Toyota’s sporty budget brand Scion showed up with a bang over here in the United States when it was launched back in 2003. Aimed at younger buyers who wanted something small, fun and sporty these little cars have been racking up huge miles over the last 7 years. Up until recently Scions sportiest model was the TC, a small front drive coupe that was more show than go. Yes it looks good, but from a performance perspective it’s still pretty dismal. Toyota has now announced to The Wall Street Journal that their upcoming rear wheel drive FT-86 Concept will be released under the Scion nameplate, a move that Toyota hopes will boost the brands appeal.
Scion desperately needs to bring something new to the table as their current model line is getting a bit stale. The FT-86 is a car that was largely developed by Subaru which explains the 2.0-liter flat-four engine that will likely power it. Pricing is set to come in at around $25,000 which is pushing the limits for the Scion brand, but with rear wheel drive and aggressive styling the little FT-86 may just strike the cord with younger buyers that Toyota is looking for.