After waiting for many years and looking at leaked photos and concepts after concepts of the Toyota FT-86 Concept, Toyota has finally revealed the production model called the Toyota GT 86 when it debuts at next week’s Tokyo Motor Show.
Even though Toyota revealed the Toyota GT 86 sports car early, the company says that the rear-wheel-drive 2+2 sports car is still in prototype form and won’t be ready to launch until spring of 2012. Elsewhere in the world, the sports car will be called the Toyota GT 86, but it 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,” stated Toyota.
The Toyota GT 86 sports car weighs in at about 2,662 pounds, and it measures at 4,240 mm long, 1,285 mm high and 2,570 mm wide. Everything about the Toyota GT 86 sports car is started from the ground up. It is designed with a new platform featuring an aerodynamic body structure.
To keep the Toyota GT 86 sports car compact and light, it will be equipped with a 2.0-liter four-clyinder boxer engine producing 197 horsepower at 7,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 151 lb-ft at 6,600 rpm. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission with an available 6-speed automatic transmission that sort of mimics the feeling of a manual transmission, according to Toyota.
“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.”
So there you have it, the Toyota GT 86 sports car for you to gaze on. No more sobbing and complaining from now on. Well, unless Toyota decides to change things at the last minute. After all, this is still a prototype.