2009 Toyota FT-86 ConceptEnlarge Photo
The FT-86 is on all car enthusiasts’ radar. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe started the revival of imported, cheap, rear-wheel-drive sport coupes, in which Toyota responded with their FT-86. So far the car has only appeared in concept form, including a modified version.
The lightweight, reasonably priced coupe was going to revive the lack of sportiness in Toyota’s lineup and remind people of their cars like the Celica or the rear-wheel-drive Corolla GTS. Prices were going to be around the $22,000 range.
Unfortunately, the love affair might be over before it even starts, as Autocar is reporting that the FT-86 might not be as fun as we hope. Writer Peter Lyon points out a discouraging bit of news, “… the R&D team is now more focused on minimizing fuel consumption and producing the cleanest engine possible; the Subaru boxer engine planned for the car is not considered to be that clean or fuel-efficient.”
While the article only discusses the Japanese market, this could indicate that the car could be detuned for other markets to get the results the R&D department is looking for. However, most cars are detuned from the desired when reaches the public.
The entry-level concept seems to slowly be slipping away. The base price, for Japan, will go up about $4,000 dollars according to the article. The price for the more expensive model will be about another $4,000 more. The entry-level concept seems to slowly be slipping away
Price isn’t the only thing that’s going up. The car is going to be marketed to an older age group. The jump will be from 30 year old to 40 year old men. There is no indication if this is just for the Japanese market.
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