Finally, after all the spy shots, concepts after concepts and leaks, Toyota has finally taken the covers off of the new production FT-86, known as the GT 86. Toyota says that the rear-wheel-drive 2+2 sports car is still in prototype form and is scheduled for launch in the spring of 2012. The model will be known as the Scion FR-S in the United States.
“With the shared desire to provide the dream and joy of cars, TMC and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (owners of the Subaru-brand) worked together to develop the 86 as a unique rear-wheel-drive vehicle, with intuitive handling, that embodies the essence of driving enjoyment,” Toyota said in a statement.
The Toyota GT 86 measures 4,240mm long, 1,285mm high and 2,570mm wide. The new Toyota GT 86 is built on a new platform with a very aerodynamic bodyshell. Rather than going for a heavy, large capacity powertrain, Toyota has installed a compact, front-mounted, free-revving gasoline engine that drives the rear wheels.
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Power comes from a 2.0 liter 4-clyinder boxer engine making 197-hp at 7,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 151 lb-ft at 6,600 rpm. The engine is mated standard to a 6-speed manual transmission with an available 6-speed automatic transmission “with the feel of a manual.”
“The Toyota GT 86 has been conceived as an entirely driver-focused machine, designed to deliver the core qualities of the classic sports car experience,” Toyota says. “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.”
Hit the jump for the complete list of specifications.
Toyota GT 86 Main Specifications (Production Prototype):
|Height *||1,300 mm *not including antenna base: 1,285mm|
|Horizontally opposed four-cylinder, direct-injection DOHC|
|86 × 86|
|147 kW [200 PS] / 7,000 rpm|
|205 N-m [20.9 kgf-m]/6,600 rpm|
|Fuel tank||50 liters|
|*1According to TMC measurements and targets, *2Six-speed automatic transmission also available|
– By: Omar Rana