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Toyota GT 86 (FT-86) First Official Photos Revealed in Advance of Tokyo Debut

Written by: Motor Trend Staff on November 26 2011 7:12 PM







The long, torturous wait is almost over. The Toyota/Subaru joint rear-drive sport coupe is finally becoming a reality after years of teasing and tantalizing development that has seen three separately badged concept and near-production cars — the FT-86, Scion FR-S, and Subaru BRZ — revealed, driven and otherwise paraded around in one form or another over the past six months. Now, we have yet another moniker, the GT 86, which is what the car will officially be called in Europe.
Toyota says the name GT 86 is a nod to the brand’s GT days in Europe when the Corolla GT (or Levin) AE86, was winning British Touring Car championships and rally events in the 1980s. The GT 86 is taking the stage at next week’s 2011 Tokyo auto show, roughly two years after the first concept took the stage at the 2009 Tokyo show. At this point it’s unclear if the FT-86 name will be used at all, we’ll know more shortly.
In European-spec trim, the GT 86 outputs 197 horsepower at 7000 rpm, and 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) at 6,600 rpm from Subaru’s updated 2.0-liter Boxer four with a12.5:1 compression ratio and Toyota’s D-4S injection technology added on to help better deliver power across the rev range.
The engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and a limited-slip differential will help put the power down to the rear wheels. So far we don’t have any official performance estimates, but the car is rumored to be able to hit 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds.
So for now, here’s the first official photos and press release from Toyota. We’ll have more on the GT 86 direct from Tokyo, so stay tuned.
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MORE PASSION, MORE FUN: TOYOTA RECAPTURES THE JOY OF DRIVING
World debut for Toyota GT 86 sports car at the Tokyo motor show
KEY POINTS
  • Entirely driver-focused sports car, designed to recapture the fundamental joys of motoring
  • World’s most compact four-seater sports car, delivering very low centre of gravity and excellent power-to-weight ratio
  • A return to Toyota’s sporting roots, with a front-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive package
  • Powertrain combines 197bhp 2.0-litre flat-four boxer engine with torque-enhancing D-4S injection technology
  • Design achieves outstanding aerodynamics while recalling Toyota’s sports car heritage
  • New car to be called the GT 86 in Europe, in tribute to Toyota’s GT car heritag
  • On sale in the UK in June 2012
The anticipation is over: Toyota’s new GT 86 sports car makes its world debut at the Tokyo motor show on November 30. The compact 2+2 model, one of the most keenly awaited new cars of the coming year, will go on sale in the UK in June 2012.
The GT 86 has been conceived as an entirely driver-focused machine, designed to deliver the core qualities of the classic sports car experience. That means precise, instant response to the smallest throttle and steering inputs and the kind of performance that appeals to those for whom driving is a passion, not a necessity.
The GT 86 is built on a new platform, with a highly aerodynamic bodyshell stretched tight over the car’s mechanical elements. Rather than fitting a heavy, large capacity powertrain, Toyota has opted instead to go back to its sporting roots, installing a compact, front-mounted, free-revving petrol engine that drives the rear wheels.
This four-cylinder “boxer” unit generates 197bhp at 7,000rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm at 6,600rpm, giving the GT 86 brisk, engaging performance.
The powertrain is matched to the world’s most compact four-seat design to create a car that benefits from light weight, low inertia and a low centre of gravity to achieve the best possible power-to-weight ratio. For the driver that means lively, accessible performance and dynamic character with minimal intrusion from electronic systems.
Packaging

The GT 86 measures 4,240mm long, 1,285mm high and 2,570mm wide, dimensions which make it the most compact four-seater sports car available today.
Both the powertrain and the driving position have been set as low and as far back as possible to achieve the best balance: the car has a near-perfect 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution. The flat-four engine format and the driver’s hip point – the lowest of any current Toyota production model – together give the GT 86 an ultra-low centre of gravity, at just 475mm.
The GT 86 makes the most of a light kerb weight, making it easy for drivers to exploit its nimble handling and cornering poise. The suspension features MacPherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear. The car rides on 17-inch wheels and is fitted with ventilated disc brakes fore and aft.
World’s first horizontally opposed engine with D-4S

