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It has become popular for auto manufacturers to pre-lauch their cars in Grand Turismo, following the steps of Mitshbishi, with the Evo, Ferrari California to name a few, Toyota is following the same steps.

The FT-86 will be featured in the upcoming release of Gran Turismo 5 due out at the end of this year.

GT5 was in display at the Tokyo Auto Show.


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Report: Subaru Working On Hot STI Version of Joint Sports Coupe

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Spy shots have caught the car running around in what looks a lot more like Subaru guise than the Toyota FT-86 concept version revealed earlier this month, and talk of a special high-output model has been around almost as long as rumors of the new Subaru coupe have. But a new report cuts through the innuendo and claims an STI--Subaru Tecnica International, Subaru's in-house performance division--treatment that's good for 250 horsepower is already in the works.

According to the newest report, the up-rated car still won't be turbocharged, however, with a 2.5-liter boxer engine doing the work. The extra half liter over the expected standard 2.0-liter engine will translate into not very much more weight, so the extra 50 horsepower will be easily felt.

Adding the cost, weight and complexity of a turbocharger would likely push the price too high and require output closer to 300 horsepower in order to achieve the desired performance. On the other hand, turbocharged cars are more easily modified for greater performance, and adding to the stock Subaru configuration is a long-standing tradition with die-hard brand loyalists.

One possibility is that Subaru will introduce two up-rated models, much like the Impreza line features the WRX and STI. A 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated 250-horsepower car could slot between the base 2.0-liter car and a turbocharged version rated at up to 300 horsepower. In this scenario, the highest-performance model, much like the Impreza WRX STI would be targeted at a limited audience, and would command a premium price.

We don't expect to see the new Subaru version of the joint sports coupe until the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, but it should appear in concept form before then. The Subaru version hasn't yet been officially approved for production, however, meaning that all of these plans might yet come to naught.

If the car is built, expect it to feature a standard six-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive and a starting price under $25,000 for the base 2.0-liter car.
Report: Subaru Working On Hot STI Version of Joint Sports Coupe - MotorAuthority
 

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Something VERY significant about the above video: About 33 seconds into it, an underhood shot reveals D4-S BOXER lettering on the red engine cover. Boxer, of course, is an allusion to the Subaru flat-4 boxer engine. D4-S is one of three direct injection systems Toyota and lexus use in its vehicles.

D4 is direct injection-only, as used in the Lexus IS 250, the 2006 GS 300 and a number of Japanese Domestic Market 4 and 6-cylinder Toyotas, past and present.

D4-D is, presumably, the system used for European-market diesels, such as the Lexus IS 220d.

D4-S is the Superior dual port plus direct injector system used on the IS 350 and current Lexus V8s. It seems that the Toyobaru coupe will get the crème de la crème system. :approve:
 

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FT-86 Revealed!

Tokyo 2009: Toyota unveils FT-86 Concept, keeps mum on details — Autoblog

It looks like Toyota knows where they need to go to remain successful. At the lower end of the market, there haven't been many "fun" cars recently (thanks a lot Honda for getting rid of the S2000, the Prelude, and pretty much anything else that appealed to drivers).

It's been a while since Toyota has offered a RWD sports car, and even longer since they've offered one that's been affordable. There was a time when they had serious offerings such as the Supra and MR2 (not including the previous model). It's been even longer since they've had a RWD sports car that's been affordable. The segment is important since it appeals to younger buyers who want something sporty and fun to drive without breaking the bank. Presumably these buyers will remain loyal to the brand moving up the Toyota/Lexus ranks.

On a personal level, i'm excited to see the re-emergence of sportier cars. For too many years we've seen automakers focus on SUVs and other vehicles which de-emphasized the spirit of driving. Vehicles were made to be large and rugged with little thought to making driving fun and enjoyable.

I can't wait to see the Subaru version of the FT-86, and hope that perhaps they'll do something creative (4-door). In any case, I believe that we're re-entering into exciting times for automotive enthusiasts.
 

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Something VERY significant about the above video: About 33 seconds into it, an underhood shot reveals D4-S BOXER lettering on the red engine cover. Boxer, of course, is an allusion to the Subaru flat-4 boxer engine. D4-S is one of three direct injection systems Toyota and lexus use in its vehicles.
Yup! Good Eye!!! I had it in mind to comment about it! But with trying to cut and paste the links and my 3 year old daughter doing hot laps around me...it slipped!
 

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Looks nice. Now will it be as nice inside as it is outside? Toyotas interiors kind of suck. :(
(referring to the Camry, Corolla, Matrix, etc..)
 

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Toyota Celica or Scion tC? Toyota reportedly deliberating over production FT-86 namep

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Although the Toyota FT-86, freshly unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, is billed strictly as a concept car, we're fully expecting the rear-wheel-drive coupe to foreshadow a new production car from Toyota. The question on everyone's lips, then, is what Toyota will call the final version when it hits the market.

Some reports are indicating that Toyota will revive the Celica nameplate, a name which still carries a certain following among Japanese sportscar fans even though it hasn't been used in four years. Other reports are suggest that when the production FT-86 reaches American shores, it will act as a replacement for the current Scion tC. Both the models, in their last iterations, were front-drive models, but that may not be a factor in determining the vehicle's name.

So which is true? Only time will tell, but both reports could ultimately prove accurate. Even if Toyota does decide to badge the FT-86 a Scion, the youth-oriented brand is only active in the North American market, meaning that the Japanese automaker will still need another name for use in its domestic market and others overseas. Which name would appeal to you more?
Toyota Celica or Scion tC? Toyota reportedly deliberating over production FT-86 nameplate — Autoblog
 

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Rendered Speculation: JDM rumormill reports Subaru's FT-86 will get turbo power, AWD



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The crew from Japan's BestCar magazine have apparently taken the initial pics of the Toyota FT-86 concept and grafted a unique nose, rear fascia and wheels onto ToMoCo's new sports coupe, and while the result is less-than-fetching, the accompanying report offers a pseudo-confirmation of what's been suspected all along.

