• Oct 6, 2009
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Toyota's President Akio Toyoda has said the automaker is in desperate need of an excitement injection, and here's the first dose: the Toyota FT-86 Concept.

Inspired by the Corolla-based AE86 sports coupe of the '80s, the FT-86 concept was designed by the automaker's ED2 styling studio in France and bears a remarkable resemblance to the FT-HS concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show several years back.

Since it's a "concept," Toyota hasn't divulged much about the FT-86 yet, but we do know it's powered by a Subaru-derived 2.0-liter boxer four sending power to the rear wheels. Toyota focused on keeping the weight down to improve handling and, according to one source, the platform is unique to the concept. The engine sits lower in the engine bay to aid aerodynamics while keeping the center of gravity in check, and the overall dimensions of Toyota's new 2+2 are 163.78 inches long and 69.29 inches wide, with a wheelbase of 101.18 inches.

After the FT-86 bows in concept form at the Tokyo Motor Show next month, the production model will be shown sometime next year with sales beginning sometime in late 2011 carrying a sticker price somewhere north of $20,000.




[Source: Toyota]

PRESS RELEASE

1. FT-86 Concept (world premiere)
The FT-86 ("86" pronounced "hachi roku"), a compact rear-wheel-drive sports car, provides driving joy and excitement.

* Compact design gives driver greater control, while body's lightness and low center of gravity allow racecar-like handling
* Both power and environmental performance provided by 2-liter boxer engine and light body
* Flash Red body color contains hint of blue; interior expresses modern feel with minimal coverage of the highly refined structural components evoking enthusiasm for cruising


Vehicle Length Width Height Wheelbase Seating
FT-86 Concept 4,160 mm 1,760 mm 1,260 mm 2,570 mm 4



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Animalistic front-end looks.

      http://www.carnorama.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that's more like it Toyota! This car looks fantastic. No word of a lie, if they keep the styling of the production model close to this concept, and they deliver on their performance promises, I'll put my money where my mouth is and I WILL buy one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A very impressive and good looking coupe; reminds me of a stramlined version of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, only a bit more sparse and functional in the interior. And, right in the sweet spot of Mustang, Camaro and Challenger; maybe even a few bucks less when all is said and done. OK maybe not with the honking V-8 but a lot of younger people, particulary women don't care all that much about 0-60 times!

      Whatever, just another example of how the Japanese can respond to a market opportunity in a relatively short time frame while doing so within a reasonable investment. For whatever reason, our auto companies would have required a five year plan, an entirely new body and engine configuration and several hundred million dollars in new R and D and plant capacity to equal what Toyota is doing. And we wonder why we are in trouble?
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car is probably barely more than half the size of a dodge challenger, and probably barely more than half the weight, if the targets are to be believed.

        This is going to be smaller than all of the retro-triplets, and the Genesis Coupe.

        Think about toyota alternative to BMW 1-series, and at least 10-15 thousand cheaper.

        A nice car... but it isn't the same idiom as a big high-powered bruiser at all.

        I just happen to think the styling could be more cohesive than it is. the hoodline, the headlights, even the tail lights look good.

        The slab-sides, the front creased fender flares, the odd-shaped maw on the front, and the mutton-chop side-burns in front of the front tires, and the soft side window glass profile let the design down. What could have been a very clean design, is a bit muddled.

        Those are all details that could be significantly different on a Subaru designed body, without changes to the chassis under the skin-deep looks... which I don't have a whole lot of faith in, either... but maybe the Hybrid Tourer concept shows a bit of hope for Subaru Design...
      • 5 Years Ago
      God, that's gorgeous, *and* that body looks 99% ready for production. My guess is that it'll ditch the futuristic seats (unfortunately), make some minor tweaks and start selling it mid next year as an early 2011 model. Don't forget, this is the company that brought the Scion tC from concept to full production in 13 months. Toyota/Scion also has a sneaky habit of introducing the next model years cars in May/June, so this might only be another 8-9 months away.

      I'll definitely be first in line to test drive it when it comes in, but give it some guts, a nice 6sp manual and keep the weight down and it'll be a no-brainer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, forgot to add: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!! So glad that this project wasn't cancelled / killed when all of the rumors were flying around last year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you are interested in FT-86 news, information, pictures, and more, come join the discussion at initialFT86.com, the FT-86 online forums!

      http://www.initialft86.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sexy hot!. I like it so far.
      What the heck took Toyota so damn long to realize its products are boring.

      I want this. Please let it have Subaru 265HP turbo power!!! This thing needs to have some balls and not some watered down coupe like Scion coupe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      to start this off i say BUILD IT
      however this car is still too much as a concept car, so it might take a while if they do produce it.
      the body is stunning but it will be altered (that is guaranteed) because for starters, i don't know if anyone noticed, it does not have back up lights (the white lights that light when you put the car in reveres) another is the interior the design most like likely will be based off of it will will not be kept. hopefully this car will stay true to its claim of being an entry level sports car. an its aesthetics will be at least 80% true to the concept.

      • 5 Years Ago
      If this has the wrx motor and a 6 speed it will be the most desirable car under 30k. Great first look. I'm very impressed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks better than the current bland cars in the Toyota lineup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      toyota is probably going to make it fwd though.
      and that's an expensive fender bender!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car I am sure is 70% what it will really look like in the end the only things that will change is the interior, the rear bumper carbon fiber and the wheels smaller, if u compare this car to real concept car u see more of a production car that has some concept parts look, 1st look at the seatbelt alot of concept car doesnt have Seatbelts why because their not made to be in the streets or the door when open u can see the wiring of a regular car and for sure for the price of $20K will end up in to a Scion TC 2011 new model or a new Scion FT RWD
      • 5 Years Ago
      Build this Toyota.
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