2009 Toyota FT-86 ConceptEnlarge Photo
The 2011 Toyota FT-86 started out as one of the most anticipated all-new cars coming out in the near future. As the months rolled on, the car moved upmarket from its original sub-$20,000 dollar price and youth-focused design. This change could dilute the car’s original tuner-friendly, minimalistic design into something heavier and bloated with unneeded options. The Subaru version is fairing even worse, especially without any all-wheel-drive system.
Now Road & Track is reporting that because of this move, Toyota is now working on a sub-$20,000 version of the FT-86, which the publication is dubbing the “baby” FT-86 which will be a “milder sports car.”
The car will retain the front engine, rear-wheel-drive layout that most enthusiasts expect from a true GT car. Instead of a 2.0L Boxer engine, the car will receive a more Toyota -like 1.5L inline-four engine that only produces 109 hp and 103 ft lbs of torque. This is not good, considering that this new car will ride on a 109 inch wheelbase, 4 inches longer than the FT-86 concept, so it’s going to have to be considerably light.
The car is sounding an awful lot like the AE86 Corolla GTS’s underpowered sibling, the SR5. The car shared the body of the GTS, but came with an economical single-cam engine, softer suspension and no limited slip differential.
All this sounds like it wouldn’t sell in the U.S. Market without an increase in horsepower and torque. We’d guess that this baby FT-86 being reported would be exclusively sold in Japan.
[Source: Road & Track]