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 |  Mar 06 2013, 11:35 AM

An open-top FR-S is finally here, although right now, the Toyota FT-86 Open is still just a concept.

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 |  Mar 05 2013, 7:22 AM

Giving us a preview of the Scion FR-S Convertible, Toyota has officially unveiled its FT-86 Open Concept today at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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 |  Jun 01 2012, 6:15 PM

Scion insists that ‘driving is back’ and with it’s latest commercial of the FR-S, its hard to argue.  Continue Reading…

 |  Nov 26 2011, 8:52 PM

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It’s been two years since Toyota first revealed the FT-86 concept, and after numerous leaks, and even more concept teasers, the production version of the most highly anticipated car in years has been revealed. The very first photos of the production model also come with an announcement of the car’s name: the GT 86. Revealed in Euro-spec, the GT 86 will come with a dual exhaust, a rear spoiler, 17-inch wheels and an ’86 piston’ logo on the fenders.

Inside the cabin is a three-gauge cluster with a larger tachometer, with carbon fiber styled trim, an all black roof, red stitching, aluminum pedals and “aviation-style” switches. Also of note is a 365mm steering wheel – the smallest ever fitted to a Toyota.

With a total displacement of 1,998 ccs, the 4-cylinder direct-injection boxer engine produces 197-hp thanks to twin-injectors and a 12.5:1 compression ratio. Full power comes on at 7000 rpm with 151 lb-ft of torque at 6600 rpm. Toyota promises instant throttle response, with steering to match and, “the kind of performance that appeals to those for whom driving is a passion, not a necessity.”

Look for live photos from the car’s official reveal later this week at the Tokyo Motor Show.

GALLERY: Toyota GT 86

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 |  Nov 02 2011, 1:02 PM

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Another day, another Toyota FT-86 leak. A concept development that has received more facelifts and nose jobs than most production cars get in a whole life cycle, today we reveal one more.

FT86Club.com has leaked a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) brochure showing pictures of an accessorized FT-86 with a unique aero package as well as a list of parts from TRD that will be available as upgrades.

Notable add-ons include TRD aero kit, “high response” quad exhaust, a selection of 18 inch wheels, 6-piston front and 4-piston rear Brembo brakes, full length adjustable suspension, and strut tower brace.

Let’s hope this Toyota has power adders in its future as well!

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 TRD

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[Source: ft86club]

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 |  Sep 13 2011, 2:23 AM

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Toyota is keeping quiet ahead of the car’s reveal today at the Frankfut Auto Show, but it has released two pictures of the latest FT-86 II Concept. What’s new? Other than some new paint it’s not entirely clear, although Toyota did promise a “faster, lighter and sportier” version of the car.

When it does officially debut in production form at the Tokyo Auto Show later this year, the FT-86 (sold in America as the Scion FR-S) will be powered by a direct-injection 4-cylinder boxer engine, putting torque to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission with a limited slip differential as standard. In Tokyo, Subaru is also expected to debut a version of the car, called the BRZ.

Look for more details and live photos later today at AutoGuide’s official Frankfurt Auto Show page here.

Get more Toyota FT-86 and Subaru BRZ news and info at fr-sforum.com and subarubrzforum.com.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

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 |  Sep 06 2011, 3:30 PM

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In two weeks time Subaru will give us the best look yet at its upcoming BRZ at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Rather than any sort of reveal, however, the “Subaru BRZ Prologue – Boxer Sports Car Architecture II” is expected to be yet another look at the car’s underlying platform and engine. The final unveiling won’t come until the Tokyo Auto Show a few months after.

If like us you simply can’t wait that long, then take a gander at what artist Jon Sibal has created. Based on the most recent Toyobaru concepts and taking inspiration from both the Impreza Concept and production model this is a realistic look at what to expect.

The much-discussed twin to the Toyota FT-86, the BRZ will retain the original’s rear-drive, non-turbo setup, using a direct-injection boxer 4-cylinder. More specific details have yet to surface but the most recent tidbit of info to slip out is that the car will be a return-to-basics sports car and will even boast the lowest center of gravity of any production car.

Subaru will officially debut the BRZ at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show.

Discuss this story at SubaruBRZForum.com

 |  Aug 09 2011, 8:00 PM

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At a day dedicated to honoring the infamous Hachiroku in Japan, old generation AE86s stood by as Toyota‘s FT-86 II Concept finally made its Japanese debut at the Fuji 86 Style event. The Drift King, Keiichi Tsuchiya, was on hand to give his take on Toyota’s second FT-86 concept car as well as sharing his past experiences racing his AE86. But clearly the FT-86 II Concept was the star of the day, with Fuji Speedway Square Plaza completely filled with enthusiasts waiting to finally see the car in person many months after it first debuted at the Geneva Auto Show.

