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 shifts 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.

37 comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

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