• Feb 9, 2010

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

We're used to seeing Digg boosting our stories, but once in a while the popular user-voted news site generates some original content of its own. This time, a Digg correspondent got 30 minutes of camera time with Jim Lentz, who, as President and COO of Toyota Motor Sales USA, very well might be the busiest man in America right now. Lentz fielded a series of questions – mostly related to the recall – submitted by users and voted (or Dugg) into the list. But one of them had little to do with the recall at all; it had to do with sportscars.

The question was whether Toyota had any plans, after years without any real sportscar offerings in North America, to bring back the Supra or offer a new affordable sportscar. Lentz's answer, as you can see in the video segment after the jump, was enlightening. The short of it was that the Supra won't be brought back to these shores, but the FT-86 will.

From that we can surmise a few things. First of all, the final production version of the concept will not be called the Supra. Secondly, the FT-86 – or whatever it's called when it comes to market – will be considerably more affordable than the Supra was. And finally, the FT-86 will be coming to North America. So there you have it. But don't take our word for it – we've posted the pertinent excerpt after the jump, along with the full 28-minute video below it.



[Source: Digg via FT86club.com]
Segment dealing with FT-86:


Entire Interview:


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet a lot of people are cross shopping the almost 400k LFA against the 20k FT-86.



      FT-86 will be underpowered and over weight
        • 4 Years Ago
        under-powered is quite possible, if they are limiting output to 160hp, as previous rumors have indicated they might...

        If it is turbocharged, optionally, then it likely won't be under powered.

        But over-weight... we'll see. Rumor was that it would be 2800lbs or less.

        I just want to see the production version of this car... and more importantly, the SUBARU VERSION!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ten years ago, cars of this class didn't even really exist. I remember when my Acura RSX was released it was hailed as the most powerful FWD vehicle ever, with 200 hp, and the best bang for the buck available. It held those crowns for a very short while until the MazdaSpeed 3 was released, the Subaru WRX came to America, and the 2005 Mustang GT could be had. Suddenly, everyone could buy a 300 hp-ish car for under $30k.

        It wasn't but around 30 years ago that Lamborghini's and Ferrari's were truly astonishing because they could accelerate to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds. Now, any teenager can get a lease deal on a 412 hp Mustang GT that hits sixty in under 5 seconds, which was supercar territory a mere 15 years ago.

        I have very much outgrown my RSX and am eager to get into something with new challenges and entertainment. I thought the 370Z was an amazing deal! 330 hp, 3300 pounds, and $30k (and auto-revmatching for when my wife drives). Now, I can get 412 hp in the same weight from a Mustang GT for under that price point! And the GT can still almost pull 1 g on the skidpad like the 370Z does! Ferrari's and Porsche's pull 1 g on skidpads, that's mythical stuff!

        Who cares about these Scions, Golfs, and Hyundai's? Sure, it will give another generation of kids a start in a safe, entertaining and economical vehicle. But aside from that, $10k more is not exactly a change in social-economic class. Unless this FT-86 has the power/weight better than a Miata, it's not interesting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now the next question is.... will it actually come out anytime soon :
      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally a Toyota with some personality.

      I say they should just call it the FT-86. Anyone who cares about this car already calls it that, and if it's not going to be the Supra then they'd probably have to make up a silly name for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        its deff the new Celica
        • 4 Years Ago
        True. They might have to call it something else to do away with the FWD reputation Celicas ended up getting near the end. People have forgotten the legendary Celicas of old.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would much rather drive a Supra than a Fart-Eighty-Six. Why don't they give cars names any more?
        • 4 Years Ago
        FT-86 is the engineering project designation, not the official name. Likely it will be Celica. It is derived from the FT-HS concept car, and the AE86 generation of the Corolla, in the 80s, when it was RWD.

        It won't be a Supra, it isn't equipped as such. I doubt it will be called Corolla, either, but it is possible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've heard from 2 reliable sources that the FT-86 at some point will have the STI motor and is scheduled to be th 2011 Corolla XRS. Lets keep our fingers crossed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota's gonna have to pull out all the stops. This is a execellent start.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ehh, toyota shouldn't be pulling out any more stops.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. This is the first good looking Toyota I've seen since...well...ever.

        If Toyota can make cars with soul (like the uber expensive LFA and the gorgeous FT86) my opinions about Toyota may (slowly) being to change.

        Hopefully the car will perform as sharp as it looks!
        • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope it'll drive like if not better then the AE86. who knows maybe more initial D might come out. hopefully it'll have a proper manual transmission rather than those dual clutch ones. kinda bummed theres no supra but I kinda knew that already. I was hoping 4 a GTR vs. Supra battle again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FINALLYYYYYYYYYYYYY
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG! Perfect dash...almost. No giant touchscreen. Just a few buttons. Just the basics! Hopefully the concept interior will stay exactly the same! Incredible. I'm excited already.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i love the interior, espicially the floors

        carpet in cars is and always was a terrible idea
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder if it will be able to stop....
        • 4 Years Ago
        HA! That made me LTMS... I voted you up...
      • 4 Years Ago
      When you've run out of pointless Toyota bashing, start making fun of cars that don't even exist yet. TOOL!!!!

      BTW, I read this might be sold as a Toyota in Japan, but a Subaru in the US, so I guess as long as a different badge is on the front, it will be just fine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can quote me on this, but the FT-86 will single handedly start to pull Toyota out of the financial slump that they created for themselves with this pedal and brake issue.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota will be in trouble for many years to come. Watch the value of their used cars tumble. Once the resale value of their cars tumble (Mitsubishi) folks will be more reluctant to buy the new ones. Say what you will, this $hit storm is not going to just blow over.

        They may have to pull a Datsun, and change the name of the company.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i highly doubt that. it is not like little sports coupes really matter to most people.
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