While Toyota has officially released few details, what they have said is that the car will be powered by a Subaru boxer engine, paired with a Toyota direct-injection system and either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. A limited slip differential will be standard. (For a more extensive list of what will be included in the production model, see here).

Set to debut at the Toyota Auto Show in December, it will be rebadged as the Scion FR-S for North America where it will bow at the New York Auto Show the following April.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept In Japan

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[Source: Jon Sibal]

Discuss this story at FRSForum.com and see video of the FT-86 II Concept from Geneva after the jump:

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 |  Jul 07 2011, 6:42 AM

Subaru is the latest automaker to announce ambitious mid-term goals, with a new “Motion-V” plan designed to boost global vehicle sales 37 percent. Having already achieved incredible success over the past several years in North America, the Japanese automaker looks to continue that growth, forecasting a 24 percent rise in sales by 2016, up from the record 264,000 units it moved last year. During that same period, Subaru looks to triple sales in China to 180,000 units.

Other aspects of the plan include cost-cutting measures, a significant fuel economy improvement across the Subaru lineup, and the goal of being a leader in “safety performance.”

Details weren’t provided on how Subaru would reduce overall vehicle development costs, but the target is to reduce that number by 20 percent. One hint lies in the FT-86 sports car project, which was co-developed with Toyota. Subaru plans to launch this car and three others (including a hybrid) in the next five years and is looking to reduce its overall fleet fuel consumption by 30 percent.

As for safety, the Motion-V plan calls for new advancements in both active and passive safety systems.

Subaru isn’t alone in forecasting tremendous growth over the next few years. Ford recently announced plans to increase global sales by 50 percent by 2015, while the “Nissan Power 88” plan calls for that automaker to capture 8 percent of the global market by 2016, launching one new vehicle ever six weeks for the next six years.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Jun 01 2011, 8:10 PM

Subaru’s version of the Toyota FT-86 front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports coupe will finally debut at this December’s Tokyo Auto Show. Toyota will sell its version as a Scion in the U.S. As for the Subaru model, well, according to the latest reports, there won’t be a powerful, turbocharged STI version.

Subaru has planned to produce a version of the STI, but it won’t be like previous high-powered STI’s that typically offer massive turbos. The issue with turbocharging the engine is that it goes against the vehicles original plan to be naturally aspirated, according to Subaru.

Power will be supplied by Subaru’s new generation 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine. The same powerplant will be used in the redesigned Subaru Impreza arriving this fall. The engine will be positioned 5-inches lower than in the Impreza to keep weight and handling as low and as balanced as possible. Both a manual and automatic transmission will be available.

No official price has been announced, however the sporty coupe will likely sell in the mid $20,000 range.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Jun 01 2011, 6:50 AM

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Perhaps the fact that there’s more interest in the car’s name than what’s under the hood is a sign that the Toyota FT-86 will be a bigger hit with hard-parkers than track fanatics.

According to an unsubstantiated report by the notoriously rumor-filled AutoCar, the FT-86 could wear the ‘Celica’ badge when it makes in to production. Or at least that’s the case for Europe and Japan, with the Scion version for North America likely to keep its FR-S letter scheme from the concept car.

Then again, AutoCar‘s own report seems to suggest from a “Toyota insider” that it will somehow keep the “86″ in its name in homage to the Corolla AE86 from which it draws its inspiration. That said, maybe its best to just ignore this latest rumor.

Either way, the FT-86 will be powered by Subaru boxer 4-cylinder using a Toyota direct-injection setup to make around 200-hp and the car will come standard with a limited slip differential. The official name will be known when the car is revealed with Fall at the Tokyo Auto Show.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

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[Source: AutoCar]

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 |  May 22 2011, 7:53 PM


Call it whatever you like, but the upcoming Toyota FT-86/Scion FR-S/Toyotabaru/King Ghidorah sports car has been spotted in public, well ahead of its anticipated production-ready December unveiling.

We know what the Toyota version looks like—time and time and time again. But the camoed-up version seen stuck in traffic on the 405 looks more like Subaru’s version—and given the Subaru distributor plates, this is more likely the case.

While the Toyota/Scion model is expected to be more focused on handling dynamics and light weight, rumors continue to point to the Subaru model as a lower volume, higher output, hard-core version.

[Source: GTRUSABlog via Autoblog]

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 |  May 21 2011, 6:19 PM

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Toyota will never stop developing mutations of its FT-86 sports car, which will be released sometime between now and the real Rapture. Maybe.

But news from Japan indicates, finally, when we can see the officially official ultimate final production version: the Tokyo Motor Show, in December. Both Toyota and Subaru will launch versions of their joint sports car on their home turf then, which is more final a date than anything the companies have previously announced.

The production version of the FT-86 will reach America by 2012 as the Scion FR-S, and Subaru’s version will be released in the spring. Rumors that both cars will be equipped with a Phantom entertainment console are unsubstantiated.

