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Toyota Officially Reveals 2012 Toyota GT 86 (FT-86) Sports Car w/Videos 27
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Scion FR-S, 2012 Subaru BRZ, Automotive, FT-86, FT-86 Concept, News, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-86 Concept, video on 11 27th, 2011

Toyota’s sports car excitement seems to have been officially resurrected in what is now called the new Toyota GT 86. The official revealing of the long awaited FT-86 concept in its production skin will still take place at the Tokyo Motor Show (Nov. 29th). Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda could not wait to take the wraps off one of the most highly anticipated cars for the enthusiast market, so here it is.

To clarify naming of what we have grown to know as simply the FT-86, Toyota will be calling it the GT 86 in European markets and just the ‘86’  in Japan. Stateside we still expect the Scion FR-S name to hold true.

Official quick specs for the Toyota GT 86

  • 2.0-liter boxer with D4-S injection (direct and port injected)
  • 197 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) @6,600 rpm
  • 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions
  • 17-inch wheel/tire package standard
  • 4,240mm (167 in.) long, 1285mm (50.6 in.) high, 2,570mm (101 in.) wide
  • 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution
  • 475mm (18.7 in.) center of gravity

The GT 86 is expected to go on sale in June of 2012 beginning in\ the UK market. Details for the US sale date have not been confirmed as of yet but we expect to see the FR-S in our showrooms not far after its UK release.

Toyota has released new specs for the GT 86 along with a fully detailed press release highlighting the why behind the what for Toyota’s long awaited lightweight sports car. Hit up the new videos, details and official images below.

All images are courtesy of Toyota. Some taken by Toyota at the Fuji Speedway Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival.

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Toyota GT 86 Press Release

World debut for Toyota GT 86 sports car at the Tokyo motor show


  • Entirely driver-focused sports car, designed to recapture the fundamental joys of motoring
  • World’s most compact four-seater sports car, delivering very low centre of gravity and excellent power-to-weight ratio
  • A return to Toyota’s sporting roots, with a front-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive package
  • Powertrain combines 197bhp 2.0-litre flat-four boxer engine with torque-enhancing D-4S injection technology
  • Design achieves outstanding aerodynamics while recalling Toyota’s sports car heritage
  • New car to be called the GT 86 in Europe, in tribute to Toyota’s GT car heritage
  • On sale in the UK in June 2012

The anticipation is over: Toyota’s new GT 86 sports car makes its world debut at the Tokyo motor show on November 30. The compact 2+2 model, one of the most keenly awaited new cars of the coming year, will go on sale in the UK in June 2012.The GT 86 has been conceived as an entirely driver-focused machine, designed to deliver the core qualities of the classic sports car experience. That means precise, instant response to the smallest throttle and steering inputs and the kind of performance that appeals to those for whom driving is a passion, not a necessity.

The GT 86 is built on a new platform, with a highly aerodynamic bodyshell stretched tight over the car’s mechanical elements. Rather than fitting a heavy, large capacity powertrain, Toyota has opted instead to go back to its sporting roots, installing a compact, front-mounted, free-revving petrol engine that drives the rear wheels.

This four-cylinder “boxer” unit generates 197bhp at 7,000rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm at 6,600rpm, giving the GT 86 brisk, engaging performance.

The powertrain is matched to the world’s most compact four-seat design to create a car that benefits from light weight, low inertia and a low centre of gravity to achieve the best possible power-to-weight ratio. For the driver that means lively, accessible performance and dynamic character with minimal intrusion from electronic systems.


The GT 86 measures 4,240mm long, 1,285mm high and 2,570mm wide, dimensions which make it the most compact four-seater sports car available today.

Both the powertrain and the driving position have been set as low and as far back as possible to achieve the best balance: the car has a near-perfect 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution. The flat-four engine format and the driver’s hip point – the lowest of any current Toyota production model – together give the GT 86 an ultra-low centre of gravity, at just 475mm.

The GT 86 makes the most of a light kerb weight, making it easy for drivers to exploit its nimble handling and cornering poise. The suspension features MacPherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear. The car rides on 17-inch wheels and is fitted with ventilated disc brakes fore and aft.

World’s first horizontally opposed engine with D-4S

The GT 86′s engine is the result of a joint Toyota and Subaru development programme that brings together their technical know-how and mutual passion for sports cars.

Toyota has added its D-4S injection technology to Subaru’s new, horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated 1,998cc four-cylinder boxer engine. This system features separate twin injectors for both direct and port injection, and a high 12.5:1 compression ratio, increasing power and torque across a wide range of engine speeds without sacrificing fuel efficiency and environmental performance.

The flat-four engine has equal bore and stroke of 86.0mm and drives through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The manual offers quick, precise shifts using a tactile, short-throw lever; the automatic transmission can be controlled using paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel.

Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential to give the best possible grip in all driving conditions. The ABS and switchable vehicle stability control systems have been tuned specifically to deliver dynamic stability at the limit of the car’s performance envelope with minimal electronic intervention to help preserve the purity of the driving experience.


