Toyota has released a new teaser for the company's upcoming FT-86 that gives us all a glimpse into the vehicle's design process. The quick spot depicts designers as they slave over both exterior and interior details by choosing wheel and material options for the two-door sports coupe. We're guessing the same level of attention to detail went into crafting its North-American-bound twin, the Scion FR-S. The video also gives us a quick glance under the hood, where we see a very familiar-looking naturally aspirated 2.0-liter boxer engine.

A fairly stout strut-tower brace is also clearly visible in the ad, though it looks as if Toyota has kept the vehicle's battery under the hood instead of kicking it to the rear of the vehicle for slightly better weight balance. It's also worth noting just how low the Subaru flat-four sits in the engine bay of the FT-86. The top of the engine sits well below the strut towers, making for what looks to be a decidedly low center of gravity. While you're waiting for this car to debut at next week's Tokyo Motor Show, hit the jump to check out the video for yourself.



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      JasonERF
      • 3 Years Ago
      For all the Beige-bashing I do, I really hope this car rocks. Beige needs it. It looks so promising!
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Enough with the teasers already. I've seen enough of all the concepts, prototypes, teasers, sketches, body parts,etc etc. Just show the damn car already!
      SpecB-56
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car has the same shift knob and reverse lock disk as an STI or Legacy Spec.B.
        Jive
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpecB-56
        Yes. But the Reverse is on the upper left.
      emacemacii
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like this car.
      bchreng
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's going to be interesting to see how this compares to a similarly-priced GenCoupe. Since it'll be released here in the US as a Scion, we're going to be paying sticker price (my est. 25k) + TTL which will bring it up to around 27k which puts it in the same territory as a Gencoupe 3.8 R-Spec model. (assuming you can haggle that model down to sticker which isn't that difficult to do)
        Rich M.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bchreng
        there will be people that will compare this to a genesis-c but i think very-very few. hyundai had the right idea, affordable rwd coupe, but what killed the genesis-c was the weight. also, more people cross shop the genesis with a mustang but you would think the z since they're both asian brands but reports say different. length wise this will be 6" longer than a S2000 and 6" shorter than a cayman and very low. i don't know off the top of my head how long or tall the genesis-c is but stand each car side by side the genesis will look like a dodge challenger. also once they drive the fr-s and genesis the similarities of a 2 door rwd coupe will be out the window. when i drive my S and 987 i feel a weight difference but i feel more of a difference when i drove the genesis and the new z.
      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a very cool ad.
      Ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      I assume it will bow as a Toyota in Japan and a Scion in NA?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      jamiescale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota is painting itself as a company that just takes wayyy too long to develop and release product. LFA took what, 10 years...Then they charged an insane amount of $ for it and its hardly perfect (easily bested by the GT-R). This thing seems to be in incubation forever...which is fine except they keep reminding us that we can't have it yet over and over again...concept car after concept car...teaser after teaser. Enough already Toyota!
        Tolitz Rosel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        thing's been in development for just over 3 years, which is relatively normal for concept-to-production cars... and it's gonna be out next year... enough with the exaggeration dude...
        Temple
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        Its actually been only two years since they showed it. As the first concept was shown at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, and I guess the production version will be shown at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/21/toyota-ft-86-concept-tokyo-2009/ 2 Years. Long? Seriously this has to be the most idiotic complaint. That's not even half a model cycle. Both the Camaro and Volt took much longer between their concept state to their production, not to mention a lot of other cars. Complaining that a brand-new clean-sheet RWD sports car took 2 years from its concept to production state is utterly ridiculous. Its just another excuse to hate.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        • 3 Years Ago
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        Tolitz Rosel
        • 3 Years Ago
        give it 1000 HP and call it a Veyron... what's your point again?
        fivesix7eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        Leave it as it is and call it a reincarnated AE-86 Corolla Trueno/Levin
      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      What do those toys cars and the toyobaru have in common? No power. This thing is going to be embarrassed by used S2000s.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
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        monobloc_6piston
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
        "im pretty sure toyota is sticking to an affordable, lightweight, easy to drive, rwd sports coupe just like the ae-86". I totally agree. A cr*p ton of HP doesn't necessarily a make a sports car (miata). Plus, this car will be marketed under the Scion brand a brand that is synonymous with speeding tickets and high insurance rates due to the younger buyers who buy it - having it come with a factory turbo or supercharger only increases those premiums although my S2k's insurance was higher than an Evo or STi (in LA).
