The Truth About Cars » FT-86 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:30:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 FT-86: Will It Blend, I Mean, Doooorift? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/ft-86-will-it-blend-i-mean-doooorift/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/ft-86-will-it-blend-i-mean-doooorift/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 20:34:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439612 So here’s what’s going to happen… They’ll drive it as hard as they dare, swinging it through corners and stamping on the gas, chucking it into hairpins and willfully trying to unsettle the rear, and all the while traction will be total. And you know what, not one of those drivers will say anything about […]

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So here’s what’s going to happen… They’ll drive it as hard as they dare, swinging it through corners and stamping on the gas, chucking it into hairpins and willfully trying to unsettle the rear, and all the while traction will be total. And you know what, not one of those drivers will say anything about […]

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Hachi-Roku Pricing Announced. Got 25K? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/hachi-roku-pricing-announced/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/hachi-roku-pricing-announced/#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:32:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=436034 Long faces in hachi-roku land. Following a multi-year propaganda campaign, expectations for an “affordable” sports car collide with hard (currency) realities. Toyota today announced dealer pricing for the 2013 Scion FR-S compact rear-wheel drive sports car. The FR-S (a.k.a. Toyota FT/GT86/86/Subaru BRZ) starts with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $24,200 when equipped with […]

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Long faces in hachi-roku land. Following a multi-year propaganda campaign, expectations for an “affordable” sports car collide with hard (currency) realities. Toyota today announced dealer pricing for the 2013 Scion FR-S compact rear-wheel drive sports car. The FR-S (a.k.a. Toyota FT/GT86/86/Subaru BRZ) starts with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $24,200 when equipped with […]

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Scion FR-S: How To Say “Hachi-Roku” In American http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/scion-fr-s-how-to-say-hachi-roku-in-american/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/scion-fr-s-how-to-say-hachi-roku-in-american/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:13:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420958 TTAC has long been bearish on the Scion brand, and in a lot of ways, Toyota’s global tri-branding strategy with its new “86” sportscar (Toyota, Subaru and Scion versions are being sold) highlights how Toyota has lost its branding focus. On the other hand, the FR-S, Scion’s version of the 86, is by far the […]

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TTAC has long been bearish on the Scion brand, and in a lot of ways, Toyota’s global tri-branding strategy with its new “86” sportscar (Toyota, Subaru and Scion versions are being sold) highlights how Toyota has lost its branding focus. On the other hand, the FR-S, Scion’s version of the 86, is by far the […]

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FT 86 To Go Live On Saturday Night! Shall I Take Slushbox Or Stick? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ft-86-to-go-live-on-saturday-night-shall-i-take-slushbox-or-stick/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ft-86-to-go-live-on-saturday-night-shall-i-take-slushbox-or-stick/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 09:28:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418895 Toyota steadfastly refuses to refer to its upcoming  new compact rear-wheel-drive sports car as anything else than a “new compact rear-wheel-drive sports car.” But Toyota sure knows how to whip up more excitement (if that is possible) before the pocket racer will be officially unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. While websites around the globe […]

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Toyota steadfastly refuses to refer to its upcoming  new compact rear-wheel-drive sports car as anything else than a “new compact rear-wheel-drive sports car.” But Toyota sure knows how to whip up more excitement (if that is possible) before the pocket racer will be officially unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. While websites around the globe […]

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FT-86: The Specs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/ft-86-the-specs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/ft-86-the-specs/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:08:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416167 We’ve already seen what Toyota’s forthcoming FT-86 looks like (basically), and now that the spec sheet has been leaked [via ft86club.com] there’s really not much more suspense left around the new rear-drive sports coupe. In case you don’t read Japanese, here are the basics: HP: 147kw (200ps) / 200hp @7000rpm Torque: 205nm (151 lb/ft) @ 6600rpm Weight: 1210kg (2662 […]

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We’ve already seen what Toyota’s forthcoming FT-86 looks like (basically), and now that the spec sheet has been leaked [via ft86club.com] there’s really not much more suspense left around the new rear-drive sports coupe. In case you don’t read Japanese, here are the basics: HP: 147kw (200ps) / 200hp @7000rpm Torque: 205nm (151 lb/ft) @ 6600rpm Weight: 1210kg (2662 […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: The FT-86 Mystery Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-ft-86-mystery-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-ft-86-mystery-edition/#comments Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:33:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415934 The autoblogosphere is agog this morning over what appears to be yet another leak of a Toyota JDM catalog, this time of the highly anticipated Toyota FT-86 sports coupe. But is this what Toyota’s lightweight, rear-drive sportscar will actually look like? Not exactly:the image above is clearly labeled as a Modelista version, which means it’s […]

