• Toyota GT 86 sports car
It's no secret that the Toyota FT-86 will finally make its production-spec debut next week at the Tokyo Motor Show, and ahead of that, the automaker's UK office has released the first official photos and some initial specs. In Europe, the car will officially be called the Toyota GT 86. In Japan, however, the car will simply be called 86.

Cutting right to the chase, here are the specs that are now official, from the Toyota UK announcement. Obviously, there's more to come:
  • 2.0-liter boxer with D4-S injection (direct and port injected)
  • 197 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) @6,600 rpm
  • 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions
  • 17-inch wheel/tire package standard
  • 4,240mm (167 in.) long, 1285mm (50.6 in.) high, 2,570mm (101 in.) wide
  • 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution
  • 475mm (18.7 in.) center of gravity
As demonstrated in the photos, everything is basically in line with what we've seen so far in the various leaked materials. So, start getting excited. In addition to the sharp styling outside, the interior looks the business, and the "86" fender logo is just plain cool. The GT 86 goes on sale in the UK next June.

We'll be on hand in Tokyo for the official reveal at the end of the coming week, with plenty more then. In the meantime, peruse the photo gallery, then hit the jump for a video and the full press release.

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World debut for Toyota GT 86 sports car at the Tokyo motor show

  • Entirely driver-focused sports car, designed to recapture the fundamental joys of motoring
  • World's most compact four-seater sports car, delivering very low centre of gravity and excellent power-to-weight ratio
  • A return to Toyota's sporting roots, with a front-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive package
  • Powertrain combines 197bhp 2.0-litre flat-four boxer engine with torque-enhancing D-4S injection technology
  • Design achieves outstanding aerodynamics while recalling Toyota's sports car heritage
  • New car to be called the GT 86 in Europe, in tribute to Toyota's GT car heritage
  • On sale in the UK in June 2012
The anticipation is over: Toyota's new GT 86 sports car makes its world debut at the Tokyo motor show on November 30. The compact 2+2 model, one of the most keenly awaited new cars of the coming year, will go on sale in the UK in June 2012.

The GT 86 has been conceived as an entirely driver-focused machine, designed to deliver the core qualities of the classic sports car experience. That means precise, instant response to the smallest throttle and steering inputs and the kind of performance that appeals to those for whom driving is a passion, not a necessity.

The GT 86 is built on a new platform, with a highly aerodynamic bodyshell stretched tight over the car's mechanical elements. Rather than fitting a heavy, large capacity powertrain, Toyota has opted instead to go back to its sporting roots, installing a compact, front-mounted, free-revving petrol engine that drives the rear wheels.

This four-cylinder "boxer" unit generates 197bhp at 7,000rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm at 6,600rpm, giving the GT 86 brisk, engaging performance.

The powertrain is matched to the world's most compact four-seat design to create a car that benefits from light weight, low inertia and a low centre of gravity to achieve the best possible power-to-weight ratio. For the driver that means lively, accessible performance and dynamic character with minimal intrusion from electronic systems.


The GT 86 measures 4,240mm long, 1,285mm high and 2,570mm wide, dimensions which make it the most compact four-seater sports car available today.

Both the powertrain and the driving position have been set as low and as far back as possible to achieve the best balance: the car has a near-perfect 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution. The flat-four engine format and the driver's hip point – the lowest of any current Toyota production model – together give the GT 86 an ultra-low centre of gravity, at just 475mm.

The GT 86 makes the most of a light kerb weight, making it easy for drivers to exploit its nimble handling and cornering poise. The suspension features MacPherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear. The car rides on 17-inch wheels and is fitted with ventilated disc brakes fore and aft.

World's first horizontally opposed engine with D-4S

The GT 86's engine is the result of a joint Toyota and Subaru development programme that brings together their technical know-how and mutual passion for sports cars.

Toyota has added its D-4S injection technology to Subaru's new, horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated 1,998cc four-cylinder boxer engine. This system features separate twin injectors for both direct and port injection, and a high 12.5:1 compression ratio, increasing power and torque across a wide range of engine speeds without sacrificing fuel efficiency and environmental performance.

