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Subaru BRZ Concept to Debut at LA Auto Show 22
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in auto show, Automotive, News, Scion FR-S, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-86, Toyota FT-86 Concept, Toyota FT-86 II Concept on 09 22nd, 2011

Subaru’s FT-86 (Scion FRS) equivalent is reportedly set to debut at the upcoming LA Auto Show in November. The exterior sheet metal of the Subaru BRZ Concept will be mostly unrelated to the actual production version when it hits the floor of the LA convention center.

As we have reported previously, the Subaru BRZ will be jointly-developed with Toyota’s FT-86 (Scion FRS in the USA) and share virtually identical chassis and powertrains. Powering the BRZ and FT-86 will be a 2.0-liter direct-injected boxer 4-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.

The “real” look of the BRZ will not be revealed until the Tokyo Motor Show when we should expect the Scion FRS to show its true production face. Also reported recently, the Scion FRS (Toyota in other world markets) variation will be a de-contented version when compared to the Subaru BRZ featuring more standard equipment.

Both vehicles will have a center of gravity lower than most exotic and sports cars currently on the market making it a true competitor on the track against other vehicles in its class.


[Source: Car and Driver]

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 II Concept Teaser Photo Released 26
Posted by Larry in Automotive, News, Scion, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-86, Toyota FT-86 Concept, Toyota FT-86 II Concept on 01 26th, 2011

Automotive enthusiasts and journalists are expecting to see the new Toyota FT-86 Concept in the flesh at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show in March. To spice things up a bit, Toyota has released a teaser photo of a FT-86 II Concept variant. So far no specific details have been released on this new ‘II’ edition of the FT-86 Concept, obviously based off of the original FT-86 Concept design, which will supposedly be branded as a Scion to reach young buyers when it makes its official debut.

Could this FT-86 II Concept be a 300-plus horsepower version of the new Toyota? The Subaru version of the FT-86 Concept is slated to get a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat 4-cyl good for about 260 horsepower. We may not know the significance of this photo until the Geneva Auto Show. Until then, keep your fingers crossed it is something ‘good’ to finally resurrect that sportiness that has been missing from Toyota ever since the Supra in 98’.

[source: Toyota]