|2013 Toyota GT 86|
Called for over a year the "Subayota" sports car by the worldwide auto press, this much anticipated car has come out of a engineering collaboration between Toyota and Subaru. This itself made possible since Toyota acquired a 9 percent share in Subaru's parent company (Fuji Heavy Industries) after that share amount became available as a result of the General Motors bankruptcy (does anyone remember the ill-fated "Saabura" wagon that was a sold by Saab, which was really a Subaru WRX wagon?)
The most obvious Subaru influence is the 2.0-liter 197 horsepower "boxer" engine powering the GT 86. The engire is the work of Subura's engineers. However, to improve efficiency and performance, it has been given Toyota’s DS-4 direct and port injection technology. The power plant is mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. It has a 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution and weighs just under 2700 pounds.
|2013 Toyota GT 86|
The GT 86 will be the first sports car marketed by Toyota since the death of the MR2 mid-engined 2 seater. Subura will also market a version of this four-seat coupe, called (in North America) the BRZ.
Toyota executives describe the GT 86 as a car that has been “designed by passion not by committee.” I truly wish that Toyota would do the same thing with the rest of its bland North American model line-up - it's Camry and Corolla line especially. At any rate, this lightweight vehicle is designed as a driver's car, with minimal electronic nannies (no electronic stability control, lane-departure detection, and so on) to spoil the driver's fun.
The GT 86 will be sold in the United States as the Scion FR-S (does this stand for "FutuRe Supra"?) Look for it to go on sale here early next year after being formally unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a rumored sticker on the Scion to start around $20,000 USD.
[Edited 2011-11-30 19:54:16]
[Edited 2011-11-30 20:01:47]