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 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:

kinda disappointed.. i always hoped this would be a Toyota or a Subaru.. now scion is gonna market this car with pricey accessories and hip hop music... just like other scions.

Well that’s just lousy.. I was much more fond of the idea that it would be sold stateside as a Subaru. I guess I may just have to buy a Scion after all.

So this is just another site that just repeats rumor and speculation. Toyota has not released details of a production vehicle based on this concept car. "The 2012 Toyota FT-86 is RUMORED to come with a 2.5-liter boxer-four engine that produces 305 horsepower." So anything said about performance is speculation."and allow it to cut through the air with ease." What sort of hyperbole is that? Do you know the Cd? "We’ve also received reports....". Can you quote the sources? "The fascia is completely aggressive...". ffs, do you call this journalism?

Toyota fears anything besides American personal injury lawyers, it’s Hyundai,Toyota unveiled the Subaru-powered 2+2 FT-86 coupe concept at the 2009 Tokyo auto show,

Good luck to toyota.

The fascia is completely aggressive with long slit-looking headlights giving it a mean and intimidating look.

Although plans for the track were announced in May, construction could not start until the organizers had been granted the necessary planning approvals.

The production version of the car reportedly will be unveiled next April at the 2011 New York Auto Show and will be priced in the U.S. from around $25,000. It may be marketed in 2012 under the name Scion FR-S.

Hm... it’s always possible that they’re trying to trick everybody, and when the car comes out the real price will be considerably lower, making everyone excited. I sure hope that’s what’s going down.

The fact that the 2012 Scion FR-S is not coming out for a year makes this one a no-brainer. Toyota is testing the enthusiast waters. Simply. They will lower the price of this car, I guarantee it.

I agree with an earlier post, this just looks like a WRX coupe test mule, and not a Toyota. Unless they’re looking to revive the AWD Celica Turbo that sold like crap from a few years ago.

It looks nice but I’m a bit skeptical about subarus motors nowadays and Toyotas recalling. Im hearing about so many new wrx’s and stis ringlands failing.

the pedals on this one look wired positioned!

Anyone knows about the test pilot that died in one of these?

I love the fact it;s a Toyota. If it was a Lexus would of been even more expensive. The bad thing is that due the lack of backseat room not sure how much people will get this as a first car.

Love everything about this car, except probably the price. However not sure why they are showing now the right side wheel model... I mean, in japan the wheel is on the left side, and in Europe as well...

Toyota is moving this car in front of our noses but it’s in the category... if you see it, you can’t touch it!

Looking forward to see it live, on the street!

Im sure most of its competitors are trying their best to put a mud on it’s face. I wonder what will be the answer of Mistubishi and Honda to this new kid on the block.

so much waiting for this car, but for sure this baby is one hell of a performer. it has a power pack of 2.5 Boxer engine from subaru and a perfect wheelbase for drifting from Toyota.

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