Thursday September 9, 2010 12:15

Now why didn’t anyone think of this earlier!  Instead of relying on hearsay from the bevy of automotive publications and websites FT-86 rumors and speculations, forum member nate89 simply e-mailed Toyota USA to lobby that the car be brought to market.  This was Toyota’s response:

Thank you for contacting Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
We appreciate your interest in the FT-86!
Please note: Toyota and Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru, have jointly develop a compact rear-wheel-drive sports car that will utilize Subaru’s “boxer” engine technologies and is targeted to be brought to market by the end of 2011.

Sure, the response may be a general response sent to all inquiries regarding the FT-86, but at the very least it still officially refers to a target market introduction date “by the end of 2011.”  This debunks the previous panic inducing rumors floating around the internet that the FT-86 was delayed until 2013 or even cancelled. [DISCUSSIONS HERE]

Subaru continues to maintain that their version of the FT-86 is still in the works and will come to market. The following just came from Automotive News.

Quote:
Here are Subaru’s product plans:

Sporty coupe: The lightweight two-door being developed with Toyota will give Subaru a needed image vehicle. The exterior of Subaru’s version will differ from the Toyota. The rear-drive coupe is expected to be available with either Subaru’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine or the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine from the Impreza STI. It is unclear whether the car will be a 2012 or 2013 model.

Currently, all Subarus have all-wheel drive. It isn’t known whether the new sports car will have that feature.

So it’s not new info, but like the recent spy photos, it’s more support that the Subaru FT-86 model equivalent continues development towards eventual production.  [DISCUSS HERE]

Friday September 3, 2010 03:02

There’s a report coming out of Carsguide that a sedan version of the FT-86 has also been given the green light. The reasoning behind this move is to act as an insurance policy to cover potential shortfalls in FT-86 coupe sales. No specific source was named other than a “source close to Toyota.”

This does make some sense to us as the platform, powertrain, and mechanicals from the FT-86 would be already developed and easily adapted to a sedan model based on the same, which can potentially increase overall sales for Toyota based off of just one platform.

> Discussions and Report INSIDE.

Wednesday September 1, 2010 02:24

It’s been a long while since we’ve seen any sightings of Subaru’s version of the FT-86. The last time was this VIDEO and PHOTO. But this time the Subaru FT-86 has been spotted testing in the US Southwest! And it appears to be the STi version!

This test car is still wearing the bizarre bodywork spotted on the previous test mules, but the one main visual difference is the prominent hood bump. Normally that would be to clearance a top-mounted intercooler, or a supercharger, but we’re pretty sure we can see a front-mounted intercooler peaking out from the lower fascia opening. This is likely the STI-spec powertrain/chassis mule!

[Full set of photos here]

Wednesday August 25, 2010 19:40

HERE is a video one of our members kindly sent us. It shows the Toyota FT-86 concept being displayed at the Le Rendez-Vous Toyota showroom in the heart of Paris (located on the Champs-Elysees Avenue). The Paris motor show is right around the corner (first week of October) so perhaps the concept will be making an appearance (along with additional info hopefully).

For those of you who have not had the chance to see this showroom before, it’s a beautiful showroom located in a very heavily trafficked area of the Champs Elysees area with tons of locals and tourists passing at any given time.

This is some great exposure for the FT-86 in our opinion and it’s good to see the concept car making its way around the world! Click below for the video.

A new report coming from Autocar claims that the Subaru version of the FT-86 version could be powered by up to 60 horsepowers more than the Toyota FT-86. How does this compute?

Well, the Subaru version is speculated to feature a version of the Impreza STi’s turbocharged motor with approximately 260hp, compared to the FT-86′s retuned Subaru 2.0L flat four motor good for approximately 200hp.

See INSIDE for the full details of this bit of news/rumor, and to discuss.

A representative from 7tune was recently invited to a Toyota press day for G’s, the sports vehicle oriented arm of Toyota Japan. They were given access to Toyota’s innermost engineers and sports department managers. Naturally, the FT-86 topic came up quickly. This is what they have shared with us here [full details].

Summary:
- 20 min. Q&A with Dr. Shigeyuki Hori, Project General Manager for the Sports Vehicle Management division and Kazuo Okino, Group manager for the same division
- FT-86 development schedule is on time (confirmed categorically) and alleged release delays (until 2013) are false
- Toyota reiterated its intent to release the car by the previously appointed date, in November 2011
- Development is 50% complete
- Target price remains steady for mid-level spec FT-86 – approximately 2.5 million yen (approximate $29,000 USD) for Japan Market
- No decision yet on turbocharging
- Production version overall body shape and design will remain virtually unchanged from concept model
- No hybrid version being considered (whew!)

>> [FULL DISCUSSION HERE] <<

Fans of the Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept can continue holding out hope that a production version may be built at some point. Toyota Australia has just confirmed that the Turbo FT-86 G Sports Concept which was revealed at the last Tokyo Auto Salon will make its Australian debut at this year’s Australian International Motor Show, which will take place in Sydney October 14-24. [DISCUSSIONS HERE]

Based on the FT-86 concept unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show late last year, this modified, turbo-charged show-piece was developed to help promote Toyota’s new G Sports styling kits, exclusive to the Japanese market.

At the launch of the original FT-86 concept in Tokyo, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said the company needed to reconnect with younger buyers by producing fun-to-drive models.

Please see HERE for more INFO and PICS on the FT-86 G Sports Concept.