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Rumorpile: Toyota FT-86 To Come Under 2,500 lbs?

William Maley - Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

October 19, 2011

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At next month's Tokyo Motor Show, we'll finally see the production versions of the often teased Toyota FT-86 coupe. But that isn't stopping details of the new vehicles from leaking out.

Autocar is reporting today that the FT-86 will have a curb weight close to 1,100 kg, which is about 2,425 lbs. To put that into prospective, the Hyundai Genesis coupe is 800 lbs heavier when equipped with it's turbo-4.

Source: Autocar

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That's amazing to see a car that light these days..makes me wonder just how small it is. The FT86 name was meant to harken back to the last RWD Corolla hatchback of the '80s (the AE86 which has a cult following).

Hard to believe today, but at one time there were versions of the Corolla that could be considered 'fun' and 'sporty'. For that matter, it's hard to recall Toyotas that were fun and sporty at all (been so long since the MR2, Supra, and Celica)...

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Wasn't "Celica" originally a Corolla trim line?

Couldn't find anything about that in the Book of Knowledge, but another strange piece of trivia--the Camry was originally badged in Japan as the Celica Camry---though it was a rebadged 4dr Carina ('80-82).

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That's amazing to see a car that light these days..makes me wonder just how small it is. The FT86 name was meant to harken back to the last RWD Corolla hatchback of the '80s (the AE86 which has a cult following).

Hard to believe today, but at one time there were versions of the Corolla that could be considered 'fun' and 'sporty'. For that matter, it's hard to recall Toyotas that were fun and sporty at all (been so long since the MR2, Supra, and Celica)...

The older Toyotas were cool, including the Original FJ...

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Wasn't "Celica" originally a Corolla trim line?

Couldn't find anything about that in the Book of Knowledge, but another strange piece of trivia--the Camry was originally badged in Japan as the Celica Camry---though it was a rebadged 4dr Carina ('80-82).

I was wrong. I was thinking of these... which I always felt looked like Celicas

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These cars are the AE86 that inspired the FT-86. While the Celica could work as the name of the car, it has a little bit too much of a "secretary's car" connotation. The AE-86 Toyota Corollas went away after the '87 model year. The last RWD Celica was in '85. Afterwards, the Supra was no longer a Celica variant.

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