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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.

Now, after months of speculation on our part and hardcore testing on Toyota’s part, the Japanese company has finally unveiled the production FT 86, only it will be called the GT-86 instead. The new name was chosen as a tribute to Toyota’s GT car heritage and the exhilarating drivability of the Corolla Levin AE86. The Toyota GT-86’s official debut will be made at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

The new GT 86 is based on an entirely new platform and features a low, highly aerodynamic bodyshell. It is powered by the same engine as its Subaru sibling - a 2.0 liter, naturally-aspirated petrol engine - but will only deliver 200 HP as opposed to Subaru’s promised 300 HP. That being said, the base BRZ will come with the same 200 HP that the new GT-86 is sporting, bringing these two models closer than originally anticipated. Subaru’s promised 300 HP will be present in the STI version, leading us to believe that a G-Sports variant for the GT-86 will bring forth the same amount of power. This borrowed engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATE 07/10/2012: Nino Karotta made one of the most epic reviews for the new GT 86. He crosses Europe in a GT86 to put it up against his AE86 on a racetrack. Hit the jump to see the results.

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The Toyota 86 TRD is in Los Angeles and it Tickled our Fast and Furious Spirit

The Toyota 86 TRD is in Los Angeles and it Tickled our Fast and Furious Spirit

Most Toyotas are now getting TRD treatment, but the 86 deserves it the most

The Toyota 86 is a clever way of getting in the two-door sports car club without breaking the bank and with the certainty that buckets of fun await you when you get hold of the keys. However, the nifty little runabout was never praised for its power output which is why we’ve been asking for years for more power. Toyota, finally, got up from its sleeping bag and offered the TRD Special Edition. What is its selling point? Improved handling.

Yes, the 86 TRD Special Edition didn’t really answer our prayers, but it builds on the car’s core strengths. The TRD package contains some of the goodies you can find on the European Performance Package that became available with the Club Series Blue Edition model as well as some other things, like a new exhaust, that is unique to this version

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Here Are the Cars Toyota Might Kill Off

Here Are the Cars Toyota Might Kill Off

If you’ve been waiting to buy a Toyota 86, now’s probably a good time to make that purchase

Like every automaker that’s worth its salt, Toyota’s bottom line is the most important thing the company has to take care of. And, with the U.S. car market experiencing a shift in demand the likes of which we haven’t seen in a long time, the Japanese automaker is in the process of reviewing its entire U.S. lineup with the possibility of dumping nameplates or models that have become sales anchors on the market. A final decision isn’t expected to happen soon, but with the U.S. auto market getting dominated by SUVs and pickup trucks, Toyota’s model lineup could experience a dramatic shake-up in the near future.

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10 Most Affordable New Sports Cars for 2018

10 Most Affordable New Sports Cars for 2018

When you gotta go fast for not much cash

Although it’s easy to get lost in the deluge of noise surrounding fully self-driving, electron-powered commuter bubbles, there’s still a strong number of gas-powered sports machines out there to enjoy. And we aren’t talking about six-figure unobtanium supercars either - nope, we’re talking about loads of driving goodness to be had in the far more reasonable $20k to $30k price range. As such, we put together the following list of the 10 Most Affordable Sports Cars on the market today.

Looking over the list, some of you out there will undoubtedly point out how several entries aren’t your typical “sports car,” whether it’s the body style, drivetrain layout, or both. Regardless, every single one of these models comes packed with maximum smiles per miles, and for a lightweight price tag to boot. As such, we’ve included a few hot hatchbacks, a rally car, and a few others that fall outside the traditional sports car spectrum. Of course, there’s plenty of RWD coupes in there as well, so fear not and read on.

Continue reading for the full list.

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2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition

2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition

New looks, better turns

The Toyota 86 is lovely little machine, offering the simple pleasure of a small, lightweight RWD coupe that’s still relatively affordable for the masses. We said as much in our Driving Impression review a few years back, and our opinion hasn’t changed - we’re still duly impressed by this car’s tossability and fun-loving attitude. Now, Toyota is offering a new limited-run TRD Special Edition, and it promises even sharper handling chops mated with an aggressive and unique aesthetic. And no - it doesn’t come with any extra power. So don’t ask.

Continue reading to learn more about Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition.

