• Dec 22, 2009
Toyota FT-86 Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

The latest issue of EVO hasn't dropped into our laps yet, but our favorite Brit pub apparently got the scoop on another variant of the Toyota FT-86 -- one that's supposedly track tuned and considerably cheaper than the model due to arrive in 2011.

Powered by the same Subaru-sourced, Toyota-tuned boxer four, this supposedly stripped out variant could dispatch some of the standard model's amenities and come equipped with upgraded brakes and suspension components specifically designed for track work and drifting duty. According to EVO, a fully optioned FT-86 would carry a price tag of around $27,000, while this budget-oriented performance model will retail for around $22,000 -- a similar setup to the Hyundai Genesis Coupe RSpec.

EVO goes on to report that Toyota's crosstown rivals are working on a one-make race series for the Honda CR-Z and plan to campaign the hybrid hatch at the 24 hours of Nurburgring enduro in May. The more the merrier we say...



[Source: EVO via FT86Club via Jalopnik]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      oh boy, i can't wait for this car now; just the news i wanted to hear.
      I'm still riding the fence on the overall design, but love the flat four and really hope that toyota direct injection tech on this motor will give it the mileage numbers im looking for, while not completely losing low end power. Oh and i'm sure it will have a 6th gear as its almost standard these days, but one of the main reasons i hate my car now is that its only 5 gears turning close to 3400 rpm at 70mph in top gear, it is really annoying to hear your exhaust on a 4 hour trip.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised Boxer Fanatic hasn't chimed in already. Any time there's mention of scoobies, flat engines, and or Fuji related banter, he's schooling someone on the merits of the horizontally opposed engine.

      Back to the banter. It's disheartening that Toyota has foregone the "$20k" price goal of the car. There had better be a LOT more quality to equal the raise in price;

      More than the originally quoted 160PS, down from the initial goal of 200PS.
      Bigger brakes. Stiffer suspension. High quality materials. Exotic bodywork use, like Honda's use of aluminum to steel welding with the S2k.

      Give me a reason you just hiked the price, and I'm still in the game. Otherwise, if you keep raising the price, Toyota, there are more interesting options out there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha, that's funny that you say that. I actually started going through all of the comment to see if that tool posted.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like the Volt, I'll believe it when I see it running down the street.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait for it to come out. I will be in line for one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nobody except old men who remember the "glory days" of Detroit and white trash will be buying the Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger when this is released. It will crush them ALL.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, your pretty ignorant. I am a Toyota fan, but I am also a Ford fan. The Mustang's 400 hp V8 will walk all over this 4-banger. I am betting that the new 300 hp V6 Mustang will have better numbers than this Toyota as well. Dont get me wrong, I am anxiously waiting for Toyota to bring this car to the US, but this car will not be in direct competion with a Mustang. I think your analagy that "white trash" are those who buy Mustangs is obserb and that you really dont have a rational clue about the automotive world.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually the FT-86 would win anytime there was a curve in the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Back under your bridge, troll.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Racing in straight lines is for morons, anyone can do that.

        But that Mustang will be left in the dust when ever there are turns, especially since Ford is STILL too cheap to get an IRS for the Mustang. Pathetic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What a moron, the Camaro is selling quite well along with the Mustang and Challenger. I bet you think the Datsun B210 is a muscle car...
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        • 5 Years Ago
        Brian, why are you on a car enthusiast site when you cannot determine the difference between a Japanese sports car and an American muscle car? This is automobiles 101 you simple minded twit. Do you often compare SUVs to sports sedans too? I suppose you believe people cross shop Minis and Hummers based on your feeble understanding of target audience.

        They obviously both sacrifice something in order to gain another quality. The Mustang compromises gas and athletics for raw power. The FT-86 loses raw power for agile handling and better gas mileage. Is it really, really that hard? If so, please direct yourself to the nearest wood shredder and insert head first.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You have serious issues...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I feel like I need to go take an executive position at Toyota just so I can get a freaking Supra made for myself. lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like mazda needs to step up its game with its new rx-8 or rx-7 or w.e its called. heck, the pricing is competitive compared to the miata. looks like a winner. 1st exciting toyota since the mr2
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mazda would be best off making a hardtop, turbo version of the MX-5. De-content it and give it big brakes and suspension tweaks for bonus points. While I think that they sound cool, rotary engines have too many downsides to be widely successful. The extremely poor gas mileage for the amount of power and torque they produce is a huge strike against rotary engines it today's market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honestly, if all of this comes to fruition, and the car really is as good as we all hope it will be, well, it'll be a great day for drivers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep. I hope the interior makes into production as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sure wish GM would think like this. Basically, this "was" the thought process behind the original Z28. Nowadays, Chevy fanboys keep looking for a top-of-the-line model of the Camaro to be the Z28. Totally wrong train of thought IMO.
      There's a whole lot of people out there, looking for a performance-only, track-focused, no-frills car that they can mod to their taste, that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with you on this train of thought. I remember listening to some of these old car shows and how they used to be able to order the car pretty much stripped out save for the biggest motor they could fit into it by checking off a box.

        These days car companies believe that we want the most powerful car to be with leather and climate control with heated seats and a premium sound system. I don't want that what I want is a light as anything car with decent power numbers. As long as it has heat a seat and a steering wheel I'll buy it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota should do very well with that car. Very classy looking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this is the future of Toyota,I am all for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess we could not expect this to be much less than the $22,000 base price of the Genesis Coupe - though without a turbo engine, I would hope the savings there would make it is same price...which it looks to be.

      Is the engine choice set yet?
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