The GT 86’s engine is the result of a joint Toyota and Subaru development programme that brings together their technical know-how and mutual passion for sports cars.
Toyota has added its D-4S injection technology to Subaru’s new, horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated 1,998cc four-cylinder boxer engine. This system features separate twin injectors for both direct and port injection, and a high 12.5:1 compression ratio, increasing power and torque across a wide range of engine speeds without sacrificing fuel efficiency and environmental performance.
The flat-four engine has equal bore and stroke of 86.0mm and drives through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The manual offers quick, precise shifts using a tactile, short-throw lever; the automatic transmission can be controlled using paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel.
Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential to give the best possible grip in all driving conditions. The ABS and switchable vehicle stability control systems have been tuned specifically to deliver dynamic stability at the limit of the car’s performance envelope with minimal electronic intervention to help preserve the purity of the driving experience.
Design

The design of the GT 86 successfully works within the technical constraints of achieving the most compact dimensions possible, a low centre of gravity and aerodynamic performance inspired by motorsport technology, while also displaying evocative, sweeping styling that recalls Toyota’s sports car heritage.
Toyota’s new design language informs the styling, as in the way attention is focused on the lower part of the car with the large lower grille. Elsewhere the “keen” approach can be witnessed in the clear, expressive lines.
The lower grille’s “scorpion” look gives the GT 86 a more powerful appearance, with further sporting details including the model-specific 17-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, twin exhausts and the “86” piston logo that denotes the car’s special powertrain configuration.
On board, the ergonomics and function of every element the driver interacts with have been scrutinised to make driving the car as natural, instinctive and rewarding as possible. For example, the steering wheel has a 365mm diameter, making it the smallest ever fitted to a Toyota, and it is trimmed in buckskin, developed from exhaustive feedback from test drivers on how to achieve the best steering performance and grip.
The three-meter instrument cluster is arranged around a large tachometer, its design benefiting from close attention to the positioning of the displays, markings and typeface. The result is the best possible visibility and readability. The driver-focus of the cockpit is further reinforced by the carbon-effect trim, all-black roof lining, red stitching on the upholstery, aviation-style rocker switches and lightweight, aluminium pedals.
Toyota’s 50-year sports car heritage

The GT 86 may be launched as the world’s only current sports car to feature a front-mounted, horizontally opposed engine and rear-wheel drive, but it cannot claim to be the first. That honour is held by Toyota’s two-cylinder boxer-engined Sports 800, which the company began developing in 1962. Since then, Toyota has established a long history of producing exciting, driver-focused sports cars with a front-engine, rear-wheel drive format that have proved as popular with the public as they have been successful in competition.
The beautiful 2000 GT, a coupe powered by a 2.0-litre straight-six engine, was first displayed at the 1965 Tokyo motor show and helped establish Toyota’s global reputation as a sports car manufacturer.
Launched in 1971, the first Celica models featured rear-wheel drive powertrains and were praised by enthusiasts for their agility. All four Supra generations came with straight-six engines and rear-wheel drive, while from 1984 the MR2 won recognition as one of the best handling sports cars in motoring history.
The inspiration for the GT 86, however, is the Corolla GT (or Levin) AE86, a car with an enduring reputation for delivering sheer excitement and capturing the fundamental joy of driving. Its front-engine, rear-wheel drive package, compact dimensions, light weight, impeccable balance and superior power-to-weight ratio made it a must-have choice for rallying and circuit driving throughout its production life, from 1983 to 1987. Here in the UK the GT claimed two British Touring Car Championship titles and a series of top-level rally victories.
The GT 86 is a genuinely lightweight machine that offers the intimacy and involvement of a car that can be driven as though an extension of the driver’s body. In this way, it perfectly recaptures the exhilarating spirit of the last of the AE86. And, with numerous customisable parts, its shares its predecessor’s aim to be an affordable car that will evolve with its owner.





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I have no doubt, mechanically, they are incredible machines. But aesthetically, Japanese can't design that are as sexy and desirable as the Italians. This looks like a tarted version of the old Toyota Celica.
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If you are looking at Japanese sports car, you should at least check this out - 2012 Nissan GT-R.

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I have no doubt, mechanically, they are incredible machines. But aesthetically, Japanese can't design that are as sexy and desirable as the Italians. This looks like a tarted version of the old Toyota Celica.
Japanese designs tend to attempt a balance form vs function. And their reliability also put limitations on design as it has to be machinable and also stick to fine tolerances under mass production.

Anyway, the GT86 is supposed to be the spiritual successor to the 1967 Toyota 2000GT in terms of styling.



And to the 1983 AE86 Trueno in terms of driving pedigree.

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Japanese designs tend to attempt a balance form vs function. And their reliability also put limitations on design as it has to be machinable and also stick to fine tolerances under mass production.
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Does this mean Italian cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini, and German cars like BMW and Porche, that look so appealing but somehow possess exactly the opposite qualities? I beg to differ.