GALLERY: Scion FR-S

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[Source: Inside Line]

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 |  Apr 21 2011, 9:54 AM

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When Toyota’s FT-86 finally makes it to market in North America next year it will wear a Scion badge. Revealed at the New York Auto Show, the FR-S Concept is the latest rendition of the front-engine rear-drive sports car that enthusiasts have been clamoring for since they first saw the FT-86 almost two years ago.

Scion didn’t give much in the way of new info, reiterating that it would use a Subaru boxer 4-cylinder that would allow for a lower center of gravity and better weight balance. That engine will also be fitted with a Toyota-designed direct-injection system. Plus, it will get a limited slip differential.

Plenty can still change between now and the production car’s likely debut at the NY Auto Show next year. We just hope they leave the bodywork mostly unchanged.

GALLERY: Scion FR-S Concept

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 |  Apr 13 2011, 1:59 PM

Scion has just released a short teaser video of its FT-86 derived sports car ahead of its reveal at the New York Auto Show next week.

The rumors appear to be quite true with the teaser showing a shape nearly identical to the FT-86 and the more recent FT-86 II Concept that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show.

Much in need of a youthful injection, the Scion brand appears to have lobbied Toyota into handing over the FT-86 for North American distribution. Believed to be a concept and not an actual production model the Scion will reportedly go by the name FT-S but won’t see production until after the Toyota version debuts at the Tokyo Auto Show later this year.

No details about the engine have been released but expect little to change from the Subaru-source boxer engine under the hood of the FT-86.

Scion will officially debut the car on Wednesday, April 20th at 1:40 Eastern Time and you can watch it live at ScionDimension.com

Get more Scion FT-86 news and info at FRSForum.com

See the video after the jump:

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 |  Mar 10 2011, 9:56 PM

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Toyota is planning big things for the NY Auto Show for its two sub-brands, Lexus and Scion. According to recent reports, Lexus will showcase an all-new version of its GS sedan in the Big Apple.

There’s no word on if it will be a production model or a concept, but the car will be crucial for the Lexus brand with little in the way of new product recently while competitors in the segment (including the new BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class) have jumped well-beyond the GS.

Earlier this week, Toyota announced its new Global Vision, which indicated the automaker’s intentions for the Lexus brand, noting quality and value as key components, while looking to add an emotional ride, advanced technology and a focus on design.

Perhaps more exciting is news that Scion will reveal a version of the Toyota FT-86. Styled similar to the FT-86 II Concept that debuted recently at the Geneva Auto Show, the Scion is expected to be called the FT-S. Rather than a production model it will be yet another concept, with the Toyota branded version to bow at the Tokyo Auto Show in the Fall.

While no source has been identified, in recent conversations with individuals inside Toyota we’d put good money on the rumors.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

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[Source: AutoBlog]

 |  Mar 10 2011, 9:13 AM

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When Toyota announced its new Global Vision last week the company’s two main product goals seemed rather divergent. First, Toyota announced it would build exciting cars. Then it reiterated a commitment to sustainable mobility – hybrids in particular.

Those two seemingly incongruous goals may come together for the first time in the upcoming FT-86 Sports car. When asked by the team at AutoExpress if a hybrid version of the new RWD sports coupe was possible, the response was simple from one Toyota representative. “Why not?” The staffer than went on to douse the fires of speculation stating that, “It’s no secret we’ve been considering a hybrid sports car for a while.”

Toyota recently displayed what it calls the FT-86 II Concept at the Geneva Auto Show, sporting more aggressive bodywork that it says will more closely resemble the production car which could bow as early as the NY Auto Show in April under the Scion brand wearing the FT-S badge.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

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[Source: AutoExpress]

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 |  Feb 22 2011, 8:24 AM


Subaru is building hype ahead of the reveal of its rear-wheel drive sports car next week at the Geneva Auto Show, releasing a new teaser image on a web site (http://www.subaru-global.com/boxersports.html) dedicate to the vehicle.

Along with the photo of the brand’s legendary Boxer engine is a brief outline of what Subaru calls the Boxer Sports Car Architecture, which, “embodied Subaru’s new definition of driving excitement.”

Subaru hints at the cost of the car, claiming it will be more “accessible” while also delivering a driving experience that, “only a Subaru can provide.”

Set to debut in Geneva as the ‘Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept’ on March 1st, look for live photos and updates with AutoGuide’s 2011 Geneva Auto Show coverage here.

 |  Sep 07 2010, 8:02 AM


Toyota is planning to introduce a new lineup of budget-oriented sporty vehicles, but don’t get too excited. While it is possible that there’s a larger plan for the FT-86/FR-S and a rumors of a rear-drive hot-hatch, it’s more likely that Toyota is instead planning “sporty” versions of existing cars.

