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Report: Contrary to rumors, Toyota FT-86 development on track, expected Nov. 2011

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Report: Contrary to rumors, Toyota FT-86 development on track, expected Nov. 2011

by Jonathon Ramsey (RSS feed) on Jul 26th 2010 at 11:31AM

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

According to 7Tune, Toyota recently held at shindig in Japan for select scribes in order to get some things straight about its Toyota G's performance vehicles. Naturally, talk quickly turned to the FT-86 (or FR-S) Although it was reported two months ago that the much-anticipated sports coupe would be delayed until 2013 for design and powerplant reasons, the Toyota engineers at the event reportedly attested that "the car is on schedule" and still has a planned release date of November 2011.

Clarity on the lineup was offered as well: Three spec levels will be available with at least two engines, and the mid-range model is expected to run around 2.5 million yen ($28,500 USD). Further, it appears that a turbocharged variant will take the top slot. According to 7Tune, none of those engines will be a hybrid – that tech is being reserved for a different sporty product.

If there's any news from the event that makes us as excited as word that we might see the car next year, it's the head of the sports division saying that "because of Toyota's connection with Subaru, there was no way that the car wasn't going to be great." We hope he knows what he's talking about. Top tip, Andrew!

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/07/26/report-contrary-to-rumors-toyota-ft-86-development-on-track-e/

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2012 Toyota FT-86

By Andrew Ganz

The subject of countless rumors over the past few years, Toyota’s FT-86 sports car will now reportedly be ready for a launch late next year at an asking price of 2.5 million yen, or around $29,000 for a well-equipped model.

The latest reports that the car has been delayed to 2013 are false, said a Toyota representative at a media event in Japan for the company’s tuning arm, G (short of Gazoo). According to 7Tune, Dr. Shigeyuki Hori, Project General Manager for the automaker’s Sports Vehicle Management division and Kazuo Okino, a group manager, say that the reports about delays are grossly exaggerated.

The Toyota representatives said that the car is 50 percent complete.

Toyota and Subaru’s jointly planned FT-86 sports coupe has drawn a lot of attention from onlookers around the world, with more negative attention than Toyota had originally hoped for. Some critics are citing the design language as being slightly awkward, and not as aggressive as fans had hoped. Subaru has yet to even unveil a concrete indication of what design it will be unveiling, and now Toyota is reportedly going back to the drawing board completely for a totally fresh design.

Toyota first officially took the wraps off its Tokyo-bound FT-86 Concept in October 2009, but our spy photographers recently nabbed the first spy shots of the two-door at Germany’s Nurburgring. Clearly in the mule phase, the production version of the car is little more than a cobbled together unit at this point. With the latest speculation, however, the mule may show little of what sheet metal may actually come to market somewhere between 2011 and 2013.

Details under the skin

Details surrounding the FT-86 (“86″ pronounced “hachi roku”) are still scarce, but the concept appears to be the result of the long-rumored joint-venture between Toyota and Subaru. Thanks to that connection, the FT-86 reportedly employs a 2.0-liter boxer engine of unspecified power (speculated to be 200 horsepower), driving the rear-wheels.

Subaru’s version of the coupe has been rumored and speculated to have engines ranging from 2.0-liters and 200 hp all the way to 2.5-liters and 305 horsepower in STI trim. Given the condition of the world’s economies, we believe that both automakers will at least offer a lesser priced and lower performance model for those on a budget – with the chance for high-performance models to follow a year later.

Toyota didn’t reveal the FT-86’s curb weight, but says the two-door uses a light body and low center of gravity to ensure “racecar-like handling”. At just under 164 inches in length, the concept is nearly a foot and a half shorter than a Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe.

Hybrid out?

7Tune also reports that a hybrid FT-86 has been ruled out. According to the site, Toyota will indeed introduce a hybrid sports car – but it won’t be a version of the FT-86.

Instead, look for the top-rung FT-86 to feature a turbocharged powertrain of some sort.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/toyota-ft-86.html

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