• May 26, 2010
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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]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      FT-86 hybrid? F*%$ you, Toyota.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hope "different design direction" isn't true..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Needs to be redesigned? This I have a hard time believing. Considering how well the concept car was recieved by the public & fans, it would be a dumb move to hold the car back so long just to "redesign" it. Toyota is just going to see how the CR-Z will sell in the US. Turning this into a hybrid would be incredibly stupid of them if it turns out that's the case. By the time this thing actually comes out, Nissan will probably have the S16 (and I have faith they know how to make it just as fans want it), Hyundai will have the next gen Genesis Coupe, and Honda might (big might here) produce some sporty car again. Oh well, it's not like Toyota will lose any market share with the sports car segiment. You have to actually have a share in the first place.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Translation. They are less than impressed by the sales figures for the CRZ and the Genesis. Toyota is projecting more financial pain and they want to cut costs. Toyota is circling the wagons these days. They are not really known for taking risks. This is seen as an expensive risk and they are worried that the economy hasn't rebounded enough to make it worth while. Given the wild ride the markets have taken recently and the credit crisis in Europe now Automakers are afraid of getting burned.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Delayed = one step closer to "cancelled"
        Redesigned = one step closer to "don't want"
        Delayed + Redesigned = not going to happen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Additionally, ToMoCo is reportedly gauging the success of the Honda CR-Z, which could influence the final drivetrain specs of the FT-86"

      Well that's got FAIL written all over it. Oh well, I was really hoping toyota would finally return to providing an enthusiast car in the ilk of the Mr2 or Supra. Oh well, beige is king!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they make it a hybrid, they will lose all of my interest. I was considering getting an FT86 after the warranty ran out on my RX-8, but I'll just keep it or look into the new rotary sports car thats rumored. I don't care about eeking out higher mileage, I care about the driving experience. Honda claims to have made a fun car with a hybrid drivetrain, but it's slow and doesn't get very high mileage. It fails somewhat at being fuel efficient and at being a sporty car. I thought the new CEO of toyota wanted to enhance the sporty image of Toyota, with rear drive and manual transmissions. A hybrid does NOT fit the same vision. Extra weight and complex engineering does not evoke the purity of driving a sports car. Any engineering to remove weight from a hybrid (as I understand the CRZ is quite light) could be used just the same in a non-hybrid car to create an even lighter car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally, I think taking time for a redesign would be a good thing. Of course it's hard to judge without having seen one in the metal, but this thing just looks odd. The front end looks awkward. A high performance coupe design should be either sleek or powerful. This one is neither
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota: Sorry guys, but a nice-looking, cheap, and fun Toyota? We can't make that yet. If we do who's gonna make the beige cars huh?
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol.. toyota is so worried they're gonna screw this up and try to make everyone happy they're going to come out with a product like the CR-Z so it's gonna be a FAIL.

      better off test driving a 2011 Mustang GT than waiting for this thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "gauging the success of the Honda CR-Z" needs to be changed to "gauging the failure of the Honda CR-Z
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought the reason this car was created was because younger Japanese weren't interested in Toyotas and weren't buying them. This was supposed to be a low price sports car that would appeal to the Japanese youth and initially they seemed to have got it dead right. Now they appear to have forgotten the original purpose of the car and want to turn it into another boring Toyota.

      If they really do make this a front wheel drive hybrid then someone really does need firing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honestly the company as a whole could do with a good round a firings. Everyone in their styling department for starters, and who ever has been in charge of quality control for the last couple of years. The FT-86 is by far the best looking car Toyota has drawn up since the 2nd generation MR2. Even with that thought its still god awful looking compared to cars like the Genesis. The FT-86 is just a mess of weird angles with a too abrupt tail for how long the nose is. I seriously doubt Toyota will be able to get this to market in a form that enthusiasts will like if this rumor is true. Stick with the original plan, light weight, RWD, low price and this thing will probably sell. Just please keep hybrid components as far away from this as possible. Otherwise it will be just another Toyota, no soul, no desirability beyond resale value and perceived reliability.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even more reason I am glad I did not wait. Still enjoying my Genesis Coupe 2.0 turbo.

      I am still afraid this thing is vaporware, and won't actually make it into production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this dampers the release of the Subaru variant..... that's gonna suck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My reply to Toyota is this, "F U Toyota, I will buy one now!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was so looking forward to the Subaru version, screw them! I'll buy something else in a year or so when I'm looking for a new car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Any delay can be the time for Subaru to develop its MLP-equivalent transmission, allowing the use of AWD in the FT-86 platform and the reduction of huge front overhangs of its lineup´s next-gen models. Just look at what Audi did and make something similar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And....... what about the Subaru version? Is that postponed too ?
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