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Word Has it That Subaru and Toyota Are Working on the Next BRZ-86 Duo

Word Has it That Subaru and Toyota Are Working on the Next BRZ-86 Duo

Now we wait for confirmation from both manufacturers

The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ still have life in them. Ok, so technically, both models are still around. But, there have been questions surrounding their future, specifically as it relates to the second-generation version of each sports car. There’s still no confirmation from either Toyota or Subaru about their plans, but a new report reveals that both brands have already begun developing successors to the 86 and BRZ, respectively. More importantly, they’re doing it together again.

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2017 Toyota 860 Special Edition

2017 Toyota 860 Special Edition

Hey look, it’s another special edition Toyota 86!

Ever since it arrived in 2012, the Toyota 86 has always been the sports car that had enough, but still left a lot of people wanting more. It’s the equivalent of a solid basketball team that’s one player away from being a true contender. Toyota knows all about this, but the measures by which it has addressed the issues of the 86 – never got more than an extra five horsepower in its life – has left the sports car in a continued state of just being “good enough.” Apparently, for the Japanese automaker, improvements come in the form of special edition models of the 86 and in the five years that it’s been around, it has had its fair share of SEs, including but not limited to the Blackline, the Yellow Limited, the Primo, and the Style CB. Now, we have the 860, the latest in a long line of special edition 86s that counts special trim and upgraded equipment as its two biggest selling points.

Say what you will about Toyota’s hesitance in ratcheting up the 86’s power and performance capabilities, but you can’t deny that the company isn’t trying to create plenty of differentiation for the sports car.

So what exactly can we expect from the 86 “860” Special Edition? Well, if you’re a fan of cosmetic upgrades and a spruced up interior that carries a long list of shiny new equipment, then you might want to stick around and see what Toyota has with its latest special edition 86. Remember, even without the extra power that we’ve long craved for, the 86 is still a good option for an entry-level sports car, provided of course that you get a trim that suits your style. With the 860 Special Edition, you’re going to get your fill of new additions. The only question is whether these additions are enough to make you want to pay extra for the chance to own the newest special edition 86 to come out of Toyota.

I’ll be honest; it’s hit or miss. But if somebody ends up liking, we’re not going to stop them from making that dive.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Toyota 86 “860 Special Edition”

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2013 Toyota GT 86

2013 Toyota GT 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.

Now, after months of speculation on our part and hardcore testing on Toyota’s part, the Japanese company has finally unveiled the production FT 86, only it will be called the GT-86 instead. The new name was chosen as a tribute to Toyota’s GT car heritage and the exhilarating drivability of the Corolla Levin AE86. The Toyota GT-86’s official debut will be made at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

The new GT 86 is based on an entirely new platform and features a low, highly aerodynamic bodyshell. It is powered by the same engine as its Subaru sibling - a 2.0 liter, naturally-aspirated petrol engine - but will only deliver 200 HP as opposed to Subaru’s promised 300 HP. That being said, the base BRZ will come with the same 200 HP that the new GT-86 is sporting, bringing these two models closer than originally anticipated. Subaru’s promised 300 HP will be present in the STI version, leading us to believe that a G-Sports variant for the GT-86 will bring forth the same amount of power. This borrowed engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATE 07/10/2012: Nino Karotta made one of the most epic reviews for the new GT 86. He crosses Europe in a GT86 to put it up against his AE86 on a racetrack. Hit the jump to see the results.

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2012 Toyota FT-86

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.

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2012 Toyota FT-86 TRD

We still have to wait a few more weeks until we finally get to see the production version of the Toyota FT-86 sports car, but more and more details are sneakily surfacing on the internet. The newest tidbit of information comes from the FT86Club and states that Toyota Racing Development (TRD) will offer a pretty aggressive package for the upcoming sports car.

The new package by TRD will supply a new front spoiler, side skirts, a new rear diffuser, a bootlid spoiler, and a new set of 18" aluminum wheels to jazz up the highly anticipated sports model. The interior will also get a few modifications in new sports seats, a new shift knob, a push start switch, and a sports metering system.

As for the performance updates, the recently leaked 2.0-liter flat-four engine will be joined by a full-length adjustable suspension set, a monoblock caliber kit, a new sports exhaust system with two pipes on each side for a racy look, a door stabilizer, tower bar, sports air filter, sports oil filter, and upgraded brakes. These additions may or may not add a performance boost, but the standard engine produces 197 HP at 7,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 6,600 rpm, so expect output to be somewhere along the same numbers.

The new Toyota FT-86 TRD is undoubtedly a response to the recently announced b>BRZ STI Concept; which model would you prefer?