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The autoblogosphere is agog this morning over what appears to be yet another leak of a Toyota JDM catalog, this time of the highly anticipated Toyota FT-86 sports coupe. But is this what Toyota’s lightweight, rear-drive sportscar will actually look like? Not exactly:the image above is clearly labeled as a Modelista version, which means it’s […]

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The Truth About The FT-86. Straight From The Mouth Of The Chief Engineer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/the-truth-about-the-ft-86-straight-from-the-mouth-of-the-chief-engineer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/the-truth-about-the-ft-86-straight-from-the-mouth-of-the-chief-engineer/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 02:25:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409497 “When we started working on the FT-86 we had no idea where we would end up,” said Tetsuya Tada, whom I met last Sunday to talk about his work. “Was it going to be a ridiculously expensive car? Or one anyone can buy? All we knew it was going to be a sports car. The […]

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“When we started working on the FT-86 we had no idea where we would end up,” said Tetsuya Tada, whom I met last Sunday to talk about his work. “Was it going to be a ridiculously expensive car? Or one anyone can buy? All we knew it was going to be a sports car. The […]

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Near-Production FT-86 Rubs Shoulders With Supra [Video] http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/near-production-ft-86-rubs-shoulders-with-supra-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/near-production-ft-86-rubs-shoulders-with-supra-video/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 17:07:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=396076 SB Medien may call the forthcoming FT-86 a “Celica replacement,” but in this first video of the latest near-production prototype, the budget rear-drive coupe nearly runs into a Supra which apparently belongs to the development team. The Supra shows up once more in the video’s ‘ring testing footage (about 1:55 in), suggesting again that it’s […]

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SB Medien may call the forthcoming FT-86 a “Celica replacement,” but in this first video of the latest near-production prototype, the budget rear-drive coupe nearly runs into a Supra which apparently belongs to the development team. The Supra shows up once more in the video’s ‘ring testing footage (about 1:55 in), suggesting again that it’s […]

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What Was That About Boring Toyotas? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/what-was-that-about-boring-toyotas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/what-was-that-about-boring-toyotas/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 19:48:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=392164 The joint Subaru-Toyota “FT-86″ has been hyped for some time now as a modern-day AE86, a car with which Akio Toyoda hopes to recapture the “splendid flavor” of driving excitement that has been missing from Toyotas for some time. An affordable halo, in other words, which reconnects Toyota to the youthful enthusiasm of young men […]

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The joint Subaru-Toyota “FT-86″ has been hyped for some time now as a modern-day AE86, a car with which Akio Toyoda hopes to recapture the “splendid flavor” of driving excitement that has been missing from Toyotas for some time. An affordable halo, in other words, which reconnects Toyota to the youthful enthusiasm of young men […]

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Toyota To Produce Small Subarus. And A FT-86baru? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/toyota-to-produce-small-subarus-and-a-ft-86baru/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/toyota-to-produce-small-subarus-and-a-ft-86baru/#comments Fri, 25 Jun 2010 09:44:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359528 Toyota will supply small Subarus to Fuji Heavy, so that Fuji Heavy and Subaru can focus on midsize cars. According to information developed by The Nikkei [sub], “Toyota and Fuji Heavy intend to release a jointly developed sports car under their respective brands as early as the end of 2011.” If the Nikkei has its […]

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Toyota will supply small Subarus to Fuji Heavy, so that Fuji Heavy and Subaru can focus on midsize cars. According to information developed by The Nikkei [sub], “Toyota and Fuji Heavy intend to release a jointly developed sports car under their respective brands as early as the end of 2011.” If the Nikkei has its […]

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Toyota’s FT-86. The Car Worth Waiting For – A Few Years Longer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/toyota%e2%80%99s-ft-86-the-car-worth-waiting-for-%e2%80%93-a-few-years-longer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/toyota%e2%80%99s-ft-86-the-car-worth-waiting-for-%e2%80%93-a-few-years-longer/#comments Thu, 27 May 2010 12:10:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=357361 Car & Driver voted Toyota’s FT-86 as one of the 25 cars worth waiting for. It seems like the wait will be a little longer than anticipated. Toyota had shown their sports car concept at many motor shows, from Tokyo to Beijing (but not in New York.) Of course, this was read as an imminent […]