The flat-four engine has equal bore and stroke of 86.0mm and drives through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The manual offers quick, precise shifts using a tactile, short-throw lever; the automatic transmission can be controlled using paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel.

Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential to give the best possible grip in all driving conditions. The ABS and switchable vehicle stability control systems have been tuned specifically to deliver dynamic stability at the limit of the car's performance envelope with minimal electronic intervention to help preserve the purity of the driving experience.


The design of the GT 86 successfully works within the technical constraints of achieving the most compact dimensions possible, a low centre of gravity and aerodynamic performance inspired by motorsport technology, while also displaying evocative, sweeping styling that recalls Toyota's sports car heritage.

Toyota's new design language informs the styling, as in the way attention is focused on the lower part of the car with the large lower grille. Elsewhere the "keen" approach can be witnessed in the clear, expressive lines.

The lower grille's "scorpion" look gives the GT 86 a more powerful appearance, with further sporting details including the model-specific 17-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, twin exhausts and the "86" piston logo that denotes the car's special powertrain configuration.

On board, the ergonomics and function of every element the driver interacts with have been scrutinised to make driving the car as natural, instinctive and rewarding as possible. For example, the steering wheel has a 365mm diameter, making it the smallest ever fitted to a Toyota, and it is trimmed in buckskin, developed from exhaustive feedback from test drivers on how to achieve the best steering performance and grip.

The three-meter instrument cluster is arranged around a large tachometer, its design benefiting from close attention to the positioning of the displays, markings and typeface. The result is the best possible visibility and readability. The driver-focus of the cockpit is further reinforced by the carbon-effect trim, all-black roof lining, red stitching on the upholstery, aviation-style rocker switches and lightweight, aluminium pedals.

Toyota's 50-year sports car heritage

The GT 86 may be launched as the world's only current sports car to feature a front-mounted, horizontally opposed engine and rear-wheel drive, but it cannot claim to be the first. That honour is held by Toyota's two-cylinder boxer-engined Sports 800, which the company began developing in 1962. Since then, Toyota has established a long history of producing exciting, driver-focused sports cars with a front-engine, rear-wheel drive format that have proved as popular with the public as they have been successful in competition.

The beautiful 2000 GT, a coupe powered by a 2.0-litre straight-six engine, was first displayed at the 1965 Tokyo motor show and helped establish Toyota's global reputation as a sports car manufacturer.

Launched in 1971, the first Celica models featured rear-wheel drive powertrains and were praised by enthusiasts for their agility. All four Supra generations came with straight-six engines and rear-wheel drive, while from 1984 the MR2 won recognition as one of the best handling sports cars in motoring history.

The inspiration for the GT 86, however, is the Corolla GT (or Levin) AE86, a car with an enduring reputation for delivering sheer excitement and capturing the fundamental joy of driving. Its front-engine, rear-wheel drive package, compact dimensions, light weight, impeccable balance and superior power-to-weight ratio made it a must-have choice for rallying and circuit driving throughout its production life, from 1983 to 1987. Here in the UK the GT claimed two British Touring Car Championship titles and a series of top-level rally victories.

The GT 86 is a genuinely lightweight machine that offers the intimacy and involvement of a car that can be driven as though an extension of the driver's body. In this way, it perfectly recaptures the exhilarating spirit of the last of the AE86. And, with numerous customisable parts, its shares its predecessor's aim to be an affordable car that will evolve with its owner.

