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Toyota FT86 II Gets Hard Figures

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On: Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 12:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota FT86 II Gets Hard Figures

The Toyota FT86 II has been around for a year and a half, but has been a rather loose, conceptual shell of an eventual production car. We've seen two separate iterations of the concept, but Toyota still has much work to do before releasing the final design later this year. During that year and a half since the first FT 86 debuted at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has been silent on hard figures like the car's output and weight.

However, that all changed this week; Autocar gleaned a number of key details from Toyota sources, providing us with a much fuller picture of what the FT86 can do.

As we already knew, the FT86 II is powered by a 2.0-liter Boxer four borrowed from Subaru.Autocar's report indicates the output on that motor will be right around 200 horses, but final specifications are still pending. Driving the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, that engine is expected to power the FT-86 to 60 mph in around seven seconds, on up to a top speed around 140 mph.

The FT-86 will be aimed squarely at sporty European offerings like the Volkswagen Scirocco. According to Autocar, Toyota makes its two-door sportier not only by making it a rear-wheel drive, but also by cutting weight and lowering the center of gravity. The FT-86 is reportedly some 440 lbs. lighter than the Scirocco, putting it around 2,425 lbs. That type of weight should guarantee a sporty ride.

Though the focus is on creating a sporty, fun coupe to add to Toyota's more utilitarian line, the company also plans to deliver respectable efficiency and emissions numbers. Basically, it's still a Toyota, just a more playful one.

While previous reports had indicated that Toyota was still planning on changing 30 to 50 percent of the design seen in Geneva, this week's news states that the Geneva concept was about 95 percent congruous with the eventual production version. The interior will get changed, and the car will lose the 20-inch wheels it rested on in Switzerland, but other than that, we can expect to see similar styling and design. Good news, as we liked the Geneva version, but it kind of takes the wind out of the sails of the Scion version, which will be unveiled next week.

Toyota is still fine-tuning certain aspects of the car, including suspension and handling. Production should begin early next year.

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