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Scion Teases U.S.-Spec FT-86 II

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On: Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Scion Teases U.S.-Spec FT-86 II

No, the FT-86 II hasn't been downgraded from Toyota to Scion. But the sports coupe will be offered under the Scion brand here in the U.S. So, Scion is officially taking the reigns of the rear-driven coupe developed with the help of Subaru. It will show a North American concept version of the coupe at the 2011 New York Auto Show next week.

Scion didn't actually mention the FT-86 II specifically, but looking at the bold curves on either side of the hood is enough to tell us that is indeed what we're looking at. From what we see breaking through the shadow cover, the FT-86 II's front-end will look similar to what Toyota showed at last month's Geneva Motor Show. The side mirrors appear to be redesigned, but it's difficult to tell given that they're mostly obscured. Instead of the black used in the Geneva concept, the Scion New York model appears deep red.

Toyota's Geneva concept was described as the closest look yet as to the final design, but Toyota is still expected to refine the car markedly before the production version is unveiled.

Outside of the image above and the video below, Scion hasn't really given us much on its concept. However, we don't expect it to vary too drastically from the Toyota FT-86 II that we saw last month.

The FT-86 II will feature Subaru's 2.0-liter Boxer four driving the rear wheels through six-speed manual transmission. It's expected to hit the market next year.

Subaru is well behind Toyota in developing its own version of the sports coupe. In Geneva, the automaker showed an architectural concept of its car, but it has yet to reveal a full concept or prototype.

Scion will show its concept at 1:40 p.m. ET April 20th. You can follow along at www.sciondimension.com


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