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      http://www.imgur.com/mHqv9.jpg Just be quiet haters
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        heh, I knew that wing wasnt just going to be for the BRZ. its complimentary, to say the very least!
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      Can't wait to drive one. After a lost decade, Toyota is back!
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        • 3 Years Ago
        I love my MR-S to death, even in stock form the car is a absolute blast to drive. I apreciate your insight as I have driven my friends 350z many's a time and I share the same feeling as you. Agree with eveything!
      • 3 Years Ago
      even if the hp is low, if it drives as good as an RX-8 without the horrible mpg and rotary inconveniences! i might buy one!
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's roughly what I expected it to be. With that said, the weight and price are what's going to make or break this car. If it's too heavy and/or too expensive it's going to be a difficult sell.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The great power debate. It has been stated from the very beginning (when the initial concepts were released) that the car would have around 200 hp. That should not be a disappointment to those who have been following the vehicle for the past few years. I believe the first cause of resentment for the cars hp figures is the result of speculators who kept starting rumors about a turbo variant when Toyota never intended to boost the vehicle (These are the speculator’s who can’t get through an automotive debate without tossing a Toyota Supra into the conversation). The second cause of resentment comes from the natural increase in hp for the RWD sport coupe segment. Camaro, Genesis Coupe, Mustang, etc. Toyota’s strategy is not to be the fastest or offer the best bang for the buck. Toyota is trying to offer the best driving experience(handling). I know this may sound crazy but some enthusiast/non-enthusiasts don’t need 300hp to have a good time. We should be thankful Toyota took the time to research and develop a RWD sport coupe that most enthusiast can afford. Camry’s and Corolla’s pay the bills at Toyota. Not this car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sounds exactly like the philosophy another Japanese manufacturer (read: Mazda) goes by. Glad Toyota is moving in the right direction.
          • 3 Years Ago
          This car is far from the right direction. If wanted a Mazda I would buy one, have a faster car, and pay less for it.
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        Not really true at all... in 2008, and in 2009 after the initial concecpt, and several times since both Toyota and Subaru spoke of a turbo version, they were serious enough about "boosting it" they even made a turbo charged concept car "G edition".. So no, the fact that they are only going to offer a slow version of the car is very much a disappointment to most true enthusiasts. hmmm I think your second statement is a bit pre-mature. Since no-one has any clue how this car drives, or what the driving experience is, or how well it handles.. I am not really sure how you can say that is Toyota's goal? Sounds to me like the goal was to take what was supposed to be a fast, cheap sports coupe, and turn it into a huge profite center by stripping it down, dumbing it down, and bumping the price up to well over 30k! (it was originally supposed to start at 18k FYI). We should be thankful? There are lots of RWD sports coupes on the market, you named 4 in your own post, All of which are very likely faster, and cheaper than this thing.....
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is exactly what the Toyota brandname needs. I am actually starting to like the brand again, which is something I have not been able to say in a long time. They're finally giving enthusiasts something to get excited about again. I know plenty of enthusiasts of older Toyotas, so I think this thing will be a success. I'm glad it's not just a Scion and Subaru. Given the name recognition of Toyota, I suspect their variant will outsell the other two handily.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jesus is there any car website that doesn't have a million trolls and fanboys bicker like school girls on every single page?? This is ridiculous. Are you guys getting paid for this? God, AB makes some Yahoo blogs look downright civilized.
        Miguro Takahashi
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nah man, I'm afraid not. That's what the invention of the internet ushered in. You can now say whatever the hell you want behind a faceless screen name and not be held accountable for anything. I've had my share of fun saying outlandish things. Especially on politically themed blogs. But hopefully people don't take anything seriously.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevrolet and Ford need an answer for this car. Something RWD below Pony's
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't understand why so much bitching about the power output the engine makes. The fact that the car uses 2.0 boxer 4 banger engine and puts out nearly 200hp is no secret by any means, since it has been revealed for what 2 or 3 years now!? When did Toyota ever said that the car was going to be the new Supra, or a high performance sports car!? The concept was never prioritized for high performance. Plus if you did your research, you would release that the car is pretty damn light, which makes the 200hp go even further.
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        @Dennis Baskov
        Because people forgot there is something called aftermarket tuning, which opens up the freedom of what people want their car to perform like given basic mechanics, just like in the 90s when all those Toyotas and Nissan where all of them get tuned into 400HP beasts. This world definitely needs a tuning scene again.
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          You live in a world where the aftermarket has disappeared? You poor thing. Sounds like a terrible place. Good thing it's still alive and well here on planet Earth.
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      Toyota are always serious when it comes to their real sport cars. I'm sure it will be a classic!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The side profile sorta looks like a Datsun 240Z (with a bit of the 2011 Dodge Avenger thrown in).
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