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Toyota FT-86: Specifications Revealed

Toyota FT-86: Specifications Revealed

Gotta love those leaked documents! Whether this document was actually leaked by a stealth insider or Toyota is trying to get ahead of Subaru in the FT-86 game, the new Toyota FT-86’s (or Scion FR-S as it will be sold in the US market) specifications have been secretly released to the world. This comes about two months ahead of the official Subaru and Toyota/Scion debuts in December at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The new FT-86 will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a total output of 197 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 6,600 rpm, as well as a fuel economy of 31.52 mpg. The numbers are a bit disappointing, but what’s impressive is the car’s total weight: only 2,662 lbs.

The FT-86/FRS will be offered in two versions: High Spec and Low Spec. The top version has front LED lights, a leather steering wheel, 6 audio speakers (low spec has 2 speakers), a white rev counter with shift light, and sport pedals. The High Spec model also has "smart entry and start" and 17" wheels. The Low spec model gets 16" wheels.

That’s all she wrote for now, but stay tuned as the official debut in Tokyo gets closer and Subaru and Toyota get more anxious to reveal their secrets!

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Subaru/Toyota FT-86 will be badged as Scion in the US: Features extremely low center of gravity

The Toyota/Subaru FT-86 creation has been buzzing about the internet since the two announced their partnership, but after months of concepts and hearsay, a Subaru source has provided a bit of official information about the new sports car. The FT-86 will be arriving in the U.S. badged as a Scion FR-S and will feature one of the lowest centers of gravity of any vehicle out on the market. It will actually be right behind the Porsche GT3 and the Ferrari 458, thanks to the boxer engine provided to Toyota by Subaru. Subaru’s boxer engine has a flat, low profile that balances weight efficiently and provides quick handling response and flat, confident cornering.

We’re expected to see debuts of all the FT-86 variants when the Tokyo Motor Show opens its doors in December 2011 so we’ll have more details on those models at that time. Subaru’s version of the FT-86 is also being considered for an STI version which could come sporting a new generation, naturally aspirated (not turbocharged as with other STI models) 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine.

Speaking of the STI, Subaru sources also say that the new STI will take at least two years before coming to the market and will be drastically different from the base Impreza. In fact, this is part of Subaru’s plan to separate their conventional models from their performance models. The Impreza was put together with an eye out for economy, but the STI will be a different beast altogether. It will get its own engine, one that will have nothing to do with the Toyota engine created for the FT-86 project and will make it easier for Subaru to market the vehicle as a performance model. No specific figures were given, but we expect the new STI to carry a turbocharged version of the 2.5 liter boxer engine with more than 305 HP on tap. The engine will be mated to a fully synchronized close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.

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Toyota launches FT-86 App

Toyota launches FT-86 App

Just one day ago it has been confirmed that both Toyota FT-86 and Subaru BRZ will make their world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in December. Until that days arrive Toyota has found a solution to keep us busy: with a special App called "FT-86 World Report".

However, prepare to be disappointed; very disappointed in fact. While everyone was expecting an online experience that allows us to drive the car around the Nurburgring race track Toyota thought at something else. Their application add a rendering of the FT-86 onto a photo you take and then upload it to the FT-86WorldREport.com website. The application will also let you see how many other people showed interest in this app.

The application is also available for iPhone4, 4S and iPad2 and you can download it here.

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Toyota FT-86 and Subaru BRZ confirmed for Tokyo debut

Toyota FT-86 and Subaru BRZ confirmed for Tokyo debut

The wait is finally over! After long and drawn out wait, it has been officially confirmed: both the Toyota FT-86 and the Subaru BRZ will make their highly-anticipated world debuts at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show. Both models will be displayed in final production form, although its best to point out that according to Toyota officials, the production version of the FT-86 won’t have anything in common with the concepts seen before.

Both models will be powered by a Subaru-derived flat-four engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. For the FT-86, Toyota has confirmed a total output of 200 HP, while output for the BRZ will be kept "under 300 HP." The two models will be almost identical, with subtle and individual changes being made to the wheel designs and to the front grille.

As for the Subaru version, a few things have also been confirmed: it won’t get a turbocharged or an all-wheel-drive version. Convertible versions has also been denied.

Both models will go on sale in mid-2012, with priced for Toyota model to start from about $20,000 and for Subaru from $25,000.

