• Apr 21, 2010
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Toyota touts its hotly anticipated FT-86 coupe as a quick, light and attractive sports car for the masses. One of its strongest selling points is a price tag that reportedly hovering somewhere around $20,000 in base form, making the rear-drive coupe an affordable option for cash-strapped enthusiasts.

However, a report from Autocar claims that higher than expected development costs could derail any dreams of a good looking, inexpensive FT-86. The British site sites unnamed Toyota sources as saying that the base price of the little coupe has shot from £13,000 ($20,000 in U.S. funds) to £15,000 ($23,000 U.S.), with a range-topper coming in at £17,000 ($26,000 U.S.). Further, Autocar reports that Toyota sports vehicle department head Tetsuya Tada says that the company has increased the targeted FT-86 age group has been bumped by a full 10 years from the 30s to the 40s.

If the report turns out to be true, we're sure there will be more than a few disappointed enthusiasts out there. But if Toyota still delivers on the attractive, lightweight, rear driver, we're sure we can find it in our hearts to forgive an extra few thousand green-backs.




[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      not too worried abt the price, jez hope they wont give that added weight rubbish like electric seats sun roof in the name of targetting age group of 40
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The FT-86 development team is also planning on reducing fuel consumption from the Subaru boxer engine (instead of increasing power)."


      DAMN IT!!!

      I knew it was bound to happen eventually...the Prius driving eco-greenies over at Toyota are starting to infect this project.

      Reduced fuel consumption probably means no factory FI (at least initially) and no high revving NA 200hp+ engine either.

      I'm going to hold out for official specs from Toyota before I really start to rage but I'm not liking this new direction they appear to be headed in. Hopefully the Subaru version stays true to the original concept and doesn't get morphed into some bastardized RWD Prius coupe wannabe.

      If Toyota wants to build a RWD competitor to the Honda CR-Z that's fine just don't screw up my FT-86.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota tends to let TRD handle the FI duties instead of putting it on at the factory but the boosted option is usually available fairly early after launch and is generally OEM quality. Of course install costs are annoying but still.
        Personally I see this as a good sign since it means that they plan on selling a whole buttload of these (thus have to tweak the fuel economy since it'll affect their fleet numbers)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Satn: being cheap and smart are two different things. Bragging about your love for economy cars in a car enthusiast blog shows which category you fall into...
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Reduced fuel consumption probably means no factory FI". How do you figure that part?
        I would like to know your logic. Doesn't the Ford SHO Ecoboost "give you more power for same fuel economy." Remember the NA versus turbo Solstice and Sky, which ones gave you better fuel economy?
        I really would like to know where you get your facts from. Also, the Subaru engines are not DI. Going with direct injection increases power and raises mileage..... You know, look at every manufacturer's EPA numbers for a model that switched to DI. Another alternative would be smaller displacement DI and FI. Even at same power level you would get two things, better F/R weight distribution (smaller engine should weight less) and better power curve (no torque curve, but a torque mesa!).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then again, some of us are smart enough to know that good fuel economy is not only good for the planet but also good for our budgets.

        Also we're not stupid enough not to race on public streets or buy cars as though you think you will race on public streets.


        But keep going with that moronic "moar power = good, moarer power = gooder" idiocy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a let down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota better not messed this up, Mainly design wise I do not want to see another generic Toyota since I've heard the Ft-86 is being redesigned from the concept seen above..

      • 4 Years Ago
      It better be VERY lightweight for $23/26K

      ..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unfortunately if the new emphasis is eco-friendly reduced fuel consumption then we more than likely will not see a turbo charged version of this car at launch. Plus the spread from 23k to a fully loaded 26k model doesn't seem like it would include a high power turbo option. Maybe if we're lucky there will be a 160hp eco version and a NA 200hp version similar to the old celica range.

        Even with a NA 200hp engine the 2700lb coupe will have a lot of competition packing more bang for your buck at that price range. This thing better handle like a go kart and be the most fun driving experience ever if it wants to be anything but irrelevant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you look at the numbers like that it doesn't sound so great but if you compare it against something like the Civic EX Coupe then it looks a lot nicer. At any rate the $26K is supposed to be totally loaded so I don't see why we should quote that number. And this is with crazy UK VAT and taxes anyway.
        I am also certain that the boxer motor will be a great engine to boost.
        • 4 Years Ago
        this thing is only interesting if its sub 2800 lbs

        when it comes down to it, the high rpm 4cyl is just not a very practical engine. it produces its power only at high rpm at terrible efficiency. there will not be another b20, probably not anything like the k20 again after they are gone. there are more efficient ways of hitting their power numbers
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK, nobody knows the weight, so I'll venture a guess: 2800# / lets hear yours......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota FT-86 Fan Demographics Poll - How old is the FT-86 Target Market? http://bit.ly/9H0fgG
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honestly, this doesn't really surprise me; it puts the price pretty much in-line with the 4 cylinder Genesis Coupe. Though I do find it a bit unfortunate, this seemed to be a nice option for the 20-30 demographic, especially since we really don't have a hot hatch market to speak of here in the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, massive typo, im actually quite disappointed. When you reference material, its called "citing", not "siting". I would expect more out of journalists...
        • 4 Years Ago
        automobile + blogger = autoblog
        blogger...
        blogger =/= journalist
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, massive typo, im actually quite disappointed. When you reference material, its called "citing", not "siting". I would expect more out of journalists...

        You might want to proofread your comment there before posting as well.

        I would expect more out of internet commenters criticizing journalists...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is there a 'journalist' anywhere in the world who knows what this new 'performance' car weighs? Bruce
      • 4 Years Ago
      40?s as the targeted range? Maybe they have been in the office too long. Those wheels say anything but 40, more like 20. And, what about the styling? People already complain that the Sonata is "too stylish" wonder what they will say about this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not that the Sonata is "too" stylish...it's too melted and incongruent. The FT is clean and hot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So this is targeted at Toyota buyers in their forties? Sorry, but it doesn't look enough like a refrigerator for that. Maybe it's the mid-life crisis sub segment of that demographic they're after?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do we have power and weight estimates on this yet? Last I heard it was going to have less than 200 hp. If it light enough that could still be a good deal. I know my Genesis Coupe could go on a diet, but it does not feel as heavy as it is (but it is far from the nimbleness of the first generation Miata I had (94 Laguna Blue R-Package)).
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