Toyota sources have indicated that the all-new Toyota GT 86 coupé will cost less than £28,000 when it reaches the UK next summer.
Earlier this week Autocar learned that the Japanese manufacturer was considering a £28k price tag for its coupé, which was significantly more than the £22,000 cost that had been originally expected.
Now company insiders suggest that a mid-£20k price is more likely for the 143mph rear-drive machine, which will be launched at the Tokyo motor show this week.
GT 86 is the name for the coupe in Europe, as a tribute to the Corolla Levin AE86. In Japan the new car will simply be known as ‘86’ and US models will be called FR-S and sold under Toyota’s Scion sub-brand. The rear-drive coupe had been known as FT-86 throughout its development.
Full technical details of the GT 86, which makes its world debut at this week’s Tokyo motor show alongside its co-developed Subaru BRZ sibling, reveal its 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine produces 197bhp at 7000rpm and 151lb ft at 6600rpm. Top speed for the 1180kg front-engined coupe is likely to be around 155mph.
The GT 86 can be ordered with either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto gearbox, the latter being controlled via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. A limited-slip differential also features.
Toyota claims the GT 86’s dimensions of 4240mm in length and 1285mm in height (no width figure has been released) make it the most compact four-seat sports car in the world. It has an ultra-low centre of gravity, rated at just 475mm.
The powertrain and driving position have been set as low and as far back as possible to optimise balance, giving the car a 53/47 weight distribution. The GT 86 features MacPherson strut front suspension and rear double wishbone suspension, and will ride on 17in wheels.
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