The design of the GT 86 successfully works within the technical constraints of achieving the most compact dimensions possible, a low centre of gravity and aerodynamic performance inspired by motorsport technology, while also displaying evocative, sweeping styling that recalls Toyota’s sports car heritage.

Toyota’s new design language informs the styling, as in the way attention is focused on the lower part of the car with the large lower grille. Elsewhere the “keen” approach can be witnessed in the clear, expressive lines.

The lower grille’s “scorpion” look gives the GT 86 a more powerful appearance, with further sporting details including the model-specific 17-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, twin exhausts and the “86″ piston logo that denotes the car’s special powertrain configuration.

On board, the ergonomics and function of every element the driver interacts with have been scrutinised to make driving the car as natural, instinctive and rewarding as possible. For example, the steering wheel has a 365mm diameter, making it the smallest ever fitted to a Toyota, and it is trimmed in buckskin, developed from exhaustive feedback from test drivers on how to achieve the best steering performance and grip.

The three-meter instrument cluster is arranged around a large tachometer, its design benefiting from close attention to the positioning of the displays, markings and typeface. The result is the best possible visibility and readability. The driver-focus of the cockpit is further reinforced by the carbon-effect trim, all-black roof lining, red stitching on the upholstery, aviation-style rocker switches and lightweight, aluminium pedals.

Toyota’s 50-year sports car heritage

The GT 86 may be launched as the world’s only current sports car to feature a front-mounted, horizontally opposed engine and rear-wheel drive, but it cannot claim to be the first. That honour is held by Toyota’s two-cylinder boxer-engined Sports 800, which the company began developing in 1962. Since then, Toyota has established a long history of producing exciting, driver-focused sports cars with a front-engine, rear-wheel drive format that have proved as popular with the public as they have been successful in competition.

The beautiful 2000 GT, a coupe powered by a 2.0-litre straight-six engine, was first displayed at the 1965 Tokyo motor show and helped establish Toyota’s global reputation as a sports car manufacturer.

Launched in 1971, the first Celica models featured rear-wheel drive powertrains and were praised by enthusiasts for their agility. All four Supra generations came with straight-six engines and rear-wheel drive, while from 1984 the MR2 won recognition as one of the best handling sports cars in motoring history.

The inspiration for the GT 86, however, is the Corolla GT (or Levin) AE86, a car with an enduring reputation for delivering sheer excitement and capturing the fundamental joy of driving. Its front-engine, rear-wheel drive package, compact dimensions, light weight, impeccable balance and superior power-to-weight ratio made it a must-have choice for rallying and circuit driving throughout its production life, from 1983 to 1987. Here in the UK the GT claimed two British Touring Car Championship titles and a series of top-level rally victories.

The GT 86 is a genuinely lightweight machine that offers the intimacy and involvement of a car that can be driven as though an extension of the driver’s body. In this way, it perfectly recaptures the exhilarating spirit of the last of the AE86. And, with numerous customisable parts, its shares its predecessor’s aim to be an affordable car that will evolve with its owner.

‘Toyota FT-86 Devoted to Innovation’ Teaser Video Released Ahead of Tokyo Motor Show 22
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, FT-86, FT-86 Concept, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-86, video on 11 22nd, 2011

The upcoming 2011 Tokyo Motor Show will give a glimpse into the near future revealing several highly anticipated vehicles to hit showroom floors next year. One of those vehicles remains to be the Toyota FT-86 aka Scion FR-S aka Subaru BRZ. Days before its official production-skin unveiling, Toyota releases a new teaser trailer of the FT-86.

The new Toyota FT-86 (Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ) is touted to bring back the basics of rear-wheel-drive fun and enthusiasts cannot wait to get their hands on what is probably the most exciting “affordable” RWD sports car to come from Toyota since the Supra. Check out the new teaser below and get excited with us as the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show opens up next week.

P.S., check out what looks to be the old-school Toyota 2000GT and other classic Toyota sports cars in the video. Did you see them?

Scion FR-S Concept (Toyota FT-86 Transformed ‘again’) Walk-Around Videos 21
Posted by Larry in 2011 New York Auto Show, Automotive, FT-86, FT-86 Concept, New York auto show, Scion, Scion FR-S, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-86, Toyota FT-86 Concept, Toyota FT-86 II Concept, video on 04 21st, 2011

The 2011 New York Auto Show has brought us some interesting vehicles, one of them being the Scion FR-S concept which is an evolution of the Toyota FT-86 that we first saw just before the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. Since then, Toyota has tweaked the design over and over making us enthusiasts truly impatient and ready to see this bad-boy on the road finally. Two new walk-around-videos have been released showing many of the highlighted design cues of the new Scion FR-S concept. If the production version is anything like what we see here, then Toyota may have a winner in my book. Please don’t fu*k this up Toyota! Enjoy the videos below!