Earlier this year the Japanese auto giant released the “G Sports” or G’s” versions of its Voxy and Noah vans and it that may be the direction they’re headed with the rest of the lineup, including a confirmed sports edition version of the Prius.

“We want to offer more cars that are fun to drive and make people think ‘Toyota is interesting,’” said Toyota Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada at a recent press event in Japan.

And while Toyota’s plans for a true performance-minded budget sports car lineup seem less likely than a new lineup of TRD-style models, Uchiyamada did confirm the GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept is headed to production as a spiritual successor of the MR2 – but with a high-tech hybrid powertrain.

[Source: Mainichi Daily News]

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 |  Sep 02 2010, 8:00 AM

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Subaru‘s version of the Toyota FT-86/FR-S, but the engineers at Suby have been hard at work on the new model. A Subaru bodied version of the car (looking like a WRX Coupe) was recently spied doing hot weather testing in Death Valley.

The photos clearly show a hood scoop, suggesting a top-mount intercooler and turbocharged boxer engine. If that’s the case, we could look forward to a solid 265-hp from the more hard-core Subaru version of the Toyobaru. Previous reports have suggested the car will be rear-wheel drive only, although AutoExpress is suggesting an AWD setup will be included. We’re inclined to believe that is possible, as the car is based on the AWD Legacy platform.

Toyota is on track to launch its version of the FT-86 (believed to get the FR-S badge in production forum), in November of 2011, so expect to Subaru model to debut shortly thereafter.

Hit the link below for more pics.

[Source: AutoExpress]

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 |  Jun 22 2010, 3:46 PM

We normally try and stay away from “Cool Ebay Listings” or things of that nature, but this is a truly historic listing that you won’t see again for quite some time. Bring A Trailer, possibly the best resource for classic cars online, has an all-original, left-hand driver Toyota 2000GT up for sale.

One of only 62 2000GT’s imported into the United States (out of a total of 337 produced) this car is painted its original Beatrix Yellow and has roughly 61,000 miles on the odometer. The price? A cool $375,000, about the same as a Lexus LFA.

The LFA and the upcoming FT-86 have are the center of attention right now, but take a minute to appreciate the timeless beauty of the 2000GT. This car could very well end up being the Japanese classic car to own, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a 2000GT become the first Japanese car to turn up at Pebble Beach.

[Photo and Source: Bring A Trailer]

 |  May 27 2010, 7:39 AM

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Those eagerly anticipating the launch of the FT-86 affordable sports car from Toyota will have to keep waiting. According to a report by Japan’s Best Car magazine, the concept has been delayed from an original production date of 2011 until 2013.

Reasons for the delay include the possibility of a different design direction (why?), as well as rumors that Toyota could be looking at a hybrid option – depending, of course, on the success of the Honda CR-Z. Then there are the reports that the FT-86 is being delayed due to development costs and rumors that an even smaller FT-86 will also arrive to satisfy the original model’s budget-targeted audience.

Regardless, we have to think an extra two years is a very long delay for a vehicle that Toyota supposedly considers to be so important.

The next rendition of the FT-86 Concept is set to be unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show in late 2011.

Get more Toyota FT-86 info here: FT86Talk.com

[Source: BestCar via 7Tune]

 |  May 10 2010, 5:28 PM

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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]

Get more Toyota FT-86 info at FT86Talk.com

 |  Feb 03 2010, 4:25 PM

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Toyota’s hybrid technology is too expensive to be used in Scion models says brand VP Jack Hollis. In an interview with Ward’s Auto, Hollis explained that a hybrid Scion model would essentially be out of the price range of the brand’s target demographic. Scion works to keep all its cars at, or starting at, under the $20,000 mark.

This news comes just days after Honda said a hybrid version of the Fit might not be in the works after all, due to prohibitive cost.

Hollis admits that not having hybrid Scions is particularly unfortunate as the typical Scion buyer is more likely to be open to hybrid technology and want to drive a vehicle that has a reduced impact on the environment. “Youth seem to be very, very cognizant of their environment and the footprint they’re leaving,” says Hollis, who went on to dismiss claims that the Toyota FT-CH hybrid concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show could one day be a Scion.

Toyota previewed the FT-CH and said that it would most likely debut as a smaller Prius model, expanding the Prius name into a family of vehicles. Scion is expected to deliver two new models in the near future, with the iQ concept one possibility, and a new version of the tC reportedly in the works.

Hollis did says that hybrid models are in Scion’s long-term future and even dropped another bomb – stating that all-wheel drive Scion models could be possible. In fact, Scion has already engaged in talks with Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the parent company for Subaru, about using its AWD technology. Hollis said that with AWD he believes a sub-$20,000 model could be offered and even commented that the partnership between the two companies has, “just begun.”

Could an AWD FT-86 model perhaps be the future of Scion?

[Source: Wards]