        TheStagg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
        im pretty sure toyota is sticking to an affordable, lightweight, easy to drive, rwd sports coupe just like the ae-86 .. leave the power to aftermarket companies ..
        Andrew Nicolaou
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
        Used S2000s are embarrassed by my 2zz MR-S... whats your point?
          ChrisD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andrew Nicolaou
          Stock =/= Modded Embarrassed in what? Is there any racing organizations where you can race an 2ZZ powered MR-S and still be competitive? If you wanna throw engine swaps into the equation, you can have FD RX-7 with a LSx V8 and be quicker than almost everything on the street and still be cheaper than a MR-S, but why? Official race wins are so much better than street bragging rights. Engine swaps are cool and all but are never competitive within the class rules for where they are raced at. Everybody buys a car to serve a purpose. Most S2K owners likely won't care if your engine swapped lightweight car is faster than theirs, and why should they? And to clear things up: Weight: MR-S weighs several hundred pounds less than a S2k, the biggest and only advantage the MR-S has over the S2k. Layout: Sure mid engine is preferred than a front-mid setup, but the advantage is quite slim today. Engine: F20C or F22C is a better engine than the 2ZZ-GE and obviously the 1ZZ-FE, no doubt about it. Suspension: S2k's double wishbones are a lot better than the MR-S' Macpherson struts on all four corners. Looks: Really subjective here but most would say the S2K looks better, many people would feel sexually insecure inside a MR-S. Sales: S2k sold a lot better even though it costed a bit more. I have nothing against the MR-S, I own a MKII MR2 myself. I just don't like it when people make ignorant statements and say one thing is better than the other without saying why or have any objective information. But regardless, I like the FR-S/BRZ because well, I like driver's cars, which we need more of.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Teaser" footage? Do these morons at the auto companies think it is cool to "tease" grown adults? Or to treat their potential customers like they are morons who can be manipulated like a child who wants candy so badly they throw a tantrum? It's insulting and reveals how little they actually think of their customers. I am not interested in their teasers. The marketing morons need to grow a brain.
        mostchillininsc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Man, Hagibis -- you're certainly taking some of the FR-S comments a little too personal. Great if you have your money ready for one but everyone is entitled to their opinion. And frankly, I think opinions are running high on the FR-S\BRZ because of all of the hype surrounding the car. As Michael suggests, the marketing machine is not doing this car any favors at this point. Even the first drives have suggested the dynamics of the vehicle are very good but that it's lacking in power... Simple as that.
          Tolitz Rosel
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mostchillininsc
          if I took it personally, I'd be replying to each and every hate post here... but I only reply to ridiculous and stupid ones, coming from people who pose as enthusiasts but are actually just as clueless about the car as all the other detractors who don't put up a good argument. As for the hype, remember that auto sites like AB are the ones who keep posting "leaks" or "spy shots" or "rumors" ... if you wanna blame anyone for the hype, blame this site :)
          mostchillininsc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mostchillininsc
          Fair enough, Hagbis...
        fivesix7eight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Good job ranting about marketing teams insulting their audience while insulting the same audience you're trying to correlate with. The only thing more comical about how much media saturation this car gets is how bent out of shape people get when "teasers" are released. It's funny that an advertisement is enough to ruin someone's day; especially if that person doesn't have the slightest interest in the product to begin with.
        Michael
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Based on my thumbs down rating, I guess lot of people without the ability to think independently who like to have their crank yanked by marketing dweebs came to read this article and enjoy being played for fools.
          Tolitz Rosel
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Michael
          Coz not everyone eats and sleeps Autoblog... it's not aimed at AB readers, it's aim at people who actually have a life.
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