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Toyota FT-86 Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

When the Toyota FT-86 concept was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, we were surprised and delighted at the prospect of an attractive, rear-wheel-drive 2+2 with a $20,000 price tag. Could we just as excited for a $25,000 RWD Scion? We may not have a choice.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Toyota management told dealers in Las Vegas there will be a production version of the FT-86 badged as a Scion model. The move would help bolster the struggling brand, which has been a bit product-starved of late. There are also rumors of a new price point – as high as $25,000 – and the possibility that the Subaru version will only be available in Europe.

While the report claims the FT-86 will be badged as a Scion, there is no definitive word there won't be a Toyota variant as well. We're sure to learn more this auto show season, as reports show that the production FT-86 could arrive at the New York Auto Show in 2011.

Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

[Sources: Wall Street Journal - sub. req., Toyobaru.net]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I really the only one here who thinks this car is hideous? I know this is a concept, but the inverse hood bulge and strange headlight vents are awful. And why do the taillights stretch across the trunk? I like the Elise-like interior, but it will never look that good inside as a production car, especially as a Scion
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess it's just you two.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have been unimpressed by this car's design language since the day it appeared. the FT-HS was slightly better, but not quite right, either, even before the FT-86.

        I am not a fan of the helmet-visor look with blacked out A-pillars, and the floating roofline that is only attached at the C-pillar.

        The fenders, hood, and the surfacing of the bodywork in general is not graceful, but rather awkward.

        Usually, I get lambasted for saying this car is not attractive. A fixed roof coupe should be gorgeous, otherwise why not get something more utilitarian if one doesn't care about aesthetics?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't care if it's badged as a Daihatsu as long as they make it and it's RWD - and not overly complicated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never understood the Scion brand, IMO it's pointless. Just make it a Toyota and give Toyota something someone under the age of 30 would buy new.
      • 4 Years Ago


      • 4 Years Ago
      $22,000 300hp V6 Mustang makes a $25,000 sub-200hp Toyota look like a ****ing joke. Go for the $26,000 V6 Premium Mustang and you're looking at leather, SYNC, 8-speaker satellite stereo, and so forth, along with that 30mpg 300hp engine.

      $20,000 is what the FT86 should be shooting for, anything else would be silly. Even the Genesis 2.0 R Spec can be had for $23,000.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem is that without the performance package the entry level V6 Mustang drives like complete, unmitigated, unapologetic garbage. With it, the stang drives just okay.

        Still, probably couldn't keep up with the FT in the twisties...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would still take the Toyota.

        I can always find a stang 2nd hand
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, good point. Except i don't want a FREAKIN' MUSTANG!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        what about the Lotus Elise then?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally a cool Scion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wtf? we don't have Scion in my country? I was waitting so bad for the ft86 and now its comming as a Scion?
      Price is totally right, but guess I'd have to wait for the subaru variant since we don't have Scion brand where I live :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe it will be badged as a Toyota in other countries. Most Scions are rebadged JDM Toyotas, after all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here we go again getting screwed in the US car market. As much as I'm looking forward to the Toyota/Scion FT-86 version i was looking forward to the Subaru version 100 times as much. Why do we continuously get screwed like this? It's freakin' bull and I'm sick of it.

      What happened to the 3 different trim versions? One starting around $19Gs and ending at this apparent $25Gs starting point for Scion. Trying to sell a Scion at $25Gs even for such a nice car is just in my opinion a mistake.

      Toyota and Honda have gone FREAKIN' MAD!!! When will this STOP?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota have plenty of product they could rebadge as Scion but they choose to be stupid and do nothing for the brand.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather have the Subaru kthxbye.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Subaru for eu only?

      ... Doubt that
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seemed to me that the purpose of this car was to inject some excitement into the Toyota name. It makes sense to have a product that is aimed at younger buyers to be placed under the scion brand, but at the same time Toyota is trying to target younger buyers for its line as well. There's probably some conflict going on at Toyota HQ right now...

      I am not really a Toyota fan but I applaud them for bringing a car with a sporty character over here. Maybe this will force out some competitors (Maybe a smaller Nissan Z?) Try to keep the price at $20k though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Since the middle class is evaporating, you can now only design cars that the wealthy can afford or the poor can afford (used). It's too hard to make a sporty car around 20k now, because the people who want it can only afford an 8k used car, and the people that can afford it have enough money for a 30k Nissan 370Z.
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