Toyota’s in the fun to drive market with their new 200 horsepower reer wheel drive sport machine. In Japnan the car will be called the ‘Toyota 86′, in Europe it’s the GT 86′ and in USA it’s the ‘Scion FR-S’. 5 years in development, Toyota banking it will look like more of a performance machine.
- Top speed of 142 MPH, 0-62 in 6 seconds.
- Targeted at a low price for a college student budget.
- Fun to drive with a low center of gravity
- Easy to customize and tune (if thats your thing)
“We decided to use as few computer controls as possible. We wanted to go back to basics.”
This is a joint venture with Subaru who debutes their own new design the ‘BRZ’. The design is based on the Corolla which rolled out in the 1980′s.
The new Toyota 86 gets a 2.0-liter four cylinder, DOHC boxer engine from Subaru equipped with Toyota’s D-4S fuel injection system. It comes mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while delivering 200 horsepower and topping out at 7,000 RPM.
The fuel injection system has twin injectors for both direct and port injection. It is a no-frills, utilitarian look focusing on old-school dials and switches — with the meter cluster built around the tachometer. The 86 seats four with very cramped rear leg room. But the back seats fold down to provide space for luggage or — as Toyota pitches it – racing tires and tool kits.
The car enters production next spring, and goes on sale next year in the United States. Sticker price near $26,000. Hmmm… wonder if thats the student price.