UPDATED: Latest Australian Toyota 86 Price details here. Dealer’s told base model will compete with VW Golf GTI ($37k or less)
Auto enthusiasts worldwide are looking forward to Toyota’s upcoming FT-86 sports coupe, but how much will the final price be? Depending in the region you live in, you may end up with one of the many FT-86 variants, at different price points to boot. In Australia, you will probably end up with the Toyota 86, which is the same production model set to come out in Japan. If you live elsewhere, then your dealer may have a different model in stock.
What makes pricing the FT-86 even harder is the international variants that are also slated to hit dealerships this April. Australians who get their speed fix abroad might also be wondering how the other regional models will stack up to their local variants, both in specifications and price. Hopefully, we’ll be able to give you a good idea of all of the current models available, as well as pricing options for available models.
The Toyota FT-86: A Short Background
Toyota and Subaru initially agreed to collaborate on a new project as early as 2005. After cooperative ties, as well as advancements in joint research and production, a four-year development period began. It eventually spawned the Toyota FT-86. This car represents the highest achievement in this collaboration, strengthening the ties between Toyota and Subaru.
The name of the car takes after Toyota’s fabled AE86, which is still a favorite among car enthusiasts today. This particular car also gained much popularity thanks to the hit manga “Initial D,” in which the main character, Keiichi Tsuchiya, drives a Toyota AE86. The FT-86 aims to rejuvenate the runaway success of this car, which as long been out of production.
Toyota fans may have also noticed that a top-of-the-line sports car has not been released by the company for some time now. Fans of the Celica and Supra might also notice how the unique body curvature pays homage to Toyota speedsters of old. A more dedicated enthusiast might even point out how certain aspects of the car, like the low ride height and center of gravity, seem identical to older Toyotas like the 2000GT.
Purists, however, may not immediately accept the car because of the Subaru breeding. The engine and chassis of the car are taken straight out of other Subaru offerings: The base of the FT-86 lies on a modified Impreza frame, while a similar boxer engine was used on the Forester. Even Subaru had reservations about helping Toyota create a fully-featured, rear-wheel drive sports car.
Luckily, early test runs put the engineers at Subaru, along with a handful of journalists at ease, thanks to its strong performance. When the FT-86 finally hits streets this April, purists and general car enthusiasts alike may also end up changing their stance towards the car.
Variants and Pricing Options
The base FT-86 will feature a 2.0L 4-cylinder boxer engine, capable of producing 200 horsepower at 7000 RPM. The Subaru-designed engine will also create 151 pounds per foot of torque at 6600RPM. It also features a 53/47 weight distrubution ratio, a six-speed gearbox, and a very low center of gravity for great handling.
Initial reports have stated that the going price for a Toyota 86 would range around the USD30,000, which is about AUD28,600. Toyota then released an official statement regarding their domestic pricing options of the FT-86, or the Toyota 86, as it is known in both Japan and Australia:
• For about AUD24,420, the FT-86 will be available in its barest form, without luxuries like air-conditioning and unpainted bumpers. This “Customize Grade” model is made for the enthusiast, who will more than likely toss these parts and replace them with aftermarket ones anyway.
• AUD36,440 will get buyers the Limited Edition FT-86, fully-loaded with premium features that offer drivers both speed and luxury in the same package.
Base models can have premium features like automatic transmission, a sports steering wheel, limited-slip differential and even aluminum pedals for an additional cost.
In the USA, the FT-86 will be released as the Scion FR-S. Current pricing for the base model ranges from about $24,200 to $24,930; reasonably lower than the initial $30,000 projection. These figures account for the base models, not including premium options like automatic transmission and a limited-slip differential. Additional fees, such as destination charges and insurance, might make these prices closer to the American $30,000 estimation.
Since much of the FT-86 was engineered by Subaru, they will be coming out with their own rendition of this sports coupe: The BRZ. This marks the first time since their very first automobile that they have offered a car with a rear-wheel drivetrain. BRZ stands for “Boxer Rear-Wheel Zenith.”
Prices for the Subaru-branded model range from about $24,000 to $27,000, not including destination and insurance costs. Much of the features you see on the Toyota and Scion FT-86 models are also common on the Subaru model. Premium features, like leather-Alcantara seats, fog lights and a rear lip spoiler can also be bought for extra cost.
Pricing for all three variants is designed to compete with other popular sports coupes of today. Perhaps loyal fans have been waiting for Toyota to finally come out with a flagship racer for some time now; after all, the car has already racked up 7,000 pre-orders since being made available. The price of the FT-86 might not be all that big an obstacle for Toyota fanatics, and motor enthusiasts alike.