Sources in Australia are reporting that we'll be seeing a small, rear-drive sedan from Toyota, based on the GT 86/Scion FR-S. Yes, a convertible variant is still in limbo, but a four-door sedan is in the works. It's unclear if the rumored GT 86 sedan would spawn Scion and Subaru variants (it's hard to cross all ten fingers while you type, but we're having a go).

Working with remarks made by the car's chief engineer Tetsuya Tada in his blog and a rendering from Japanese magazine Holiday Auto, the Australian site Motoring is claiming that the new model's wheelbase will grow about four inches over the current GT 86's 101.2-inch wheelbase.

Besides the larger overall space between the axles, the sedan will offer a more potent engine option over the current 2.0-liter, flat-four. Promising 268 horsepower, which is a big jump over the current car's 200 ponies, the new powertrain will be derived from the Hybrid R setup, shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show. If, like us, you're reaching for the salt, and we don't blame you.

Motoring seems to think the new model will be available later in 2015 or early in 2016, with pricing that should be within reach of current GT 86 owners (around 30,000 Australian dollars, or $28,371).


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      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about Ford makes a nice RWD sedan and wagon based off of the Mustang platform?
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Drivetrain from the Yaris Hybrid R? That car has the majority of the power going to the front wheels and electric motors assisting the rear wheels. There would be pretty much nothing left from the FT86. It would just be a totally different car.
        ctsmith1066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        I doubt the system would be identical in that way, since the article pretty much said it would be RWD-only. I think the point of labeling it a Hybrid R system is to indicate it will use a KERS capacitor system like the Yaris Hybrid R used.
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      You mean like the original Toyota Altezza?,next a small pick up truck to be named Low-Lux to complement the Hi-Lux and then a mini van to be named Hi-Hiace?
      FullyMoto
      • 1 Year Ago
      As of 2014 we will not have any rear wheel drive, Japanese sport sedans available with a manual transmission. I love my IS300 sedan but I need to replace it soon and there isn't anything on the market right now that is comparable to my IS. If Toyota were essentially relaunch the original IS with a beefed up version of their 2.0 I6 to make ~250 HP (hell use the 2.5 V6 from the IS), keep it under 3K pounds, base price ~$28K and call it a Scion, it would be a hit. There isn't anything in the market like it for early 30 somethings that want something fun, practical and rear wheel drive.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dont do it Toyota.....
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        PICKLEBOY
        • 1 Year Ago
        It's a small lightweight coupe.... Expect weight gains with that extra room... Roominess isn't what this car is about
      Joakester
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes! What is wrong with everyone who is against this? If you don't want it, then don't buy it. But an under $30k, RWD 4 door sports car? YES! I get it, some of you don't have kids. But guess what, some of us do and currently, there about zero options for a RWD car without paying premium prices. So yes, kudos to Toyota for trying to break into that market. If you build this, I will throw my money at you as there is literally no other competition at this level.
        Silentnoise713
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joakester
        Yes! It would be in a segment by itself and attract the more mature working professional who need to commute and two doors do not work. This will eat up Mazda3/Golf shoppers (assuming it looks half decent).
          trill.trill
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Silentnoise713
          I couldn't agree more, and I happen to fall into that segment. It's the "assuming it looks half decent" part that I'm worried about. Also, I don't think this will ever actually materialize. But here's hoping!
        radroach
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joakester
        Have you ever tried driving a BRZ with more then one other passenger in the car? It's a nightmare once you get over 350lbs in the car the miles per gallon goes from 30mpg to 10mpg, the car groans up hills and the mpg's drop even further. The last thing this thing needs is to practically seat 4 people, because it can hardly manage 2 people with this amount of power.
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      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dead on Arrival
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        RIght on.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
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      sundude
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like it would fill the void -- such as it is -- left by the Mazda RX-8. Personally I would welcome another four-door, four-seat sports car like that.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear Toyota, brand it a Toyota. Thank You.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        Who gives a darn what badge it wears?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
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          @icemilkcoffee
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          icemilkcoffee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          I understand that the GT86 is a revival of the old AE86. But as soon as you turn this into a RWD sedan, all the linkage with the AE86 is lost. At that point- who really cares what brand it is wearing. You know and I know it is a Toyota.
      FutureDoc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sedan... meh. A 265bhp sedan is called the WRX. The car needs a severe diet first so folks will stop clamoring for a turbo (although people want a turbo even if it is a ceiling fan). The 200hp/150torq would be plenty if the car was 2200lbs rather than the close to 2800lbs.
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