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Toyota’s FT-86 Revealed

Posted in Auto Show, Design, Featured, News, Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota, Videos by Kurt Ernst | November 28th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Toyota's GT 86. Image: Toyota of Europe

The official unveiling of Toyota’s much anticipated FT-86 sports coupe happens later this week at the Tokyo Motor Show, but that hasn’t stopped the Japanese automaker from leaking footage of the GT 86 (the car’s actual name, in Europe at least) in advance. We’re not sure if it will land on these shores under a Toyota badge or a Scion badge (since Scion did show a version as the FR-S), but we are sure of this: Toyota pretty much violated the gentleman’s agreement with Subaru to reveal the respective cars at the same time.

Toyota's GT 86. Image: Toyota of Europe

The Toyota GT 86 will use a Subaru-supplied, 2.0-liter boxer-four engine, good for 197 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque. Both a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic gearbox will be offered, and the car will come to market with a 53-percent front, 47-percent rear weight distribution for balanced handling.

Toyota's GT 86. Image: Toyota of Europe

It’s too early to talk about specific performance numbers, since we don’t even know what the car will weigh in U.S. trim. Sill, I’d expect a 0 – 60 time of under seven seconds with a top speed of 140 or so, unless Toyota cheaps out and equips the GT 86 with H rated tires. If that’s the case, expect the top speed to be electronically limited to 135 mph.

Toyota's GT 86. Image: Toyota of Europe

Toyota's GT 86. Image: Toyota of Europe

Barring any further delays, I’d expect the car to go on sales in the U.S. in the first half of next year. Now that Toyota has (finally) shown us what the car looks like, expect further details on the FT-86 (or GT-86, or Scion FR-S) in the coming months.

Source: Autoblog

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4 Responses

  1. T says:

    I hear subarus version will be called the “FFS”

    • SNAK3 says:

      That would be really fitting if they only make it with about 200 hp, or don’t make an STi version.
      “the Subaru For F***s Sake on sale in nobody cares”

  2. Alex says:

    Anyone hear about the BRZ GT300? :D

    Btw Ridelust why are you trying to instigate some negativity here by stating “they didnt reveal them at the same time as they agreed”?

    Both cars are out, the public loves em, enthusiasts cant wait to get them, don’t spread some unnecessary negativity for a car that has been – so long – waited for.

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      @Alex, no negativity intended. Toyota and Subaru had a gentleman’s agreement to release the cars to the public at the same time, and it didn’t quite happen that way. Also, Toyota has taken a few shots at Subaru regarding turbocharging and all-wheel-drive; to that end, expect a supercharger from Toyota for the GT 86 and the Scion FR-S, while Subaru will rely on turbocharging to make an STI version of the BRZ faster.

      Look for the BRZ GT300 to debut in the 2012 season of Japan’s Super GT series. I haven’t heard anything about a Toyota version yet.