• Jun 16, 2010
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It's been awhile since we've heard anything on the tasty little Toyota FT-86 Concept, but it looks like we may finally have an idea of what the car will be called when it hits showrooms. If the rumors buzzing around the Toyobaru forums are to be believed, the Japanese manufacturer won't resurrect any of its fabled names from the company's past. Instead, it's possible that the sportscar may carry an FR-S badge. Toyota just filed a trademark application for the name, so there's a good chance that this particular internet whisper may have some meat to it.

We haven't completely decided where we stand on the FR-S name, partly because we had become so accustomed to calling the front-engine, rear-wheel drive heathen the FT-86. In the end, though, we don't really care what's on the car's badges so long as it makes it to production as an affordable, strong-performing coupe. Toyota could use something with a pulse in a big way, and a spiritual successor to the AE-86 Corolla would be just the ticket. Top tip, Mark!



[Source: Toyobaru.net]


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      Wiley E. Coyoté
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not Supra? Because Supra's have a big muscular Straight Six- NOT a weak little boxer that as far as I can tell doesn't even come with a stock turbo (if it does, that's just SAD because my subaru 2.0 from 02 puts out 20 more horsepower STOCK) and has... wait for it... *150* pounds of torque. If you even mention the Supra in the same sentence as this little wannabe-celica-scion... you are not worthy of owning a Supra! My 1986 N/A Supra was damn slow and it still had more power than this thing, to consider this the evolution of the MK4 is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a modern-day Celica.

      I don't know why they wouldn't want to use that well-known name. The last one might have been quite forgettable, but it wasn't that bad. And it's not like they used that moniker on a string of craptacular cars like so many Detroit nameplates that have been tarnished forever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The last "news" items have indicated that it will have a different look, higher price, new drivetrain (hybrid), later start date, and now... a new name. So, why are we still talking about the imaginary "FT-86"?
        • 4 Years Ago
        These reasons are exactly why I have lost all but a shred of interest in this project, whatever it continues to be called.

        I was un-impressed with the concept's hodge-podge styling and huge gaping under-bite and goofy c-pillar roof line, and hoping for better styling.

        If the tC's update is any indication, Toyota's styling isn't going in a better direction.

        Not a single tid-bit of information is confirmed about the Subaru version, like how closely or differently it will be equipped or styled.

        Cars like Genesis Coupe will be going on their re-fresh schedules before these cars even break on the market.

        This is getting to be a convoluted mess, and reeks of committee-think mentality and an utter lack of focus on a purposeful goal.

        I want an AWD sport coupe... but if this is going to be par for the course... I am not so sure that this will turn out acceptably well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing is going to suck so bad....sounds like its going to compete with Hondas new CR-Z. It will hardly be a "sports car".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Since you've obviously already driven it, please write up a review. I'd love to read it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Celica name would be cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whatever it's called, keep the mechanicals and the styling and bring it soon!
      • 4 Years Ago
      who cares about the name, just get this dang car to production already. Yea we know you guys are cool, you created a mega TECHNOLOGICAL MASTERPIECE Blaahha that costs 400,000$ and cant even beat a Porsche sedan. Really, that money should of been invested for a more proper sports car for everyone to love and own.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is a concept. production version will be vanilafied as usual. just look at CT concept and CT production model.

      • 4 Years Ago
      While FR-S is not an inspiring name, it is not that bad. Quite a departure from the current Toyota-brand naming, of course. The real issue is what it will actually be. The concept styling is supposedly killed for the production model, so that is a major unknown at this point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yup, what it will be and how it'll compare to competitors. I'd love to see toyota do a -s thing (like the whole VW R business or occasional civic si stuff) but I doubt it'll be more than a solara replacement when it reaches showrooms.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tyronnezx - oh man you really need to get out of the basement. saying it should be sporty (positive) but toyota will most likely make it a solara replacement (understood by all) should necessitate trolling? bwahahaha. Do go outside.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Front-engined Rear-drive Sports(car)...not really confusing at all and pretty much the same naming system as the MR-S.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FR refers to the drivetrain layout (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automobile_layout#Rear_wheel_drive_layouts)

        S = Sport

        It's a great, positively geeky name.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @sugaki

        Damn right, I have tofu to deliver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder how the FuRS will look next to the TuRDs on the Toyota lot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But I thought the 'S' in MR-S stood for Spyder.

        Anyways, I think they should've gone with AE11. I think that would have drawn more of the target demographic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @sw

        +1

        Initial D reference ftw.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Tourian

        I never thought of that. It makes sense now!
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about a really great sports car without all the cool-guy styling cues?

      Designers really need to get out of the car designing business. They do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not SUPRA?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think a model name needs to have the same drive wheels throughout all time.

      Why not Celica? That is a more recognizable name with some good equity with the general population.
        AnonymousK
        • 4 Years Ago
        They should really name it "Celica". This car somehow resembles the Celicas of the past, and they did have a FR drivetrain, minus the last 3 generations. One thing that would scratch that Idea would be the fact that the Scion Tc is its main replacement since they killed the Celica in the mid 00s. Gives Toyota something to debate about for sure...
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