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Car & Driver voted Toyota’s FT-86 as one of the 25 cars worth waiting for. It seems like the wait will be a little longer than anticipated. Toyota had shown their sports car concept at many motor shows, from Tokyo to Beijing (but not in New York.) Of course, this was read as an imminent […]

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Toyota Hints At Cheaper, Lighter “Baby FT-86,” Is A Mid-Engine Hybrid Roadster Next? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/toyota-hints-at-cheaper-lighter-baby-ft-86-is-a-mid-engine-hybrid-roadster-next/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/toyota-hints-at-cheaper-lighter-baby-ft-86-is-a-mid-engine-hybrid-roadster-next/#comments Mon, 10 May 2010 18:27:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356090 With rumors coming in that Toyota is repositioning its planned FT-86 “Toyobaru” sports coupe to reflect higher price and higher buyer age targets, word around the enthusiast fring of the autoblogosphere has been downright apocalyptic. After all, the promised combination of a $20k base price, manual transmission and rear-wheel-drive were what launched the FT-86 to […]

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With rumors coming in that Toyota is repositioning its planned FT-86 “Toyobaru” sports coupe to reflect higher price and higher buyer age targets, word around the enthusiast fring of the autoblogosphere has been downright apocalyptic. After all, the promised combination of a $20k base price, manual transmission and rear-wheel-drive were what launched the FT-86 to […]

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Toyota Backs Off FT-86 Price Point, Youth Appeal Goals http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/toyota-backs-off-ft-86-price-point-youth-appeal-goals/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/toyota-backs-off-ft-86-price-point-youth-appeal-goals/#comments Wed, 21 Apr 2010 21:17:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353668 Already a good year into its hype-cycle, Toyota’s much-discussed FT-86 sports coupe is apparently losing some of the focus that made it an instant (theoretical) hit with enthusiasts. According to Autocar, Toyota has given up on its price point goal of $20,000 for a base model in the Japanese market, bumping MSRP targets to $23k […]

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Already a good year into its hype-cycle, Toyota’s much-discussed FT-86 sports coupe is apparently losing some of the focus that made it an instant (theoretical) hit with enthusiasts. According to Autocar, Toyota has given up on its price point goal of $20,000 for a base model in the Japanese market, bumping MSRP targets to $23k […]

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Toyota Launching “G” Sporty Sub-Brand http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/toyota-launching-g-sporty-sub-brand/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/toyota-launching-g-sporty-sub-brand/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2010 16:21:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=343661 Oh how quickly things change! Just weeks ago, if you’d asked the average well-informed consumer what Toyota needed to change with its strategy, you’d have been treated to a treatise on how Toyota’s quest for quality and mass-market appeal had reduced its brand to signifying snooze-inducing appliances. Indeed, Toyota’s new CEO has emphasized enthusiasm as […]

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Oh how quickly things change! Just weeks ago, if you’d asked the average well-informed consumer what Toyota needed to change with its strategy, you’d have been treated to a treatise on how Toyota’s quest for quality and mass-market appeal had reduced its brand to signifying snooze-inducing appliances. Indeed, Toyota’s new CEO has emphasized enthusiasm as […]

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Scion: The Brand With No Purpose http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/scion-the-brand-with-no-purpose/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/scion-the-brand-with-no-purpose/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2010 21:03:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=341976 “Scion is pretty much a North American brand, so that is why it is very natural to think more development, more design work, should be done in North America,” Yoshi Inaba, president of Toyota Motor North America tells Automotive News [sub]. In other words, fans of Scion’s first generation of JDM confections who railed against […]

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“Scion is pretty much a North American brand, so that is why it is very natural to think more development, more design work, should be done in North America,” Yoshi Inaba, president of Toyota Motor North America tells Automotive News [sub]. In other words, fans of Scion’s first generation of JDM confections who railed against […]

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Quote Of The Day: Toyoda and The Splendid Flavor http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/quote-of-the-day-toyoda-and-the-splendid-flavor/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/quote-of-the-day-toyoda-and-the-splendid-flavor/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2009 23:07:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=336079 Cars are not a mere means of mobility. They respond to the driver’s will; they turn, speed up, slow down. Naturally, there’s a need for excitement…Of course, eco-friendly cars are a prerequisite for the future, but there must be more than that.  Morizo cannot afford to lose. I will tackle the challenge of creating a […]

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Cars are not a mere means of mobility. They respond to the driver’s will; they turn, speed up, slow down. Naturally, there’s a need for excitement…Of course, eco-friendly cars are a prerequisite for the future, but there must be more than that.  Morizo cannot afford to lose. I will tackle the challenge of creating a […]

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