• Jul 26, 2010
Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to Adam Zillin at 7tune, Toyota recently held at shindig in Japan for select scribes in order to get some things straight about its Toyota G's performance vehicles. Naturally, talk quickly turned to the FT-86 (or FR-S) Although it was reported two months ago that the much-anticipated sports coupe would be delayed until 2013 for design and powerplant reasons, the Toyota engineers at the event reportedly attested that "the car is on schedule" and still has a planned release date of November 2011.

Clarity on the lineup was offered as well: Three spec levels will be available with at least two engines, and the mid-range model is expected to run around 2.5 million yen ($28,500 USD). Further, it appears that a turbocharged variant will take the top slot. According to 7Tune, none of those engines will be a hybrid – that tech is being reserved for a different sporty product.

If there's any news from the event that makes us as excited as word that we might see the car next year, it's the head of the sports division saying that "because of Toyota's connection with Subaru, there was no way that the car wasn't going to be great." We hope he knows what he's talking about. Top tip, Adam!



[Source: 7Tune]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Much more interested in the Subaru version... which better come with AWD and a boxer engine.
      There has been little word about that car lately. :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, Subaru has already stated it will not be adding AWD to it.

        They said they "hope their fans would forgive them if they made this one model with RWD".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry but..

        RWD > AWD. I HATE AWD cars... too easy to drive and no fun IMO. I've owned two Subaru's.


        And you say a "boxer" engine.. explain to me whats so good about a boxer engine ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @miketim1

        If you're just talking about a track car, then yes. But RWD cars are notorious for being terrible in snow, and it's tough to beat Subaru's AWD system as far as durability goes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota... this.. is.. AWESOME. I have a spot saved in my garage for the day you make sport cars again :) Not that nothing is wrong with your current products but I was a stick and RWD toyota again.


      This car looks great btw.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whatever the price this car is spanking hot. Please bring back the days of the supra.
      I also hope that they step up the design of the interior.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At $28k this car doesn't look to have a bright future...Granted, we don't know all that much about final facts/figures but that segment is packed w/ good deals and great cars.

      This thing could be an also-ran unless they knock $5k off that sticker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If there are three versions and the middle one is $28,000 base price they are going to have a hard time justifying that if the bottom tier is only $21,000 and the mid tier isn't even the turbocharged one... If this report is true, its probably going to be like $25,000/$28,000/$33,000 which is really pushing it price wise. They need to lower the price and sell some units to change their image. If they try to enter a stripped out car at that price segment they are going to get their asses handed to them. Thats Genesis 3.8, 370Z, and Stang GT price territory...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The base/track version is said to be $21k.
        • 4 Years Ago
        $28k isn't a bad price so long as we're talking about a sub-3000lb rear wheel drive sports car with a 300hp turbocharged boxer engine under the hood. A WRX is $28k with a few options added, EVO or STi are mid 30's, BMW 135i is pushing $40k, and a $370z will run you at least $30k. So it's right in the ballpark.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This car isn't meant to compete with the Genesis Coupe or Mustang GT. It's a "sports" car, not a "pony" car. There is a huge difference.

        If they can bring a stripped model to compete with the MX-5 and a higher-trim to compete with the 370Z, that will be a *huge* success for this model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As luck would have it I have driven both and I completely get what you're saying...but because they're different (by a margin) doesn't mean they're both not in the same category.

        Corvette and Porsche 911 are drastically different but they're both sports cars. Just like Z and Genesis....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Drive a Genesis coupe and then drive a 370Z, and then tell me they're in the same class. The 370Z has a tighter steering feel, less body roll, provides more feedback through the steering wheel and the pedals, and has an infinitely better transmission. After driving a 370Z, I wouldn't even consider the Genesis coupe, because I'm looking for a true sports car, not whatever you want to call the Genesis.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car wont get any WRX power its bringing back the popularity of the supra and mr2.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not based on shortened WRX's chasis, but it gets its very all-new chasis from co-developing between Subaru and Toyota. It also gets boxer 4 tech(Subaru) + D-4S(Toyota). The reason they want to put boxer in this car because they want this car to be a LCG like a race car.