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2012 Toyota FT-86 Race Car

2012 Toyota FT-86 Race Car

Both the Subaru and Toyota versions of the FT-86 will be making their world debut in December at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, but Toyota will be utilizing their ingenious marketing strategies to unveil a race version of the FT-86. The car will make its debut at the German VLN series on the Nürburgring race track, similar to how they revealed the Lexus LF-A race car. It’s becoming sort of like a tradition of sorts for Toyota and Lexus to race with prototypes.

The FT-86 race car will be similar to the production model, but with a few changes to make it appropriate for the race track, including a huge rear wing, a roll cage for maximum protection, and improved performance. This means that the car we will be seeing at the Nurburgring will look almost the same as the one expected to arrive in December. All we need to do is train our eyes to strip away the livery so we can get a clear view.

We will have more details about this car after the official qualification tomorrow.

UPDATE 10/14/2011 : Fresh off the press, we have some new spy shots of the Toyota FT-86 Race Car as it qualifies itself around the Nurburgring. We also have some closeups of the racer from the pits, where the exterior and interior details are shown off in full glory. Enjoy!

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Spy Shots: Toyota FT-86 Racecar Makes its Nurburgring Appearance

Both the Subaru and Toyota versions of the FT-86 will be making their world debut in December at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, but Toyota will be utilizing their ingenious marketing strategies to unveil a race version of the FT-86. The car will make its debut at the German VLN series on the Nürburgring race track, similar to how they revealed the Lexus LF-A race car. It’s becoming sort of like a tradition of sorts for Toyota and Lexus to race with prototypes.

The FT-86 race car will be similar to the production model, but with a few changes to make it appropriate for the race track, including a huge rear wing, a roll cage for maximum protection, and improved performance. This means that the car we will be seeing at the Nurburgring will look almost the same as the one expected to arrive in December. All we need to do is train our eyes to strip away the livery so we can get a clear view.

We will have more details about this car after the official qualification tomorrow.

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2011 Subaru BRZ Concept

2011 Subaru BRZ Concept

At this rate, we’d probably use a paddle and a canoe to get to Frankfurt, Germany for the year’s biggest automotive event. That’s how huge this event is shaping up to be and it’s about to get even bigger after Subaru has announced their intention to bring a new "technology concept" called the BRZ Prologue - Boxer Sports Car Architecture II.

The BRZ, which stands for ’Boxer engine’, ’Rear-wheel drive’, and ’Zenith’, could very well be the Japanese automaker’s answer to Toyota’s version of the FT-86 that, ironically, the two are co-developing.

We don’t know exactly what to expect from the BRZ other than thinking it will be an RWD sports coupe and that it "embodies ultimate passion for the new sports car and confidence in its distinctive trademark and core technology." Subaru hasn’t revealed anything other than announcing that they’re bringing the car to Frankfurt and that the start of production is being planned for the spring of 2012, but hopefully, everything becomes crystal clear when the biggest auto show of the calendar year opens this September.

UPDATE 09/13/11: You remember when we said that we didn’t really know what to expect from the Subaru BRZ Concept heading to the Frankfurt Motor Show? Well, we certainly didn’t expect what we saw. You see, we where actually expecting something tangible that could take the look of a concept car. But what we got looked something like an X-ray mock-up version of the concept, which incidentally still doesn’t have all the elements that would constitute an actual car. What we did find out, and its something that could prove useful in the future, is that the car will carry a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed Boxer engine that features Toyota’s direct-injection technology called the D-4S.

UPDATE 09/22/11: After being postponed for some time, Subaru will finally be bringing a full concept version of the BRZ sports car to the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. However, this concept won’t reveal anything about the production version scheduled to appear in December. Turns out, both Subaru and Toyota have agreed not to display anything from the final production version of the BRZ or the FT-86 until the vehicles’ official debuts in Tokyo. So we’ve basically been chasing the BRZ and FT-86 carrots only to find out they are actually turds. Not cool. (Car And Driver)

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2011 Toyota FT-86 II Concept

2011 Toyota FT-86 II Concept

While everyone was expecting to see the production version of the Toyota FT-86 sports car, the company has decided to tease us with yet another concept version of the car. Called the FT-86 II, the new concept made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and, according to Toyota, it takes us a step closer to the final design of its next sports car.

Since Toyota has decided to aim its next sports car at younger buyers, they’ve stepped up their game with a more attractive exterior design. Although we are a little perturbed that we received a second concept instead of a production model, we have to say that the added work on the FT-86 II does make it look a lot better. Guess some extra hours at the drawing board paid off after all. As did the design inspired by the legendary 2000 GT which was first displayed at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show.