According to BestCar's (notoriously unnamed) sources, the Subaru coupe (internally dubbed 216A) will come equipped with all-wheel drive, and a choice of two engines in Japan – the 250-horsepower 2.0-liter EJ20 or the worked over, 300-hp boxer four from the WRX STI.

Naturally, the additional kit will result in a substantial price increase over the Toyota version, not to mention a 220-power weight penalty courtesy of its AWD drivetrain.

There's also talk of a slight increase in height, width and wheelbase, but no word on whether the Subaru coupe will make it to U.S. shores. If it does, expect it to arrive sometime after its introduction in Japan in 2011, with a price tag somewhere around the $30,000 mark.
Rendered Speculation: JDM rumormill reports Subaru's FT-86 will get turbo power, AWD — Autoblog
 

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i hope its not a concept, and i also hope it doesn't replace the tc. i really appreciate the tc as it is, and would hate to see it replaced, instead of just adding another car to the market..
 

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Report: Convertible Planned For Toyota And Subaru Joint-Sports Car

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Toyota and Subaru confirmed as far back as April of last year that the two companies would collaborate on the development of a new affordable sports car.

Up until now, however, all the reports have concerned a coupe model, which Toyota even previewed earlier this month with its FT-86 concept car. According to a new report, Toyota and Subaru may launch a convertible version as well.

Speaking with AutoTelegraaf, a senior official at Toyota revealed that the automaker may launch if a convertible version of its upcoming sports car if demand was strong enough. The official also revealed that no name has been picked for the car, which some reports have suggested may revive the Celica nameplate.

Base models will be strictly rear-wheel drive and have a power output of around 220-horsepower coming from a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter ‘boxer’ engine. Though no official details have been released, it’s expected that an all-wheel drive flagship with 300-horsepower from a turbocharged version of this engine will be available as well. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, although an automatic is also expected to be available.

While the Toyota version of the sports car, in coupe form, is due to go on sale next year, the convertible, if given the green light, should be launched a year later.

Report: Convertible Planned For Toyota And Subaru Joint-Sports Car - MotorAuthority
 

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^^ the convertible... that's not waht we wanna see...at least this is what i think.. i hate convertible.... it kills the look of most cars a add a ton of weight...... what we want is a Turbo engine for a decent price.....
 

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Listen to that!
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Toyota garnered a lot of attention at this year's Tokyo Motor Show with the debut of the FT-86 concept. And they weren't about to let it slip past them, either. As part of the spectacle, they played the sounds of the prototype supposedly rounding the Nürburgring.

The FT-86 is being jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru, the former providing the platform and the latter the engine, among other components. The thing is, as our JDM-loving compatriots over at 7Tune point out, the engine noise piped in doesn't sound much like a boxer four.

Of course, that kind of deducing poses more questions than it answers: Is Toyota planning a different engine for its version of the so-called Toyobaru sports-coupe? Is Subaru's hesitation prompting Toyota to make its own plans? Did they not like how the engine sounded and opt to pipe in another soundtrack altogether? We can only speculate, but if you listen to the audio in the video clip after the jump and have your own idea, we're all ears.
 

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FT86= New LFA????? or is it the car of hopes and dreams? destined to join the ranks of the supra, Rx7, and 3000gt? either way, knowing toyota it'll take 5-10 years to find out.
 

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Knowing Toyota we won't hear anything about this car for a while... then suddenly there will be a full production model announced at an upcoming autoshow a week away. :rolleyes:

Toyota seems to be great at keeping secrets.
 

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Rumormill: Subaru version of Toyota FT-86 to be bigger, get substantially more power

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While most sports car fans everywhere are waiting with bated breath for the new Toyota FT-86 to arrive from the Land of the Rising Sun, some of us are a little bit more excited about the car's Subaru cousin. Why is that, especially considering that the FT-86 appears to be kinda just what the doctor ordered (rear-wheel drive, 200 horsepower, light, cheap)? Well, for one thing, Subarus are all-wheel drive. And while rear-wheel driven sports cars definitely have their charms (earlier rumors even suggested that Fuji Heavy (i.e. Subaru) was even caving and going rear-drive with its version of the Toyobaru), there's really little in life as fun as blasting down a gravel road at a seemingly unsafe clip while kicking up mountainous clouds of dust. Plus, you know, rain and all that.

Then there's the engine. Our pals at Inside Line are reporting that the Subaru iteration of the FT-86 will have more power – 250 hp according to them. Using Jeremy Clarkson-style logic, 250 hp is better than 200 hp. Because it's more. IL claims that the Toyobaru will use a version of the just-developed-for-the-FT-86 flat-four 2.0-liter engine – supposedly naturally aspirated like in the FT-86.

But here's the thing – the smallest engine Subaru offers American consumers these days is a 2.5-liter boxer. And that motor, turbo-tuned for WRX duty, makes 265 hp (though we've driven it and we'd wager it kicks out a bit more than that). Why would Subaru put a smaller, weaker engine into a $30,000 coupe ($30,000 according to the IL article) than the motor they stick in the $25,000 WRX? Exactly –we don't think they would.

Inside Line also says the Subaru version will be larger than the Toyota car because of a "stretched platform." We're not sure if that means longer or wider – or both – but we'd err on the side of longer, as in more backseat room. What we're looking at then, is a big-ish, AWD coupe with a lot of power. Can you say 2011 SVX? We knew you could.

Rumormill: Subaru version of Toyota FT-86 to be bigger, get substantially more power, AWD — Autoblog
 
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