Toyota announces powertrain details for FT-86

Toyota announces powertrain details for FT-86

To keep Toyota/Subaru fans interested new information has been released on the upcoming FT-86 sports coupe a.k.a Toyoburu.

Toyota has confirmed that its rear-driving affordable sports car will go on sale next year and will be powered by Subaru’s latest 2.0-litre 4-cylinder boxer engine fitted with Toyota’s D-4S technology. It’s a real team effort here and Toyota’s D-4S tech consists of direct injection combined with port injection for more power.

Unfortunately output figures still haven’t been released, stopping us armchair critics from judging the FT-86 before it even reaches production. But Toyota is amping everyone up by claiming that its D4-S technology “results in increased horsepower and torque without sacrificing fuel consumption and environmental performance.”

The engine itself will come from Subaru’s with an improved 2.0-liter horizontally opposed gas motor, in its current Impreza guise this motor only puts out 110kW and 197 Nm of torque, but in the case of the FT-86, output is expected to be bumped up significantly. The real tragedy here is that the FT-86 won’t be turbocharged, not at first, anyway.

For changing gears the FT-86 will be offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox 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,” said Toyota.

The fun stuff happens at the rear where the RWD coupe will get a limited-slip differential. Toyota is talking it up by saying that the front-engined, rear-wheel drive platform will “offer the driver confident stability and maneuverability, while still being quick and nimble into and out of any corner”. Toyota also said that the car’s compact dimensions, lightweight design and low center of gravity will create “an intrinsic joy of driving”.

The FT-86 is set to put Toyota back on the radar for performance car enthusiasts and is a true make or break offering. Subaru’s own version of the car will be technically identical but will feature distinct styling. Which one will be more popular is hard to tell, it may come down to personal preference and badge loyalty.

Check back for more details on the FT-86 as they come to light.

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