Toyota may have had to bring out two concepts to get the design just right, but after being postponed more times than we would like, sales for the Toyota FT-86 will begin in Europe in 2012. Prices will start from around $25,000.

UPDATE 09/07/2011: With the Subaru BRZ Concept revving its way into the Frankfurt Motor Show, there was no way Toyota would be missing the opportunity to showcase the BRZ’s competition - the FT-86 II Concept. So, in true competitive fashion, Toyota will also be at the Frankfurt Motor Show with its "faster, lighter, and sportier" FT-86 II Concept. Check out the teaser video by clicking on the image above!

UPDATE 09/16/2011: A few days ago Toyota promised a new version of the FT-86 II Concept for the Frankfurt Motor Show, but the images Toyota has unveiled only show a new exterior color. Don’t worry Toyota, we know you’re in this thing with Subaru and we haven’t forgotten about the FT-86.

Hit the jump to read more about the Toyota FT-86 II concept.

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Toyota and Subaru sports cars to be revealed at the Tokyo Show

Toyota and Subaru sports cars to be revealed at the Tokyo Show

The FT-86, in either Toyota or Subaru forms needs no presentation. Everyone knows how this car will look like and for sure we won’t get any surprises from either of the two companies. And we will finally see the production version of the car. Both Toyota and Subaru will bring the production version of their sports car in December at the Tokyo Auto Show. The model will go on sale in 2012 and the Toyota version will be sold as a Scion FR-S on the US market.

While Toyota offered us all the design glimpse you might have needed with the launch of three different concept cars, Subaru has only revealed a a transparent concept detailing the car’s boxer engine, rear-drive architecture and suspension. And if you were hoping to see an all-wheel-drive version from Subaru, we have to bring you a sad news: Japanese sources familiar with the program say there are no plans for an AWD version.

On the other hand, a good news reveals plans for a convertible version and even a compact sedan to target the BMW 1-Series.

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Video: Toyota FT-86 II Concept stars in Gran Turismo 5

Video: Toyota FT-86 II Concept stars in Gran Turismo 5

Until Toyota will decide to finally bring the production version FT-86 sports car, the only possibility to actually drive the FT-86 II Concept car is while playing Gran Turismo 5 video game. Well, at least is something, even if the trailer is obviously created by CGI.

With this trailer, the FT-86 II has been added to the very longlist of cars to be featured in GT5. And all we can say is enjoy your ride, at least until you will actually enjoy the real car!

Refresher: the FT-86 II Concept made its debut early this year at the Geneva Motor Show and according to the company it will be most realistic preview of the production version set to arrive in 2012. The sports car is rumored to be powered by a 2.5-liter boxer-four engine that produces 305 HP - an engine shared with its Subaru sibling.

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2011 Geneva Motor Show Recap

2011 Geneva Motor Show Recap

Now that the 2011 Geneva Motor Show has come and gone, it goes without saying that the event was arguably the biggest and most successful auto show since the 2009 IAAs in Frankfurt, Germany.

Some might contend that, but as far as we’re concerned, its been a while since we had an auto show that has been as widely attended by almost all automakers in the world quite like what we saw in Geneva.

And while we may have been introduced to a lot of the cars that were launched in Geneva beforehand, there were still some models, mostly of the concept variety, that took us by surprise.

Most of these models weren’t previewed before the event so when the Geneva Motor Show opened its doors, just about everybody in attendance and those keeping tabs over the Web didn’t see these cars coming.

But now that they’re here, we can take a look at the models that made the 2011 Geneva Motor Show that much more interesting.

Check out the list after the jump

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Toyota considers hybrid technology for their FT-86

Toyota considers hybrid technology for their FT-86

After potential customers took a look at the first Toyota FT-86 concept, they weren’t exactly over-the-top thrilled with what the automaker had accomplished. Taking this information and running with it, Toyota set out to right their wrongs with the first rendition of the FT-86 by coming up with the FT-86 II revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. All of that modifying and Toyota may now be taking a step in a different direction with a possible hybrid version of the sports car. When asked by AutoExpress whether or not a hybrid FT-86 was possible, a Toyota spokesman said: "Why not? It’s no secret we’ve been considering a hybrid sports car for a while."

