- May 26, 2010
Report: Toyota FT-86 delayed until 2013, hybrid under consideration
Toyota FT-86 Concept – Click above for high-res image galllery
If a report from Japan's Best Car is to be believed, Toyota will delay the release of the FT-86 from 2011 to 2013.
The reasons behind the delay are varied, and include a different design direction, the economic slowdown and possibly a revised powertrain strategy that could include some kind of hybrid motivation.
As reported previously, the original FT-86 concept was just that – a design study – and Toyota is apparently second-guessing the styling of the coupe before it reaches production. Additionally, ToMoCo is reportedly gauging the success of the Honda CR-Z, which could influence the final drivetrain specs of the FT-86. If that means a hybrid powerplant is in the cards, we're not totally heartbroken, but if Toyota decides to remake the coupe as a front-driver, consider our dreams officially dashed. Regardless, the next iteration of the FT-86 is slated to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of 2011.
[Source: Best Car via 7Tune]