Toyota reveals technical details about the final production version of the new FT-86 sports car

Toyota FT-86 II

Excitement continues to build towards the launch of Toyota’s next sports car, currently known as FT-86. While the final production specification has yet to be announced, we can now officially confirm some of the key technical details ahead of the car’s on sale date next year.

Here’s what to expect beneath that sleek exterior

The FT-86 final production model will be powered by a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated engine jointly developed with Subaru. This will combine Subaru’s proven boxer engine architecture with Toyota’s D-4S injection system to deliver increased horsepower and torque without sacrificing fuel consumption and environmental performance.

In keeping with the sports car looks, the final car will be available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The manual is designed to offer quick and precise shifts with a short-throw, while the automatic gearbox will feature sporty gear changes controlled by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifts. Power will be distributed effectively to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential.

The new sports car will utilise an entirely new front-engine, rear-wheel drive platform that will offer the driver confident stability and manoeuvrability, while still being quick and nimble into and out of any corner. The FT-86 final production model will combine compact dimensions, lightweight design and a low centre of gravity to ensure the best possible power-to-weight ratio.

To find out more about the development of FT-86, click on the video below to see Akihiro “Dezi” Nagaya, General Manager Toyota Design Division, explain the processes and philosophies behind the design of the latest vision of the sports concept, FT-86 II.

Comments (37)

  1. Love the look of this! Most of all I’m looking forward to the idea of a compact lightweight rear wheel drive car. The mx5 is great but this is a proper coupe. Fantastic!

  2. Will the production car actually look the FT-86 II concept, or the previous concept (the red one)?

    Personally I much preferred the previous concept to look at.

    But I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    1. Hi James,

      Thanks for your question – the original FT-86 Sports Concept and the FT-86 II Sports Concept express Toyota’s direction for its future sports car. The final full-production model will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in early December – we’ll have to wait until then to see what it looks like.

    1. Hi Jen,

      UK specification and pricing of the FT-86 is yet to be announced – we will publish the information as soon as it’s available. Keep an eye out for the unveiling of the full production version of FT-86 at the Tokyo Motor Show in early December.

  3. Looks great, just hope the finished version doesn’t change too much. Loved my RX8, a great car for a second mid life crisis!!

  4. the car looks fantastic but a subaru flat 4 with out a turbo will be flat!!! at the minute the fastest car Toyota make is a Land Cruiser surly the Ft86 will be faster but I am not sure?

  5. I’ve had a Toyota Celica ‘T’ Sport from new eight years ago and had planned to change it for a later model a few years ago but then found that Toyota had stopped making them. I’ve looked at other cars in the meantime but never found one to really replace my ‘T’ Sport. Looking at the FT-86 I think Toyota are about to deliver the car I’ve been looking for for some time now and I can’t wait to have a test drive as soon as they become available. It looks and sounds just great!!

    Alan G.

  6. I sure hope there will be a turbo version and soon, otherwise I’ll probably have to go another way. Shame since this car really got my attention as it looks great.
    I guesse I’ll have to settle back to my 3rd Focus ST in a row, 250bhp with a turbo in there, leaves reasonable upgrade options.
    300bhp out of the RS, and the next (in a couple years) will probably blast 360+bhp. 200bhp, I just dont know if it will hack it with everyone else moving up the bhp scale. Even the Volvo V60 hybrid sounds more fun with 280bhp !
    I sure hope the specs are improved in the final data. I’d like 250->300bhp please, then we’re talking. 2.2 the engine and turbo it if you have to…..

  7. More of a passing thought than a question. I am hoping hearing rumours that the FT-86 will be aimed at people in their 40s after demand from those in their 30s was not as strong as you would have liked. Does not mean the look of the car has been dulled down. Because the concept shown above is spot on.

    And if it looks like that I will be buying one for sure 🙂

  8. The FT-86 is a welcome return for Toyota – I thought they really had given up producing fun cars. I had a Supra twin turbo 12 years ago, and it was wonderful. Since then I haven’t seen a single Toyota I wanted to buy until now. However, the FT-86 will need a bit more work before it is as good as the old Supra. For a start, it is underpowered – why only 200hp? and why a Subaru motor? I have driven a few Imprezas and the engines were noisy, buzzy, annoying and not very reliable. Why not fit one of the old JZ series engines? I can guess the answer: costs and emissions. Oh dear.

  9. Are we really going to have to wait til the December TMS for some more information?

    Come on Toyota, appreicate you cant give us cold hard specs but give us something to go on or look forward to!!!

  10. Is there going to be a Toyota turbo version???

    A Subaru source has just confirmed that Subaru are going to bring out a turbo version!

    1. Hi James,

      Details about grades and performance are not yet available as the FT-86 II is still under development. Further details will be revealed as we approach the launch of the production model in 2012.


  11. It seems that Toyota have out done themselves with the most amazing design… then let themselves down yet again by underpowering the FT-86. Are we going to see some impressive performance stats or once again is it all show and no go?

    1. Hi Amos,

      The boot of the FT-86 will open more like the boot of a traditional saloon/sedan car. However, the final design has not yet been confirmed, further details will be revealed when the final production model is revealed later this year.

      Thanks for your question.

  12. The phots of the first concept showed what seemed to be quite reasonable rear seats.
    Is that still the plan for the production car- still a 4 seater?

    1. Hi Olly,

      Thanks for your question.

      The production model FT-86 will have a 2+2 seating configuration meaning that it’ll have capacity to seat 4 people.

    1. Hi Alex,

      The Toyota FT-86 II concept and Scion FR-S concept share the same basic components, but the FR-S features Scion-style customisation through a collaboration with Five Axis, an American customisation manufacturer. Whereas the FT-86 II concept has been designed at Toyota Design Office in Japan.

      The final production model of the Toyota FT-86 II concept will be revealed later this year, and is scheduled to go on sale in 2012.

      1. Thanks so much! Will the Scion version resemble the FRS concept? Also will the Toyota and Scion share identical engine specs?

  13. Will it be fully automatic or will you need to use the flappy paddles to change gear?

    1. Hi Matt,

      The FT-86 II is still under development so details about its performance are not available at this stage. The production version is scheduled for launch in 2012, and we will update the blog as soon as more information is revealed.

  14. I wonder if there will be a hybrid sports version on the horizon. I know the Toyota hybrid system is somewhat more involving than the Honda system, but a manual rear wheel drive petrol hybrid would be an interesting idea, certainly a step up from the Honda’s CRX.

  15. This car has the most beautiful design I’ve seen so far. I am very happy that this model will be on petrol. I can’t have patience until this model will appear in my state. Regards Grant.

  16. Thanks, Grant.

    I thought it might be a diesel when I read about D-4S injection…very similar to D-4D!

        1. Hi John,

          Details about grades and performance are not yet available as the FT-86 II is still under development. Further details will be revealed as we approach the launch of the production model in 2012.


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