While landing in the showrooms until late 2011, the Toyota FT-86 will be even more expensive due to the ballooning developing costs.
This is what reported from an insider close to Toyota. When the coupe was unveiled in the Tokyo Motor Show, which was then recognized as the Toyobaru, since the coupe shares its chassis as well as the drivetrain with the Subaru Impreza, one engineer declared that Toyota was initially aspiring for a base sticker price, which is of nearly $19,000.
However, greater than what had initially planned by Toyota along with the R&D team is to focus on minimizing the fuel consumption figures as well as creating the cleanest engine as possible. In this case, the boxer engines of Subaru are usually not considered clean or fuel efficient as it should have been. Well, the base price of Toyota FT-86 is now supposed to float at nearly $23,000 along with the fully optioned model clearing which is available at $26,000. There is a valid reason to admire this car with its proper price and that reason is its amazing styling as well as very driftable 2.0-liter, rear-wheel drive coupe along with a six-speed manual. This makes the car to deliver 200 horsepower, which ultimately sounds right as far as the price is concerned.
Unluckily, when the car will inject some interest back for a bargain basement priced concept into the Toyota’s lower-end sports car lineup, the price hike will be just a slap in the face of bean counters who carefully brought this concept onto the can do list. Without any saying, the highly expected price of Subaru will be badly affected alike the other FT-86 model that is intended to receive a 7-star badge.
At the Tokyo Auto Salon of January, Tetsuya Tada, the head of the newly formed Toyota sports vehicle department, has said that his team had raised the target of FT-86 age group by some 10 years. This has been considered from the 30s to the age group of 40s after a more inclusive market survey that exposed some of the younger buyers who would rather choose the smooth and shiny coupe. This is how a new, smaller, and 1.5-liter powered coupe concept comes in the picture. The new car is just to appeal to the younger age group that is of late 20s to the late 30s. This manufacturer is now working on a two-door version that is inspired from the Gazoo Racing Meister of Nurburgring (GRMN) as a rear-wheel drive.
Its hot hatch concept was revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon, and as the reports came from inside, this concept will be ordained for a late 2012 debut and will be based on the European-spec Aygo’s platform. However, it will be modified to the rear drive. The engine of this car will be an enhanced version, which is of the Japan-spec Toyota Rush’s 1.5-liter four that has the capacity to produce some 110 horsepower at 6000 rpm. Just to help optimize the performance of the car by using the same powerplant, engineers are actually trying to cut as much pounds as possible from this new coupe. Well, the end goal has been set for nearly 2,200 pounds.