Toyota FR-S/FT-86 on Track for November 2011 Launch

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Toyota‘s FR-S/FT-86 sports car has not been delayed and is on track for a launch in November of next year. Rumors had suggested the entry-level sports car was delayed until 2013, but according to 7tune blogger Adam Zillin, who recently attended a Toyota event and spoke with G Sports Vehicle Management GM Dr. Shigeyuki Hori and group manager Kazuo Okino, the FR-S will arrive in late 2011. The management duo even said the vehicle is 50 percent completed, so we should expect to see prototypes running around soon. Better yet is word that, so far, the design of the car will remain mostly unchanged!

Additional info was also spilled about the highly anticipated machine, including news of three trim levels and two engines, with a mid-range model expected to cost 2.5 million yen ($28,500). A turbocharged engine is believed to be the top engine offered

At a different meeting later in the day, Toyota’s Motor Sports Division boss, Tadashi Yamashina, made one particularly interesting comment, noting that because of the connection with Subaru there was, as 7tune puts it, “no way that the car wasn’t going to be great.”

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 Concept

GALLERY:Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concpet

[Source: 7tune]

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  • D.Decker D.Decker on Jul 27, 2010

    Arguably, the best-looking sports car in ages! Please-please Mr. Toyota (Toyoda), don't change (too much) the way it looks. And have it badged 'Celica', the name car enthusiasts have all been waiting for.