The web of corporate ties that entangles Subaru, Fuji Heavy Industry, and Toyota isn't of any real concern to use beyond how it'll be tugged to produce the most (only?) interesting Toyota in more than a decade, and its spicier Subaru counterpart. Today, words from Fuji Heavy Industry president Ikuo Mori are circulating, revealing the FT-86 is on target for a late 2011 launch.
That's no surprise, really, but a few of the details dropped are a bit disconcerting. When we think of a reborn AE86 in modern Toyobaru form, we don't think of "very comfortable" and "fuel efficient" as the key buzzwords. That's what Mori highlights, however.
He also throws out an aside that the car will feature a 2.0-liter, 260-horsepower turbo boxer four paired to a six-speed manny tranny driving the rear wheels--again, expected, but fair confirmation from a solid source. The Toyota version is expected to be a bit sleepier and naturally aspirated.
If you can't read Japanese, be sure to bring along your favorite translator should you hit the link below for the original interview.