Latest images of Toyota's rear-drive FT-86 show it next to its spiritual predecessors
8 March 2010

Toyota has released new pictures of its FT-86 sports car concept; including a ‘family portrait’ of it next to its spiritual predecessors.

The new set of pictures shows the rear-drive FT-86 next to the Corolla AE86, the Supra and Celica, as well as new detail shots. The FT-86 will be a production reality by 2012, arriving in the UK with a target price of less than £20,000 for the entry-level model.

Seethe new Toyota FT-86 pictures

Autocar recently caught up with the FT-86’s chief designer Jaromir Cech. He said the car’s low bonnet line and ground-hugging appearance were the result of the concept using Subaru’s 2.0-litre boxer engine.

Mechanically, the car is fairly conventional. Toyota hasn’t revealed any official details, but its suspension set-up is probably wishbones at the front and almost certainly multi-link at the rear. The transmission is likely to be a six-speed manual and the chassis will be conventional rear-wheel drive.

What will make it special, claims Toyota, is the ultra-light kerb weight - which may be as low as 1250kg in production trim - its purity of response, its handling agility and the fact it will have a proper limited-slip differential.

Another distinguishing feature will be its interior, and in particular its dashboard, which may even include software that provides data acquisition for a host of race circuits.

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8 March 2010

I'm sure that this will be a great car but i'm not sold on the looks.

8 March 2010

At last ... a manufacturer who takes the trouble to "hand" the wheels for either side of the car. I have a pet hate of wheels which are "rotational", but which only look proper on one side, and which look like ther going backwards on the other side. Porsche in particular have irritated me for years with this. The last company I recall who took the trouble to do "handed" wheels were Honda.

Hooray for Toyota.

8 March 2010

Nice to see a two door Toyota again but I was rather worried @ 3:45 into the video seeing a Windows start up screen on the dash display.

8 March 2010

It does make you wonder what sort of grasp on reality some manufacturers have when they say things like "Ultra light weight 1250kg".

I realise the world has moved on with respect to side impact, roll protection, airbags and so on, but my iron-block engined 5 seater 4wd Sierra XR4x4 from 1991 (also with limited slip differentials) weighs 1250kg too. I would hardly call it ultra light weight!

8 March 2010

Taking safety into account, the last toyota celica in 2006, just 4 years ago was over 100kgs lighter than this monstrosity, it must be lead lined.

Low centre of gravity engine is great, but why a 2.0 turbo in size? they could have got 200bhp from a 1.4 engine, the weight would be much lighter.

8 March 2010

I think it looks fab, hope its a success for Toyota

these days a boring family hatch tips the scales at 1500kg, so it is relatively lightweight

8 March 2010

I have to agree with those saying that 1250kg is just too high. I'd hoped they'd keep it below 1150kg and maybe even scrape it as low as 1050kg. My wife's current new car is a largish saloon car with a 2.5 petrol, 5 seats and weighs 1350kg - I don't think that a 2 litre boxer with around 150-170bhp is going to provide quite enough poke for that weight. I agree with beachland that they could have looked at a forced induction route for a lighter engine allowing them to lighten other components. How can a car that small weight that much? What are they putting in them nowadays?

8 March 2010

[quote Zadster]

It does make you wonder what sort of grasp on reality some manufacturers have when they say things like "Ultra light weight 1250kg".

I realise the world has moved on with respect to side impact, roll protection, airbags and so on, but my iron-block engined 5 seater 4wd Sierra XR4x4 from 1991 (also with limited slip differentials) weighs 1250kg too. I would hardly call it ultra light weight!

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I made a very similar point in the original thread, but I compared it to a MK1 Granada.

Great looking car Toyota but please don't kid us it's lightweight.

8 March 2010

It was a long time since we saw an exciting Toyota.

8 March 2010

Except the Astin Marton Nenet...

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