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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.

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. (

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.


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

2012 Toyota FT-86 Interior
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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.


2012 Toyota FT-86 Exterior
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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.


2012 Toyota FT-86 Exterior
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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.


2012 Toyota FT-86 Exterior
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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.

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  (1) posted on 04.10.2012

The interior on this car is insanely awesome. I have this car on Gran Turismo 5 and I was driving it and looking at the interior of it and thinking,"It can’t be real? Why would a Toyota car actually look cool?". Than I looked it up and it is. Really impressed with this car

  (498) posted on 01.5.2012

The design on the front is really impressive, and it already looks great with its color. The interior touch is so refreshing for me. Is this already on the market or not yet?

  (397) posted on 01.2.2012

I love the angst of this FT-86. The mileage of this car gives some elegance on this one. I also noticed that the interior seems to have a futuristic touch. Anyway, the engine is quite impressive.

  (484) posted on 11.29.2011

It is really so nice to see a good-looking Toyota vehicle! Well, to be honest I’m not impressed with their cars but with this one, I must say that it truly caught my attention and interest! smiley

  (474) posted on 11.27.2011

If I have my own Toyota FT-86, I would rather prefer it on red body paint for it looks cooler and classy for that. smiley Anyway, I noticed that its interior is also having a futuristic touch which is so impressive!

  (613) posted on 11.25.2011

I’m not really a fan of Toyota, but I still admired some of their good-looking vehicles just like this one. smiley In spite of having only a simple detailing, at the same time I find it very aggressive on its front design and even in its engine.

  (776) posted on 11.22.2011

For some reason, I didn’t see this Toyota FT-86 so striking just like the other commentator say. However, I must say that I admired the spacious interior of this vehicle.

  (317) posted on 11.1.2011

I love the decent body paint that they used on this one, and I’m glad to know that it is very reliable on the road, although I don’t think also that its engine and horsepower are good enough for it.

  (300) posted on 10.27.2011

I have a doubt on its engine, I don’t think that it can give a better performance on this one, but anyway, I must say that with its aesthetic design and hygienic body paint, it is absolutely looking so amazing, and I noticed that the wheels of it, only adds more appeal to it.

  (714) posted on 09.27.2011

Very stylish and futuristic designs totally sporty car. For me Toyota are more ideal and conceptualized given for this car. I love the new version of FT-86.

  (1) posted on 09.14.2011

Finally someone is going to make an affordable sportscar. The only thing is at some point they need to add a turbo or do something to increase speed. People shouldn’t drive a car that looks like that and get beaten by a soccer mom driving a souped-up camry.

  (434) posted on 09.13.2011

Impressive exterior, awesome enough and its car lines adds some angst and beauty on this car and I also noticed its front headlight, so cool for it.

  (1) posted on 08.29.2011

The most difficult word to understand seems to be "Both" as in "Both cars are expected to look a little different from each other".

As opposed to one car looking different and one looking the same? You can say BOTH are the same, but not BOTH are different.

"The two cars will have some styling differences"

  (452) posted on 07.29.2011

Subaru will probably reveal their newest version to compete with this Toyota FT-86. By the way, the competition will surely rise up because they are really the same in name and performance.

  (287) posted on 07.27.2011

I think the Subaru have released a model car named after this Toyota vehicle. I wonder on what was the power output of the car?

  (526) posted on 07.27.2011

This car look so impressive on its styling. I really love its elegant interior! Well, I guess there’s no reason to speculate anymore since its was debut already.

  (314) posted on 07.19.2011

A Celica that is 24 years in your hand. That was really amazing, It proves that there are people who still know how to take care of their car, even if its not as famous as others.

  (858) posted on 06.17.2011

Wow, a 1987 Celica? You still have that kind of car? Seriously, you probably would want to get rid of that one and get yourself this, it will definitely suit you.

  (1) posted on 06.9.2011

Ahhh, but do I trade my very beloved 1987 Celica convertible I have been driving for the past 24 years?

  (530) posted on 06.3.2011

So they are calling this one a Celica in Europe. Well I think that one would actually be a nice name, since the Celica brand was actually one of their more popular brands back in the 90’s

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