With recent reports that development costs are driving up the price of the FT-86 sports car, Toyota is rumored to be planing to bring a smaller and less powerful version of the FT-86 to market. According to Road & Track it will be roughly 150-inches in length and should cost $5,000 less than the currently planned model – meaning it will be available for less than $20,000.
As for an engine, the car will use Toyota’s 3SZ-VE 1.5-liter 4-cylinder that currently makes 109-hp. That might not sound all that exciting, but a front-drive/rear-engine model that can bring younger customers into Toyota showrooms is exactly what the brand needs. It’s also more in line with the original AE-86.
Besides, we’re certain those in need of a horsepower fix will find numerous ways to get more power out of the car – even if it means swapping out the engine.
According to R&T, the baby FT should arrive some time in 2012.
[Source: Road & Track]
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