Toyota G Sports FT-86 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Be still our hearts. A Toyota post that doesn't involve a recall. Instead, we've got an unsurprising report about ToMoCo's plans to start a new, in-house performance division dubbed "Gs" sometime in 2010.

Earlier this month, Toyota trotted out three models wearing a new line of performance parts at the Tokyo Auto Salon under the "Toyota G Sports" moniker. While a bodykitted Prius isn't exactly our cup of Earl Grey and the tuned Mark X is about as interesting as a fire-breathing Camry, the (supposedly) turbocharged Toyota FT-86, fitted with a complete aero kit, suspension and brake mods kicked our salivary glands into overdrive.

Unlike the forthcoming Volkswagen R line, BMW's M division or Mercedes-Benz' AMG unit, the Gs line would be a joint collaboration between Modelista – which has been developing and supplying exterior components to the automaker – and TRD, which will handle engine, suspension and brake development with the help of Gazoo, the firm that helped to create the hybrid Mk. III MR2 for TAS.

G's will focus more on high-end components developed for the street and will likely sold as either a complete model (think Toyota FT-86 Gs) or available as separate components, similar to the Lexus F Sport line.

Whether these components or full models will make it Stateside remains to be seen, but when the FT-86 makes it to U.S. shores, we'd suspect Toyota – or more likely Scion – will offer similar equipment.


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[Source: InsideLine]


2009 Smart ForTwo
Performance Brakes/Tires/Wheels
Engine 1.0-liter inline three Front Brakes 11-inch ventilated discs (ABS)
Configuration/Valvetrain SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder Rear Brakes 8-inch drums
Max Horsepower @ RPM 70 hp @ 5,800 RPM Wheels (front) 15x4.5-inches
Max Torque @ RPM 68 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM Wheels (rear) 15x5.5-inches
Drive Type Rear-wheel drive Tires (front) 155/60 R15
Transmission Five-speed automated manual Tires (rear) 175/55 R15
Fuel Injection EFI
Compression Ratio 11.4:1 Exterior Dimensions
Recommended Fuel 91 octane Length 106.1 inches
Fuel Capacity 8.7 gallons (incl. 1.3 gal reserve) Width 61.4 inches
EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy) 33/41 Height 60.7 inches
0-60 mph time (MFR est.) 12.8 seconds Wheelbase 73.5 inches
Top Speed 90 mph Curb Weight 1,808 pounds
Suspension/Steering Interior Dimensions
Front MacPherson, with anti-roll bar Maximum Seating 2
Rear DeDion axle Luggage Capacity 7.8 cu-ft
Steering Rack-and-pinion Head Room (Front/Rear) 39.7 / 0 inches
Turns Lock-to-Lock 3.4 Shoulder Room (Front/Rear) 48 / 0 inches
Turning Circle (feet) 28.7 Leg Room (Front/Rear) 41.2 / 0 inches