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Three years of rumors, concepts and leaks have come to this: the debut of the Toyota 86 sports car at the Tokyo Motor Show. Introduced by company CEO Akio Toyoda, a man dedicated to rebuilding Toyota’s enthusiast base, he launched an all new slogan, boldly proclaiming that the giant Japanese automakers is, “Fun to Drive, Again”.
As you no doubt have already hear the car is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder direct-injection boxer engine with a 12.5:1 compression ratio making 200-hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. It’s not a lot of punch, but with a curb weight right around 2,700 lbs, it should deliver plenty of fun.
GALLERY: 2013 Toyota 86
See video of the car from it’s world premiere in Tokyo below:
When the production versions of the Toyota FT-86 and Subaru BRZ sports coupes are unveiled at this year’s Tokyo Auto Show neither could look anything like the concept cars we’ve been shown. That’s because according to one report both automakers have sworn to not reveal a single panel of production sheetmetal until the official debut. By default, that means everything we’ve seen up until this point will change. How significant the change, only time will tell.
Few details have been confirmed about either car, but what we do know is that the rear-drive machine will come powered by a direct-injection 4-cylinder boxer engine and is expected to deliver around 200-hp. A limited slip differential will come standard and the car is touted to have the lowest center of gravity of any production car.
Look for the U.S. market Scion FR-S to bow at the New York Auto Show several months later.
GALLERY: Toyota FT-86