The FT-86, as well as its Subaru version, will be powered by a 2.0-liter flat-four boxer petrol engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with compact dimensions for its standard version. The production version of Toyota’s FT-86 may be coming out as early as the 2011 New York Auto Show in April under the Scion badge, while the Subaru version is being promised for the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Subaru is currently working on making their sports car more aggressive and aerodynamic. Both versions are expected to go on sale in 2012.

In the meantime, Toyota is going to have a tough time convincing people this is going to be a true sports car when they are already considering hybrid technology for a car that hasn’t even been produced yet.

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Toyota to give the FT-86 a Scion badge

Toyota to give the FT-86 a Scion badge

The Toyota FT-86 concept wowed us at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show for being a sexy RWD 2+2 that wouldn’t cost us an arm and a leg to buy.

But according to the Wall Street Journal, Toyota may have other plans for the production version of the FT-86. During a recent meeting with dealers in Las Vegas, Toyota announced that the FT-86 will be badged not as a Toyota, but as a Scion. What’s more, the previously stated $20,000 price tag has been bumped up to somewhere around $25,000.

Is this a good or a bad thing? Well, it depends on who you ask.

While we’re not completely enamored with the FT-86 falling under the Scion brand, we understand Toyota’s decision in doing so given that Scion hasn’t exactly been setting auto sales on fire. The Scion-badged FT-86 could be what Scion needs to kick-start its line-up back to prominence.

Despite the announcement, Toyota has not thrown out the possibility of seeing a Toyota version in the future. As far as we’re concerned though, we don’t see the merits of having a Toyota version now that the production version of the 2+2 sports coupe is being badged as a Scion. They’ll be competing against each other in a market that Scion desperately needs to make an impact on.

We think that having a Toyota version of the FT-86 will undermine the Scion version. But that’s what we think. If Toyota sees a more promising result than what we’re seeing, then more power to them.

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Toyota works on FT-86 sedan?

Toyota works on FT-86 sedan?

The Toyota/Subaru collaboration has all of us car enthusiasts talking, but with the Subaru FT-86 getting ready to blow Toyota’s version out of the water, the Japanese company is already thinking of a backup plan. According to some insiders at Toyota, a sedan version of the FT-86 has been given the green light and is considered a "plan B that will be introduced to cover the FT-86 investment in case the coupe doesn’t become a commercial success." The new sedan will cost somewhere in the area of $30K.

The sedan version will be built on the same Subaru Liberty platform that the coupe version is built on with the same Subaru 204 HP boxer engine under the hood. This engine will be mated to a six speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). There are also rumors of a top version model that will use the Subaru 3.6-liter H6 powerplant delivering 256 HP.

So, if built, the sedan version will be the third model in the FT-86 sedan, next to the coupe and the "baby" version.

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Toyota FT-86 will be ready to roll in Nov. 2011

Toyota FT-86 will be ready to roll in Nov. 2011

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.

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Production version Toyota FT-86 to be called FR-S?

Production version Toyota FT-86 to be called FR-S?

When it comes to the production version of the Toyota FT-86, we have heard all kinds of rumors. The latest rumor going around the mill reports that the officially unveiling has been delayed to 2013.

Today, we found new details on the future car. Get this, the production version might not be called the FT-86. Instead it seems Toyota has marked the FR-S name, with FR standing for front-rear (as in, front-engine, rear-wheel drive) and the S will stand for sports car. Frankly, we don’t care what they call it as long as they get it done already.

The FT-86 is a compact, rear wheel drive sports concept powered by a 2.0 Liter horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated four cylinder gasoline burning engine supplied by Subaru. In its non boosted form, the flat four make a maximum output of 150 HP, but the automaker is toying around with the idea of a more powerful super charged version depending on consumer demands.

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Toyota FT-86 delayed until 2013

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).

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Toyota rumored to be working on a "junior" FT-86

Toyota rumored to be working on a "junior" FT-86

Toyota’s newFT-86 RWD coupe isn’t even out yet and already we’re hearing rumors that Toyota has made up its mind about releasing a smaller, cheaper, and less powerful FT-86. The source of these rumors happen to be Road & Track, which is claiming that in light of the unexpected spike in development costs of the FT-86, Toyota is scrambling on building a cheaper alternative for the new sports car.

We really don’t know whether there’s a grain or two of truth surrounding this, although it does point out a few ’supposed’ specifications for the junior FT-86, including the car’s measurements (150 inches)and a rumored 1.5-liter 3SZ-VE engine that produces up to 109 horsepower.

