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Boxer Engine-Themed Toyota FT-86 Logo Leaked?

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If you've been following the hubbub and ballyhoo around the development of Toyota's next rear-drive coupe, code-named the FT-86 and rumored to be called the FR-S in production, you're aware of its on-again, off-again, it's coming, but we don't know exactly when or what, path. The latest news spins things around once again, with a logo using the 86 name and a stylized boxer engine theme.

The new logo was uncovered by Car and Driver, and shows a pair of horizontally opposed pistons flanking a circular "86" emblem. The 86, for those not in the know, refers to the FT-86/FR-S's spiritual predecessor, the AE86 Corolla Levin/Trueno, a rear-drive coupe/hatch popular with enthusiasts to this day.

So what does this mean for the FT-86's production reality? If the logo proves to be the real deal, it means the FR-S name is almost certainly out, and some variant using 86 is in. As for the car itself, we're still waiting on a debut, expected sometime late next year for 2012 sale.

[Car and Driver]

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  1. This looks like "SS" not "86" to me.
     
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  2. Yeah.. hope this does seal Subaru's boxer four as engine of choice for FT86. There's no denying it's an epic engine.
     
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  3. To me it looks like 4 lines. How is anyone seeing 86 in that? You have to getting me. Toyota is taking way to long to show this car. I have been reading about this car since 2008. WTF.
     
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  4. There are probably a dozen designers in Toyota do branding and graphic design, and possibly a dozen external companies and consultants contracted to Toyota for branding and graphic, each of them may contribute a dozen design studies and most end up in trash bean. Even if the revealed logo does come from these sources and not some fan work posted on the internet, it still means very little.
     
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