In the internet age, there is a website for just about anything. For a few years now, we have known that Toyota and Subaru are jointly developing a small rear-drive (yes, that’s not a typo, rear-drive), affordable sports coupe. Officially code-named the Toyota FT-86/Subaru 086a, it’s been given all sorts of snarky names like Toyobaru, Subiyota, etc. And it seems it has its own website (Toyobaru.net) devoted to following all the rumors, twists and turns surrounding the long gestation period for this little car – probably the most desirable Toyota in a very long time.
There are reports that the car will use a Subaru 4-cylinder boxer engine. Sometimes it’s the 2.0 liter turbo, sometimes it’s the 2.5 liter version. We are also told it will be affordable. Probably more than $20,000 but less than $30,000.
This just in from our friends at Toyobaru.net:
We just got word of some breaking news regarding the Toyota FT-86 and Subaru variant. Back in October 2010 we received word the FT-86 would be badged a Scion in the USA. Today, we have further clarification that the car will be officially released as the Scion FT-S, not the FR-S. FT, which stands for “Future Toyota” makes less sense than the previous Trademark filed by Toyota called FR-S. It makes no sense to us either, but we’re just reporting whats been stated from recent Toyota Executive meetings! If you didn’t know, Scion’s are sold without rebates, and without Finance options, thus was the major decision to release the FT-S as a Scion. Toyota expects the car to retain upwards of 65% of its residual value after three years, like a Toyota should.
Read the full article here.
Here’s a YouTube video showing more details of the concept FT-86. It’s meant for the UK audience, but it fills in many styling details. Of course, it’s too much to hope for that the production version will be this sensational, but if you’re shopping for a small sporty coupe, it should be on the top of your shopping list at the end of 2011.