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zoomzoomers 11-26-2011 09:12 PM

FT-86 Concept becomes Toyota 86 reality as new sports car is unveiled
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Just thought I'd post this as I just saw it online. BTW, this is my 1st post and have learned a lot from this forum and it's members. Thanks.

FT-86 Concept becomes GT 86 reality as new Toyota sports car is unveiled

November 27th, 2011 Grant Wilson

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the next Toyota sports car ever since we saw the FT-86 concept, and we know you have too. The original concept was unveiled towards the end of 2009, and was followed by the mean-looking FT-86 II concept at the 2011 Geneva motor show.
But now the wait is over. Making its world debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, we are thrilled to introduce you to Toyota’s new sports car: the GT 86.
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.
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.
This four-cylinder “boxer” unit generates 197bhp at 7,000rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm at 6,600rpm, giving 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.
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.
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, aluminum pedals.
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. Until then, visit our new

Enjoy! :thumbup:

Dark 11-26-2011 09:14 PM

Holy crap, Official pictures? Best first post ever. :D

Love it, love it.

R_E_L 11-26-2011 09:16 PM

haha a 1 letter name change for the official name. i guess they decided to reference the 2000gt after all

zoomzoomers 11-26-2011 09:16 PM


Originally Posted by Dark (Post 79672)
Holy crap, Official pictures? Best first post ever. :D

Love it, love it.

Thanks! I'm glad I could post something of use. I think this or the BRZ will be my next car. I remember reading of this car a few years back but lost interest as news faded, but I'm totally back! I will be in the market for a new car May of '12 and I think this will have to be IT!

Nerfie 11-26-2011 09:18 PM

Aww you beat me to it! By a whole minute!

Kazama 11-26-2011 09:21 PM


Originally Posted by Nerfie (Post 79677)
Aww you beat me to it! By a whole minute!

lol have to be fast at this forum:D

Dark 11-26-2011 09:23 PM

More pictures here.

zoomzoomers 11-26-2011 09:23 PM

Now the wait for the NA version begins! I hope we don't get the shaft as usual and get the same version as the EU and Asian mkts.

Dark 11-26-2011 09:25 PM

How comes Toyota put "TOYOTA" badge on the lower left of trunk? It looks off that way.

iff2mastamatt 11-26-2011 09:29 PM

I'm loving these pics. If the Scion looks like this, TAKE MY MONEY!

zoomzoomers 11-26-2011 09:31 PM

1180kgs = 2,601 lbs!!! YES!!!

I hope LED DRL's will make it to the states.

FREDUKE 11-26-2011 09:32 PM


Fortunate Few 11-26-2011 09:34 PM

Jizzed again!

old greg 11-26-2011 09:40 PM


Originally Posted by zoomzoomers (Post 79691)
1180kgs = 2,601 lbs


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