        Neither Toyota or Subaru release spec of this car, so we have to wait for official spec. However, you can see the concept's spec later this year in GT5.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup


        This car is all Toyota. Coming back from the days of the AE86 rolla.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Right, cuz nothing holds the spirit of the AE86 like a $28k price-tag..

      Seriously though, this car is starting to become a Z fighter which wasn't what I hoped it to be. Yes it was very predictable because it seems only Mazda (Miata) & Hyundai (Genesis Coupe) has the balls to produce a near $20k sports car, but Toyota, do you really want to fight near $30k? With the Mustang, Genesis, Z, Evo, STi, Camaro (for a few folks), and some predicted models coming up, such as the 914-ish Porsche and successor for the S2000 (if Honda isn't completely dead), does Toyota really think the FT-86 is superior? This once great idea is starting to look like what Honda did to "bring back" the CRX; complete failure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they can manage to keep the weight around 2700 on the turbo model, I think it could honestly be an interesting alternative to the porky 30-40k sports/pony segment. Sure, it would be a slight bit down on power, but 500 pounds is a huge difference. Maybe they're picking the brains of certain people at Lotus?

        If that's the case, isn't it going to be what we've all been asking for? Turbo power, low weight?

        Hopefully for the rest of us the base/track version will come in at a nice low sticker that can go toe to toe price-wise and dynamically with a Miata without looking like, well, a Miata.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thank you, exactly what I am trying to say. I don't want to see this thing trying to compete from the factory with the bigger boys. Give us a good canvas and let the tuners have fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just hope this car can take 64c temperature. i used to own a 1998 supra and the engine failed when the weather temp hit 60c.
        • 4 Years Ago
        60 degrees Calsius is 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Where on earth do you live that it gets to be 140 degrees Fahrenheit?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know right?

        It would be an absolute failure if it can't sustain +60 oC temperatures. All too often i'm driving on the surface of Mercury and my Camry breaks down or worse yet melts into a puddle of molten metal, what a rip off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why would this get the green light when days ago the head of Toyota said he'd love to have the Supra brought back but that it wasn't going to happen?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, it may not be a Supra replacement in that it won't be competing with the new GT-R, but this thing will need 300 hp, and less than 3300 lb curb weight, and either some 1g skidpad numbers or some sort of interesting suspension or gearbox to be worth looking at in the $28k market, which is, thankfully, getting crowded.

        You've got the 420 hp 5-O, the 370Z, the V6 GenC in that category, and $28k is not going to undercut the Hyundai's bare-bones value proposition. 370Z has the "cool tech" with their transmission. And Ford has wholesome, tire-shreading fun already taken care of.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It only weights 2,700lbs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        man..

        i dont think even toyota them self could replace the awesome supra.. One thing for sure it wont be a thing like the old one if its not twin turbo or NA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The obvious reason they would greenlight the FT86/FR-S over the Supra is simple. If you walk into a Toyota dealership you could either buy yourself a Camry or for similar money buy a sub-3,000lb RWD FT86 with a boxer engine.

        The turbocharged Supra cost close to $40k when it was discontinued. For the return of their sporty-side it'd be preferable to release a vehicle that can reach the most possible consumers.

        If in the future Toyota wanted to revive the Supra, they could stick in a Subaru flat-6 engine in this FT86 RWD chassis (possibly turbocharge it), and release it with a new design. 400-500hp should be easy turbocharged. It would take them minimal investment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        this this is way more expensive/complicated/heavy than i was hoping

        not really interested if its going to be that expensive
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank you jonnyj.

      $22k doesn't sound bad. And 2700lbs isn't too bad either considering current "Cocoon" crash laws.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank goodness the hybrid rumors were false! Now just keep the thing light and cheap. Common Toyota, you can do it. You want my money or not? ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yesssssss I am excite!

      I'm interested to see what powertrains this comes with, too. If they are thinking of having a turbo model, could it be the STi powerplant? We can only hope so!

      With the only direct competitor to this car being the 370Z (Maybe the MX-5?), Toyota has their work cut out for them. Let's hope they can deliver.
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