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Boxer Engine-Themed Toyota FT-86 Logo Leaked?

By Nelson Ireson


December 23rd, 2010


If you've been following the hubbub and ballyhoo around the development of Toyota's next rear-drive coupe, code-named the FT-86 and rumored to be called the FR-S in production, you're aware of its on-again, off-again, it's coming, but we don't know exactly when or what, path. The latest news spins things around once again, with a logo using the 86 name and a stylized boxer engine theme.

The new logo was uncovered by Car and Driver, and shows a pair of horizontally opposed pistons flanking a circular "86" emblem. The 86, for those not in the know, refers to the FT-86/FR-S's spiritual predecessor, the AE86 Corolla Levin/Trueno, a rear-drive coupe/hatch popular with enthusiasts to this day.

So what does this mean for the FT-86's production reality? If the logo proves to be the real deal, it means the FR-S name is almost certainly out, and some variant using 86 is in. As for the car itself, we're still waiting on a debut, expected sometime late next year for 2012 sale.



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Rumored Toyota FT86 logo shows off boxer heart

by Jeremy Korzeniewski (RSS feed) on Dec 27th 2010 at 4:31PM


We can't speak to the veracity of this information, but the internet rumormill is reporting that the upcoming Toyota FT86 has a rather interesting new logo in the works. Let's break it down:

Directly in the center of the supposed logo, you'll notice a stylized 86 that conveys a sense of motion. This, as you may already be aware, hearkens back to the classic rear-drive Toyota AE86, otherwise known as the Corolla Sport here in America. If this logo is for real, that means Toyota will likely move forward with the 86 designation made famous by its '80s-era sports coupes. Next up are the twin opposed pistons on either side of the numerical center. This calls to mind the 2.0-liter boxer engine that Toyota reportedly plans to use in its low-cost coupe, provided by partner Subaru, of which Toyota owns a large chunk.

We're expecting pricing in the low-to-mid $20s if and when the 86 goes on sale later in 2011, and we'll be curious to see if we find the new logo anywhere on the production car.



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