Toyota, for its part, hasn’t made any formal announcement on the rumored "junior" FT-86 so until then, we’re keeping this one in the rumor rill. For now, at least.

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Japan's Best Car magazine makes rendering of rumored Toyota FT-86F

Japan’s Best Car magazine makes rendering of rumored Toyota FT-86F

The latest edition of Best Car is no different. In this issue, the magazine runs a story regarding the soon-to-be-released Toyota FT-86, only this time, the story mentions that Toyota may also release a tuned-up version of the FT-86, which the magazine is calling the ’FT-86F’.

Unfortunately, we got lost in translation just by looking at the magazine so we really couldn’t piece together what the article was talking about. But thankfully, the rendering of the supposed FT-86F showed enough changes from the standard model that it was relatively easy to spot the more aggressive styling cues in the car, including those enormous air-intakes on each side of the bumper, a rear wing spoiler at the back, an upgraded hood and two modified center-mounted exhaust pipes.

Check out the photos of the magazine and see the differences yourself.

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Toyota FT-86 coupe will cost more than expected

Toyota FT-86 coupe will cost more than expected

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?

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2010 Toyota FT-86 Concept

2010 Toyota FT-86 Concept

The speculation is over, the Japanese automaker Toyota has finally shown the world the highly anticipated successor to the original AE86 "Hachi Roku" with the FT-86 Concept. The old Toyota Corolla was celebrated for its lightweight fun to drive layout. The new project has previously been referred to as a Toyobaru because the affordable sports car was developed in collaboration with Subaru and is scheduled to make its world debut in just a few weeks at the Tokyo Motor Show. We are happy to report that even though this is just the concept, the production model will look a lot like it, with the only revisions being done to the cars interior. However we won’t know for sure until the end of 2011.

The Flash Red FT-86 Concept is inspired by the Corolla based AE86 sports coupe from the 1980s, and carries a very strong resemblance to the FT-HS Concept that was revealed back in 2007 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The FT-86 is a compact, rear wheel drive sports concept powered by a 2.0 Liter horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated four cylinder gasoline burning engine supplied by Subaru. In its non boosted form, the flat four make a maximum output of 150 HP, but the automaker is toying around with the idea of a more powerful super charged version depending on consumer demands, but for now we will have to settle for a simple boxer engine connected to a 6 speed manual transmission and equipped with ADVICS brakes.

When designing the FT-86 Concept Toyota’s engineers wanted to give the car a very low center of gravity for improved handling and efficient aerodynamics so that it can cut through the air with ease. So the four passenger FT-86 ended up being 4,160 mm long, 1,760 mm wide and 1,260 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,570 mm. Toyota’s design team has also included quite a few sporting touches to the concept’s interior; starting off with a flat bottom steering wheel, aluminum pedals and red stitching to accent the leather wrapped steering wheel and parking brake lever. The grey instrument panel is seamlessly molded into the darker dash and from the looks of things, is ready to hit Fuji Speedway.

Updated 05/03/2010: Toyota revealed new images of the FT-86 (Future Toyota-86) during the concept’s European debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Check the gallery to see them all!

To see what the Hachi Roku is all about, check out the video and Press Release after the jump.

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Toyota rumored to have axed the FT-86 concept from the Tokyo Motor Show

Toyota rumored to have axed the FT-86 concept from the Tokyo Motor Show

You might remember Toyota’s FT-86 Concept that was unveiled at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. Well if you thought that the car had the look of a winner, then you’re not alone. That FT-86 Concept, which was designed by a European design team Toyota commissioned, was about as good a concept vehicle as we’ve seen in a long time and we figured that Toyota wouldn’t waste time in producing a road-version of the FT-86 as soon as it cleans up the huge mess that they’re in right now.

But as has been the case with Toyota recently, the latest news surrounding the FT-86 comes with both good news and bad news. The good news is that a production version of FT-86 is indeed in the works. The bad news is that design that we saw in Tokyo won’t be the one Toyota will use. According to Holiday Autos, Toyota has dumped the car we fell in love with in Tokyo for what they believe is a better design – a design that, ironically, none of us have ever seen. For now, FT86club.com – see, the concept even has a fan site! – has a rendering of what Toyota supposedly chose over the one they brought to the Tokyo Motor Show.

Of course, none of this has been confirmed or denied by Toyota because, as we all know, they’re probably a little too busy taking care of things that are of greater importance to them. Nevertheless, we’ll keep everyone posted on this new development for a car brand that doesn’t seem to get enough of the headlines these days.

