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Toyota’s FT-86 Gets More Horsepower, Bigger Price Tag

Posted in Cars, Concept Cars, Corner Carvers, Featured, New Cars, Promoted, Sports Cars, Subaru, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | January 4th, 2011 | 13 Responses |
Toyota FT-86G Sports Concept

Toyota's FT-86 G Sports Concept

The FT-86, in case you’ve forgotten, was to be an affordable entry level sports car developed in a joint venture between Toyota and Subaru. The original concept was a front engine, rear drive coupe with a 200 horsepower boxer motor and a $20,000 price tag. Originally set to hit the market in 2011, the project has been hit by a seemingly endless string of delays, and the latest speculation on a launch date has it hitting dealer showrooms some time next year. Left Lane News tells us that the FT-86 will make an appearance at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show in December, but it isn’t clear whether or not a prototype or production car will be exhibited.

It looks like the FT-86 will now get the same engine used in Subaru’s WRX STI, which is a turbocharged 2.5 liter boxer 4 good for 305 horsepower. As you’d expect, more horsepower brings with it a steeper price tag, with the price of admission now rumored to be around $25,000. Somehow, I suspect that will be revised upward prior to launch, since $25k would make the FT-86 the performance bargain of the decade.

Subaru will get their own version of the FT-86, which will send power down to all four wheels. Expect the Subaru to be more up-market than the Toyota version, and expect it to start at a significantly higher price. The Toyota is scheduled to hit the market first, with the Subaru coupe scheduled for launch sometime in 2013. Unless, of course, the project gets delayed again.

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13 Responses

  1. Shahroz says:

    its basically entering the current coupe race rather than creating a clas of its own
    so it’s going to compete against genesis camaro mustang chally
    i am a little annoyed why subaru needed toyota…. :(

  2. Kurt Ernst says:

    Sharoz, I think it was the other way around. Toyota needed Subaru for the boxer engine and the rear-drive platform, but let the car get bigger, heavier and more expensive along the way. At 305 horsepower, it won’t even be competitive against the Mustang or the Genesis Coupe, unless it’s a lot smaller and lighter.

  3. Corey says:

    Fingers crossed for a curb weight below 3,000 lbs. If Toyota can pull that off, the FT86 (or whatever it winds up being called) has a good shot at being my next car.

    $30k + 300 hp + <3,000 lbs = win.

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Corey, you could get close with a 2011 Mustang V6, but shaving 750 pounds would be a tough job. The 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R Spec also gets you close, and you’d only have to cut 389 pounds. I’d be happy to loan you my Sawz-All.

  4. BigRuss says:

    PLEASE RELEASE IT im tired of driving it around tracks on my PS3…. i want to drive it on the streets…. foot pressed firmly into the soft carpet.. wont have to worry bout the floor mats slipping under the pedal because itll be a nice aluminum plate screwed to the floor…

  5. Turbosrt says:

    Seems like 30 grand just to go a hair faster than a V6 mustang. Dissapointing coming from the company that used to make a decent sports car. The Supra.

  6. Kurt Ernst says:

    Turbosrt, there are still some epic Supras down here in FL. I hope the FT-86 doesn’t wind up just another footnote to Toyota’s history.

  7. BigRuss says:

    i think that toyota should release a hybrid model that competes with the CRz…. along with the rest of the line up… because really if you want a sporty economical 2 seater all you have is the CRz…

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      BigRuss, don’t hold your breath waiting for a competitor to the CR-Z. I’d stop short of calling the CR-Z a sales disaster, but it certainly hasn’t lived up to Honda’s expectations. In fact, they’re working on a 2.0 liter turbo version of the CR-Z that will forgo Honda’s IMA hybrid system. A modern CRX Si is a car I can’t wait to drive.

  8. […] forgotten, was to be an affordable entry level sports car developed in a joint venture between Toyota and Subaru. The original concept was a front engine, rear drive coupe with a 200 horsepower boxer […]

  9. eddie_357 says:

    it looks gtr heavy w/o the gtr power.the suburu sti version sounds better. concidering the wrx sti hatch didnt live up to everyones expectations.what gets me about honda is they make a typeR 5-door hatch on the other side of the pond ,whats with that shit. i would love to drive that.

  10. Kurt Ernst says:

    eddie, I loved the body style of the Civic coupe in Europe. Much nicer that what we got here.

  11. […] Toyota’s FT-86 Gets More Horsepower, Bigger Price TagJan 4, 2011 … If Toyota can pull that off, the FT86 (or whatever it winds up being called) has a good shot at being my next car. $30k + 300 hp + <3000 lbs … […]