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Toyota’s New Sports Car Coming in 2012

March 14, 2011

This year’s Geneva Motor Show gave the car buying public yet another tease of what is yet to come from Toyota in terms of a true sports car for the road.  Dubbed the FT-86 II, this rear-drive machine, set to hit production in 2012, will finally give Japanese sports car fans a taste of what they have been missing for many years.  According to the manufacturer, the new car will be lightweight and powered by most likely a high-revving four-cylinder Boxer engine mated to a manual gearbox.  I will be curious to see the power output and performance numbers for this machine given its very aggressive looks. 

The FT-86 will bring Toyota back to the sports car game after a long hiatus.  The automaker has made fans of many enthusiasts over the years with its rear wheel drive Corollas (not to be confused with the modern economy car interpretation), Celicas, Supras, and MR-2’s.  Throughout the late 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s these varied models all gained cult followings for their balanced performance and excellent value versus much more expensive machines.

It is nice to finally see something exciting and passionate coming from Toyota in the sports car department and it is my hope that the production model’s looks match this show car and the performance lives up to those striking looks. 

A modified AE86 Corolla from the early 80's

Print advertisement for the 1989 Supra Turbo

A mid-engine MR2 from 1992

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