The Toyota FT-86 Concept is a concept car manufactured jointly by Toyota and Subaru. The vehicle consists of many design cues from the earlier FT-HS concept. All that is known about the car so far is that it will be a light front engine, rear drive, 4 or 5 seat coupe, with a new 2 liter Toyota-Subaru "D-4S" Boxer engine. The FT-86 rides on a modified Subaru Impreza platform with 101.2-inch wheelbase, with length, width, and height measuring 163.8, 69.3, and 49.6 inches, respectively. A base price in the USD $20,000 range is expected when the car hits the market in late 2011 with a Toyota badge, with the Subaru version following shortly afterwards. According to an interview by Digg, Jim Lentz, COO and President of Toyota Motor Sales USA confirmed that the production version of the FT-86 is scheduled to be sold in America but an actual date wasn't yet disclosed.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.
It is expected that the Toyota and Subaru versions will be styled similarly on the outside, with the Subaru version getting different head and tail lights and a different hood. It has a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated boxer engine mated to a Subaru 6-speed manual transmission. The concept is fitted with brakes from Advics, a joint venture company formed between Aisin Seiki, Denso, Sumitomo Electric and Toyota.
According to chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, the unique shoujyouhi red colour was based on the colour of a Japanese monkey's backside.
An enhanced version called the FT-86 G Sports Concept was shown at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon as part of the Toyota G Sports range.
A convertible version of the FT-86 coupe is under consideration if the demand proves to be strong.
So, you like cars, but don't have enough money to buy something from Italy or some Swedish super-car that has 254 letters in it's name. What do you do? Well there's lots of cars available right now to choose from. If you don't mind FWD (front-wheel drive) the Volkswagen GTI is an easy choice, or to save a little money you could get a Honda Civic SI. If you think FWD is awful, which it is for true performance driving, you might consider a basic Subaru Impreza WRX, which … more