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Toyota FT-86 news - Toyota in actually-quite-exciting shocker! - 2009
The FT-86 is labelled a concept, but is expected to reach the road in 2011 alongside a Subaru-badged version.
It’s powered by Subaru’s 2.0-litre boxer engine, which puts out 146bhp in current production form but should develop slightly more in future iterations.
As we’re well aware, the four-pot can be turbocharged to produce monstrous power outputs, but that would also put the price up: Toyota and Subaru are aiming to keep the cost as low as possible to attract younger drivers to the brand. The coupes should weigh in well under £20,000 when they go on sale in the UK.
We’ll find out much more about the FT-86 - and, perhaps, its Subaru counterpart - in Tokyo in a couple of weeks’ time.
For now a quick show of hands: who reckons Toyota might finally be rediscovering its mojo?