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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
[Source: Jon Sibal]
Discuss this story at FRSForum.com and see video of the FT-86 II Concept from Geneva after the jump:
By now at least some of these official details are foregone conclusions, but Toyota has decided to confirm some of the technical specs about the production car that will evolve from the FT-86 Concept. As expected, the details are identical to those provided for the Scion FR-S from its debut at the New York Auto Show.
That being said, when it does finally go into production (how much longer do we have to wait?) the FT-86 will be powered by a 2.0-liter Subaru-sourced boxer engine. Likely the same powerplant used in the new Impreza, it makes 148-hp in that car. Adding as much as 15 percent more power (that’s 170-hp by our calculation), is a Toyota D4-S direct-injection system. Both a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic will be offered, plus a limited slip differential will be standard.
While fuel economy isn’t something FT-86 buyers will be overly interested in, we should point out that with the new Impreza getting 27/36-mpg we should expect some impressive mpgs from the Toyota sports coupe, which should be lighter than the Impreza and also won’t be AWD.
Look for the Toyota FT-86 to officially debut at the Tokyo Auto Show this Fall.
GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept
GALLERY: Scion FR-S Concept
See videos of both concepts after the jump and discuss this story at FR-SForum.com
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:
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
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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Toyota is preparing to showcase a second FT-86 Concept at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, but that car is likely to arrive as a Scion in North America. Previously reported to wear the FR-S badge, the fan site Toyotobaru is claiming a name change to FT-S after word from a recent Toyota executive meeting.
Pricing is expected to stay in the low $20,000 range, but the Subaru version of the car could reach as high as $40,000 thanks to a turbocharged STI variant with over 300-hp. In standard Scion trim, it is now tipped to use Subaru’s 2.5-liter boxer engine and not the 2.0-liter as previously stated.
Set to debut at the NY Auto Show in April, several production versions of the car are reportedly being prepared at a select few California tuning shops including 5Zigen and Five Axis.
The involvement of these tuners suggests the NY Auto Show debut is more likely to be a concept, with the Toyota version of the car debuting in Tokyo at the end of the year.