In light of the financial crisis currently wracking the auto industry, Toyota has reportedly cancelled plans to revive the high-performance Supra/Celica line. Rumored to be hard at work on a production version of the FT-HS concept unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has apparently abandoned any intention of releasing a new performance coupe in favor of focusing on more profitable endeavors (read: “Prius-palooza”). However, fanboys needn’t despair quite yet: Toyota’s newest announcement does not appear to apply to the Subaru/Toyota WRX/Celica mashup.
Originally scheduled to debut in 2011, the Subieyota Sports FR has been postponed for launch until March 2012, but it has not been cancelled. Unlike many other performance ventures, the obstacles the Subaru/Toyota Sports FR have been met with are not financial but rather technical. According to reports, the Sports FR’s production delay is a direct result of complications that arose while attempting to mate Toyota’s D-4S direct-injection system with Subaru’s flat-4 boxer engine. Engineering complications aside, Akio Toyoda himself confirmed that the Sports FR will continue has planned, hitting dealer lots in 2012 with a price tag of around $21k.