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2010 Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept

2010 Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept

Adding even more fuel to the sport compact fire, the Japanese automaker Toyota has unveiled the FT-86 G Sports Concept at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon. The FT-86 will be the first in a new line of factory modified vehicles that will be sold this summer under the new nameplate. The G Sports concepts are aimed at customers who have a strong desire to own a unique vehicle by offering them both personalized interior and exterior pieces that is designed to give the driver a sports car experience. As opposed to traditional manufacturers who might have outsourced a job like this, Toyota has kept the G Sports line an in house project.

The first of a the factory tuned G Sport cars is equipped with wider wheel arches to house the unique 19 inch alloys, a vented carbon fiber hood as well as aggressive front and back bumpers with a trick rear diffuser and an over sized wing sitting on top of the trunk. On the inside the FT-86 G Sports Concept gets a pair of Recaro racing buckets while a sport tuned suspension places a special focus on “driving seasoning” in order to make the new FT-86 as fun to drive as the old Hachi Roku.

Updated: Gran Turismo screen caps added. Check the gallery to see them.

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Toyota has plans for a track tuned FT-86

Toyota has plans for a track tuned FT-86

Revealed back in June at the Tokyo Motor Show, the production version of the Toyota FT-86 concept will go on sale sometime in 2011 with a fully loaded sport compact going for more then $27,000. However it looks like Toyota is taking a page out of the Korean car builder Hyundai’s book when they created the enthusiast targeting Genesis Coupe R Spec, a cost effective variant that comes with everything you need to have fun behind the wheel and nothing else in order to keep the price in a reasonable range for consumers. According to Evo Magazine, Toyota is also preparing a track tuned version of the AE-86 successor that will be considerably cheaper than the standard FT-86.

The FT-86 is already a hit with with its compact, rear wheel drive sports car layout powered by a 2.0 Liter horizontally opposed flat four being supplied by Subaru. However the track version would make things even better for enthusiast drivers thanks to a stiffer suspension and beefier brakes, not to mention a price tag of around $22,000. In its non boosted form the FT-86 makes 150 HP, but the automaker is toying around with the idea of a more powerful supercharged version depending on consumer demands. What we would like to see is a value oriented FT-86 will all the go fast parts, forced induction and Takumi’s classic panda paint scheme. Then we will seriously consider filling out an order form.

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The first customized Toyota FT-86 RWD Coupe

The first customized Toyota FT-86 RWD Coupe

After making its official debut two months ago at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Toyota FT-86 Concept a modified 21st century incarnation of the old AE-86 Toyota Corolla better known as the Hachi Roku has already been spotted on the cover of the Japanese Option magazine, a journal that can be considered the bible for JDM tuning enthusiasts. Mimicking the classic Sprinter Trueno two tone paint scheme with its red and black stripes the tuned FT-86 also appears to be wearing what could be an oversized set of deep dish Panasport rims, a true nod to Initial D.

Just like the Japanese cartoon show prompted Toyota to start selling twenty year old parts again and has made the rear wheel drive Corolla even more valuable today than it was off the showroom floor by breathing a breath of fresh air into the affordable and fun to drive new car segment. Our hope is that the production version of the FT-86 gives Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe a kick in the pants and gets American automakers back into the sport compact market, which has been empty since General Motors nixed the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky from their lineup. Hopefully there is more than meets the eye to this red and black FT-86, but it is unlikely that we will find out until next year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, or an Initial D remake.

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Production version FT-86 might be called Celica

Production version FT-86 might be called Celica

Revealed at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, theToyota FT-86 will be put into production in 2012. Bu while the concept is inspired by the Toyota Corolla AE-86 GT, the production version might revive the Celica name. Why? Due to its resonance in the company’s history.

The FT-86 is a compact, rear wheel drive sports concept powered by a 2.0 Liter horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated four cylinder gasoline burning engine supplied by Subaru. In its non boosted form, the flat four make a maximum output of 150 HP, but the automaker is toying around with the idea of a more powerful super charged version depending on consumer demands.

The production version will be powered by both normally aspirated and turbocharged versions of improved Subaru engines and will target models like Nissan 370Z.

Short history: Toyota Celica was a two-door coupe sports car produced between 1970 and 2005. During its life time there were seven different generation, all of them using various four cylinder engines. The car’s name is derived from the Spanish word for "heavenly" or "celestial". The Celica was Toyota’s version of the Mustang.

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