Toyota finally reveals FT-86 Concept

Toyota finally reveals FT-86 Concept

Toyota FT-86 concept fq

Toyota’s President Akio Toyoda spoke out recently about the desperate need of an excitement injection for the company. Now, he’s ready to unveil the first dose: the FT-86 Concept.

After more than a year of rumors, theories and renderings, the lovechild of the Toyota-Subaru joint venture has been unveiled. This modern incarnation of the rear-wheel drive, drift-legend Corolla AE-86 takes shape with a modified Subaru Impreza chassis and Toyota badging.

The FT-86 is still in concept form and will make its first public appearance later this month at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The pictures of the newest sports car from Toyota show a 2 + 2 seating coupe, with wheels and body lines that share styling with the Lexus IS-F.

The most interesting part of the FT-86 is its powerplant. Toyota is using a 2.0-litre flat four-cylinder from Subaru, a naturally aspirated version of Subaru’s turbo four powerplant. The drivetrain layout has been converted to rear-wheel drive, instead of the all-wheel drive Subaru uses. The engine will be matched up to a six-speed manual transmission.

Toyota says they chose the naturally aspirated version of the 2.0-litre boxer engine to keep weight and costs down and to focus on a low and balanced center of gravity. Toyota insiders are already claiming the FT-86 handles and accelerates brilliantly.

The FT-86 is predicted to begin selling sometime in late 2011 to the Japanese market. Styling and power output could change drastically in that time period.

More information will be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, which runs from October 24 to November 4, with the car likely to be officially unveiled at the event’s October 21 press day.

Toyota FT-86 concept fq

Toyota’s President Akio Toyoda spoke out recently about the desperate need of an excitement injection for the company. Now, he’s ready to unveil the first dose: the FT-86 Concept.

After more than a year of rumors, theories and renderings, the lovechild of the Toyota-Subaru joint venture has been unveiled. This modern incarnation of the rear-wheel drive, drift-legend Corolla AE-86 takes shape with a modified Subaru Impreza chassis and Toyota badging.

The FT-86 is still in concept form and will make its first public appearance later this month at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The pictures of the newest sports car from Toyota show a 2 + 2 seating coupe, with wheels and body lines that share styling with the Lexus IS-F.

The most interesting part of the FT-86 is its powerplant. Toyota is using a 2.0-litre flat four-cylinder from Subaru, a naturally aspirated version of Subaru’s turbo four powerplant. The drivetrain layout has been converted to rear-wheel drive, instead of the all-wheel drive Subaru uses. The engine will be matched up to a six-speed manual transmission.

Toyota says they chose the naturally aspirated version of the 2.0-litre boxer engine to keep weight and costs down and to focus on a low and balanced center of gravity. Toyota insiders are already claiming the FT-86 handles and accelerates brilliantly.

The FT-86 is predicted to begin selling sometime in late 2011 to the Japanese market. Styling and power output could change drastically in that time period.

More information will be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, which runs from October 24 to November 4, with the car likely to be officially unveiled at the event’s October 21 press day.

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