Scion Teases FT-86 II (FR-S FT-S) Concept Car for 2011 New York Auto Show 13
Posted by Larry in Automotive, FT-86 Concept, New York auto show, Scion, Scion FR-S, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-86 Concept, Toyota FT-86 II Concept, video on 04 13th, 2011

The much anticipated official reveal of the upcoming Toyota FT-86 (FT-86 II, FR-S, FT-S) production vehicle is starting to take a different direction because Scion is now teasing what appears to be the FT-86 concept slated to wear a Scion badge at the 2011 New York Auto Show this month.

Toyota’s upcoming FT-86 concept has been the most exciting main-stream vehicle that that the Japanese automaker has hinted around since the Supra. Ever since the first reveal of the FT-86 in 2009 at the Tokyo Motor Show, enthusiasts have been following the concept car’s evolution. By now everyone is sick of waiting to see what will actually come to fruition and it seems it will wear a Scion badge for the North American Version.

A countdown timer is running on the site sciondimension.com leading up to the official reveal on April 20th at the New York Auto Show. Check out the video below that “Scion” has released as a “Scion Concept Car Teaser”.

[source: Toyota/Scion]

Could the Toyota FT-86 Bring Driving Excitement Back To Toyota? 10
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Concept Vehicle, featured, FT-86 Concept, Scion, Scion FR-S, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-86, Toyota FT-86 Concept, Toyota FT-86 II Concept on 03 10th, 2011

Don’t you love automotive rumors especially when it is one that fulfills that long-time dream of your favorite supercar making its way to production and into your driveway? Sure, it’s great to daydream from time to time even if that supercar happens to be the return of the Toyota Supra, not in the form of the Lexus LFA though.

You may have already seen the new Toyota FT-86 concept or even the revamped version at the Geneva Motor Show this year, the FT-86 II. Did you think to yourself that Toyota could really resurrect that good old ‘excitement’ feeling that somehow vanished with the demise of the Supra, Celica and even the MR2? Somehow it seems like ‘a lot’ is riding on the introduction of the Toyota FT-86 whether it is badged as a Scion or Toyota. What does this car really mean for Toyota and their over-all perception?

When you think of Toyota what comes to mind? Maybe hybrids, boring but reliable family cars, bestselling sedan in America, off-road capable vehicles – what else? What about modern-day sports cars? Well, they have the LFA from their Lexus brand but that is completely unrealistic unless you have managed to overcome today’s economic conditions and became one of the uber-rich that doesn’t mind dropping over $375K on a Japanese supercar. I honestly believe that bringing the FT-86 into production will put Toyota in a position to be once again recognized as an exciting car company.  They may be able to learn a few things from Nissan and the re-conception of cars like the 370Z and GTR.

Let’s examine the FT-86 concept for a minute. We first saw the FT-86 concept in its original form just before the Tokyo Motor Show back in 2009. The new Toyota FT-86 II is a recently revamped version of the FT-86 Concept, inspired by driver feedback, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show this year. Essentially, the FT-86 touts its moniker and design aspects from the old AE86 body style coded Toyota Corolla Levin and Toyota Sprinter Trueno from 1983. Today we know the AE86 to be a contending drift machine and highly sought after sports coupe by automotive enthusiasts not only in Japan but all over the world.  Currently from recent reports, The FT-86 is slated to wear the ‘Scion FR-S’ name when it makes it to the official debut at the NY Auto Show next month. The FT-86 was co-developed with Toyota and Subaru mainly for the drivetrain configuration which consists of a horizontally opposed 4-cylinder engine. Rumors have stated that the engine well now get somewhere north of 260 horsepower. Another recent rumor will tell us that the FT-86 will be available in a hybrid configuration which should include some of the Prius’s inner workings only in a ‘sports car’ form. A Toyota representative even said responding to a question about developing a hybrid sports car, “Why not”, “It’s no secret we’ve been considering a hybrid sports car for a while.”

For years we have all awaited the return of the Toyota Supra, arguably one of the baddest Japanese sports car in our generation. The FT-86 could temporary fill that void reshaping Toyota’s image in the eye of many automotive enthusiasts. Surely the FT-86 is nothing like a Supra, but just think of what it could mean for igniting future sports car developments from Toyota. Between the Lexus LFA and the new FT-86, Toyota has a large gap to fill and we can’t wait to see what they fill it with.

Toyota FT-86/FR-S Will Carry Scion Name w/$25,000 Price Tag 11
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Concept Vehicle, featured, FT-86, FT-86 Concept, News, Scion FR-S, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-86, Toyota FT-86 Concept on 10 11th, 2010

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the new Toyota FT-86 will be badged as a Scion with a price starting around $25,000 when it goes to the market. The name of the vehicle has been reported to be ‘FR-S’ will get a 2.5-liter version of the Subaru 4-cylinder boxer engine powering the rear wheels in the U.S. with other markets will likely get a 2.0-liter version.

The production model Scion FR-S will hopefully be officially revealed at the 2011 New York Auto Show.

[sources: WSJ, Toyobaru.net]