• Aug 1, 2007


Click the image above for more images from Best Car.

Within days of announcing Toyota's formation of a "Committee to create interesting cars," this summer's Best Car Plus magazine reveals that the long-rumoured new AE86 type car has indeed been spawned by the group and should be in showrooms in the winter of 2008.

The new article goes into some detail of the new car's spec. Under 4m long and 1.7m wide, it's pretty low at 1.35m tall, and engineers have been directed to keep weight below 1,000kgs. Power will come from a 1.5L 2NZ-FE good for 120 horsepower. What has been unknown until this time is where Toyota would source a cheap RWD drivetrain, but Best Car has learned that it will come from new partner Fuji Heavy Industries - better known to you and me as Subaru.

And the best news of all? The committee's final directive is to keep the new car's sticker price below 1.5million Yen. That's about $12,300 USD in today's money.

[Source: Best Car]



I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 69 Comments
      charles
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wrote a lengthy letter almost 2 years ago to TRD and Toyota Motor Co. sugg. they revive the AE86(I currently own one...still looking for that engine swap...considering a Caliber2.4 rotated 90 deg. or a 2.0 turbo Solstice someday.) Goals are 2200-2300#,6sp,270-300hp,0 to 60 in 4.3-4.9 sec.,20/27 mpg...but, doubt this 20year old frame will hold up. Egg-y as it looks, if they make it easily swappable for a all alum. 2.2l to 2.4l turbo tuned to around 300hp, then see ya wrx,evo,exige,s2000,etc...and hello z06,g35,viper,porsche whatever. And if it seats 4 like the old Trueno, it'd be the automobile panacea!! Do the math on lbs/hp, Cd, 6sp if you don't believe the performance possibilities.
      • 7 Years Ago
      just another troll...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota already has a cheap RWD drivetrain. AFAIK with a live axle:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Avanza
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seems like toyota is trying to be Mazda.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they're able to keep it under 1000kg and offer a 150hp option this'll be an awesome car.

      I seriously hope they do it, I'd buy one in a heartbeat, especially if it offered side airbags and was a 2+2.
      • 7 Years Ago
      mm...I dont know, looks too good to be true, even tho does it actually gonna be around 1000kg? Will good price is possible, like the corollas. The problem is engine, they should just put 4age 20v but newer updated model. If they sale in U.S market I'm sure they gonna change its setting, options and especially weights, engine, and price.
      who knows they actully going to make one. Or ended up JDM only, like the Honda type R.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In a other mag i read that thear will be two engines, the 2NZ-FE with 120BHP and a turbo 2NZ-FE making 150BHP. That engine was used in the vitz(yaris) RS.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I hope the latter makes it to the states.... All I want is 200hp FR under 2400lbs and under 15,000.00 dollars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow that would be sweet...will keep an eye out for this one and fingers crossed so that it may come true.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yay for suby drivetrain, cheap rears alredy exist, and they've been used abused on and off the track. Glad to see Toyota doing somehting with Subaru, not like when gm whiped their face with it and siad, "I'm not sure...."

      Also note I hope this comes with the new Electronic Steering Rack at least similar to the the US spec Yaris.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they actuall make this, it will be my 1st new car. I'm fine with the 1.5L, but it needs a turbo. Forget n/a with the FE head :( Yay for RWD cars !!!!
      charles
      • 7 Years Ago
      And one more thing.... I'm tired of all these boring new school egg shaped designs like curr. Corolla,Civic,Sentra,etc. Getting to be the only way to tell the cars apart is by their rear tail lights.What ever happened to supercar influenced sloping noses and flared fenders. If I designed a new Toyota sports car(Lord knows they need one) it'd be a 2+2 composite of the vett-ish(67-70) 2000gt crossed with an mk3 supra, and with the same curb wght. as proposed for "new" AE86. But this is probably asking too much....anyway....'dreaming is free' and 'you only live twice'.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's about time someone did this! Looks like a rwd version of the CRX Si is back. Not especially fast, but good handling and lots of high revving fun.
    • Load More Comments