Toyota has finally introduced the new sports car in 2011 Tokyo International Motorshow. Formerly known as the FT-86, this “Hatciroku” is the spiritual successor to the legendary AE86 Trueno/Levin car they made two decades ago. It will be known as the GT86 in Europe, while in Japan, it will be known as the 86. In US, it will be badged as Scion FR-S. The rear-drive coupe, co-developed in partnership with Subaru, was designed to be a car for Toyota to be back on the sports car range, which in recent years has developed a reputation for making reliable but dull cars.
Here are the technical details obtained from this machine:
2.0-liter boxer with D4-S injection (direct and port injected)
197 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) @6,600 rpm
6-speed manual or automatic transmissions
17-inch wheel/tire package standard
4,240mm (167 in.) long, 1285mm (50.6 in.) high, 2,570mm (101 in.) wide
53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution
475mm (18.7 in.) center of gravity
Here are some images we gathered on the new 86. Although honestly, I prefer the looks of the FT-86 concept much more, but this is still a gorgeous looking machine. It is never too late for Toyota to redeemed their status where the AE86, Supra, MR2 and Celica gave before. Though the estimated pricing in the UK is around 28,000 pounds which is nearing a Mitsubishi Evo price, hence it is not that affordable as we could want it to be. But with a huge potential to modify it from Toyota’s tuner, TRD, and various aftermarket tuners like HKS, it seems the era of Japanese sports car is coming back.
Finally, here are some videos of the 86 for your enjoyment.