Good engineering can go hand in hand with good beautiful stylish design. Japanese just do not have a flair for designing cars that look good. A good example is the Subaru WRX and the Mitsubishi EVO. Both are fantastic performance cars and very driveable road cars. But aesthetically they are just don't turn heads, apart from the 'boom boom' from their exhaust.

Lexus is another company (also owned by Toyota) that design and build great cars but their looks are abysmal to say the least. They have been trying for years to compete with BMW. Engineering wise, they are as good or even better than the Germans but have perpetually failed dismally in the looks department.

I can go on and on but at the end of the day, Japanese cars appeal to the masses because they are neither ugly nor beautiful and they work. Mundane looking cars do sell. After all, isn't that the game??
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Toyota 86 coming to Singapore mid-2012

By Tony Ng

Toyota's sports coupe 86 will likely be coming to Singapore in the middle of next year.

Its distributor here, Borneo Motors Singapore confirmed this on Monday.

Borneo Motors has already started collecting indications of interest on the sports coupe concept on its website a few weeks ago.


The 86 is scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2012 and will be displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show in December.

Measuring 4,240mm by 1,775mm by 1,300mm, the sports car is a combination of efforts from Subaru and Toyota.

It takes its name from the AE86 Corolla Levin sports car that it was based on.

The rear-wheel driven coupe will offer sporty driving with 200bhp and 205Nm of torque, with a 0-100kmh of just six seconds.

Industry observers said the carmaker is hoping that the product will change Toyota's image with drivers, according to a Bloomberg report.

A horizontally opposed engine is paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a special sports-driving six-speed automatic transmission that comes 'with the feel of a manual', Toyota said in a press release.

To give the rear-wheel driven car a sporty handling and ride, the engine is installed front mid-ship. The coupe will also have a low centre of gravity.

With a top speed of 230kmh, the car will be priced to a college graduate's starting salary to attract young buyers, Bloomberg quoted Toyota's chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, as saying.

However, Singapore prices for the 86 have yet to be confirmed.

Inside, a three-cluster meter built around the tachometer has been designed with particular attention paid to display placement, markings and typeface to enhance visibility and readability during sports driving.

The sports car also aims for some practicality. Its rear seats can be folded down to create a luggage space that can accomodate two golf bags, or as Toyota said, 'four sports wheels'.

And it will still be fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly as a 2-litre saloon, Toyota said.

The Tokyo Motor Show will be open to public from Nov 30 to Dec 11.

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Does this mean Italian cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini, and German cars like BMW and Porche, that look so appealing but somehow possess exactly the opposite qualities? I beg to differ.

Good engineering can go hand in hand with good beautiful stylish design. Japanese just do not have a flair for designing cars that look good. A good example is the Subaru WRX and the Mitsubishi EVO. Both are fantastic performance cars and very driveable road cars. But aesthetically they are just don't turn heads, apart from the 'boom boom' from their exhaust.

Lexus is another company (also owned by Toyota) that design and build great cars but their looks are abysmal to say the least. They have been trying for years to compete with BMW. Engineering wise, they are as good or even better than the Germans but have perpetually failed dismally in the looks department.

I can go on and on but at the end of the day, Japanese cars appeal to the masses because they are neither ugly nor beautiful and they work. Mundane looking cars do sell. After all, isn't that the game??
Ferraris and Lambos are not quite a fair comparison. 1. Considering the price and the fact that they are practically hand made. 2. Because they are handmade, they are notoriously temperamental to say the least. And because these cars serve such a narrow purpose, their design practically ignores the requirements of economics and practicality (in terms of use and production). For instance aerodynamic wedge shapes and less empty space beneath the object (ie. wheel clearance) are naturally attractive features. But for mass market, mass production purposes, they are not practical unless you are in a niche that can ignore these factors.

Beemers... a better comparison since it is a mass production car. But looks wise... I like the muscular looks, power bulge... but I don't see them to be much more appealing ahead of Japanese makes. To my tastes, the current generation Lancer for instance, stands up pretty well to a 3 or 5 series in terms of looks. I like the 8 series though. But I think the Z roadsters are the ugliest P.O.S to hit the autobahn. I reckon the S2000 is a muchhhhh better looking roadster. The RX7, RX8 and Supra can hold their own against any beemer.

Porsches... universally panned as a fugly car. As Clarkson says,.. can't tell it's face from its arse.

Anyway, gwailo cars are not immune to bad looks. Most Peugeots, Renaults, Fiats, VWs etc are pretty much as ugly as any Japanese runabout.

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