupe from Toyota sounds a lot like a bargain. We’re still going to wait for the performance figures, but all signs point to the car being a popular sell.

Competition

Toyota FT-86

The obvious competition of the Toyota FT86 Coupe is its alter-ego with the Subaru badge, the Subaru FT-86. Both cars are expected to look a little different from each other, but performance specs are expected to be right around the same neighborhood. Even if there have been no official debuts for either car – they’re scheduled to have their unveilings later this year at the Tokyo Motor Show - we’re sure that the competition between these two will be heating up with every day that passes.


59 comments:

Of course the color of this Toyota FT-86 is truly a beauty. Its true that this one is cooler that Subaru’s version.We just have to wait until Toyota releases this model. It’s a sure hit for everyone.

But of course, aside from the looks, another important thing to consider about the FT-86 is its performance. And from what I have seen so far, it is actually pretty good.

I agree, the FT-86 really has a nice flowing design. It really complements the engine performance that it has. Definitely a head turner once you get to see this one passing by.

Since most of the previews that I have seen are pictures of it from up front, I am really surprised to see that the car actually looks good from the side. Its lines flow cleanly from the front to the back.

Well, if they are definitely releasing this car for production, than it really is a good thing. I probably won’t wait any longer if they had to delay this again.

Wow! This is the first time that I have seen the FT-86’s interior and I can say that I am really impressed. That dashboard really looks unique.

I can’t wait for the debut of this car. It seems that this will the greatest car that will come out in the line of Toyota. I bet this car will come up with a great handling and performance better than everyone else.

what does the badge doing in the bonnet? BTW, is this mean that the Toyota is collaborating with the Subaru and will be sharing the four-cylinder. Well, it seems like an interesting model since Subaru has a great engine.

Hmm, if they are already doing the trial runs, then that means that they are probably almost through with the tests. Yay! This looks good, we will probably be seeing the production version soon.

Yay! We’re finally seeing the FT-86 in the open, just goes to show that they are finally going to release this baby soon. Good thing that they are taking in more of the FT-86 II elements since I really love that car.

Well, if not mistaken Subaru is under the Toyota company..right? I don’t think that
the competition between the Toyota FT86 and Subaru FT-86 is interesting!

Stunning! It looks great in red though i think its not the best option for coupe.
And I think there’s nothing spectacular on the engine. Well, its the same engine that we have seen their old model.

I have to say that its good in red though I don’t like its face and design for thegrille! However, for a coupe the performance of car would be the best option and the price is cheaper than its competitor.

this one I can afford perhaps 10 years from now, tsk! I really love red cars and this one is not an exception, consequently, Toyota FT-86 Coupe looks much better than Subaru FT-86

IMO, rumors and speculation is can’t be avoid on concept car but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be true. There’s no hurt in waiting for the released we just need to wait.

it looks great in red!@cynic, Well, it seems that its not a rumor anymore since it was debuted already and the real specification has been released already.

I am starting to like how the front actually looks good on this one. Overall, the FT-86 is really looking great, just like what I expected it to be.

Wow, the first few pics of this one is definitely looking good. The read color really suits this car pretty well. And the specs here is as outstanding as always.

I think there’s no more reason to expect latest modification an upgrade on this car. I like the teased version of the Toyota FT-86. The future lineup would definitely change the face of Toyota!

I bet Toyota has a lot time to go from pure concept to production ready. For sure, FT-86 Is the savior for the future of Toyota.

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