Toyota FT-86 II Concept Finally Debuts In Japan

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Zedhex Zedhex on Oct 04, 2011

    What a wasted opportunity. Toyota used to make some excellent cars. The MR2, Supra and Soarer come to mind. The FT-86 is just a very pale wasted out pseudo-sports car. 200hp and 4 cylinders does not even come close to what is required. Here is a simple recipe: Rear wheel drive, Limited slip diff, 6 cylinders, 300hp, 1300kg max weight, 2+2 seats. How hard can that be for Toyota?

  • Parker Parker on Oct 06, 2011

    it is more beautiful than i could imagine i want it!! I want to drift in that car

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