The most common description derived from Toyota FT-86 reviews is that the concept is now a reality. There is no doubt that Toyota has become one of the more successful automotive manufacturers in the world and is famous for its legendary 2000 GT, which was introduced to the market more than 40 years ago. Now with the FT-86 concept car, it is following up on its tradition of sports car line based on the fabled AE-86 design.
The reported launch of the 2012 Toyota FT-86 has created such a buzz that the Australian automotive market is eagerly awaiting its arrival. What has contributed much to the curiosity is the secrecy behind the car which was only announced to be launched sometime mid- to late 2012 in Australia. Many who fell in love with the entire design of the concept version are eagerly awaiting the release of the production version.
Because there is so much anticipation and very little information from Toyota Australia, many questions have arisen in various Toyota FT-86 reviews.
Where was the name of the 2012 Toyota FT-86 taken from?
Basically, the FT simply means Future Toyota, which is a label given to the concept car by Toyota. The 86 is a reference to the Corolla GT Coupe model, which was a 1.6 DOHC, rear-wheel drive car that is fondly called by enthusiasts as the AE86, based on its chassis code. The name therefore implies that this new concept car is the 21st century version of the successful AE86 version of Toyota.
There are reports that once the car hits production, the FT-86 tag will subsequently be dripped by Toyota. However, there is still no official announcement as to what the final name the car will carry in the consumer market. If it were up to the engineers, they are very keen in retaining the link to the AE86, but from the viewpoint of marketing, there would be very few customers who can relate to the symbolism.
Because of this, some Toyota FT-86 reviews have suggested that it will carry the Celica name with the suffix 86 being added in some markets.
What can customers expect in with the interior and exterior of the vehicle?
Despite the lack of specific details on the final specifications of the production version of the FT-86, trickles of information have given rise to some ideas as to how the interior and exterior of the car may probably look like once offered in the Australian market. The overall design and shape will most probably be based on that of the AE86 sports coupe of the 1980s.
The production version will have a compact rear-wheel-drive coupled with aerodynamic body that hugs the ground for better handling and cutting through the air. It is expected that the fascia of the 2012 Toyota FT-86 will be extremely aggressive with a long slit-looking headlight to give it a more intimidating and meaner appeal.
Based on some Toyota FT-86 reviews, it is expected that the interior would be equally sporty as its exterior with the use of flat-bottomed leather-covered steering wheel with red stitching. There are also reports that the pedals will be made of aluminum for a more sporty interior appeal. Its digital readouts, navigation system, gray instrument panel, and gauges with red neon light, all fit seamlessly into a darker colored dashboard for a more elegant look.
Will the performance of the FT-86 live up to the hype?
From all indications from the different Toyota FT-86 reviews, there is a good chance that customers in the Australian market waiting for the emergence of this model will not be disappointed. Fitted with a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-four powerhouse engine, it is expected to produce some serious torque and power. The joint development of Toyota and Subaru makes use of a direct injection combined with port injection (D-45) technology to ensure that there will never be a shortage of output.
The beauty of this configuration is that it delivers impressive power, but with an extremely effective consumption of fuel for more savings. The transmission may be made available in either six-speed automatic or six-speed manual. It is perceived that the manual transmission will deliver quicker and more precise shifts with short-throw.
The automatic version will be equipped with a sportier shift controlled with the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifts. The use of limited-slip differential ensures that power is effectively distributed to the rear wheels.
What are the expected specifications of the 2012 Toyota FT-86 for the Australian market?
If the press releases would be believed and the initial appearance of the production model in Europe would be an indication, the joint project will use a Subaru 2.0 liter engine that is capable of producing approximately 200bhp and 170lb. /ft. Toyota does not subscribe to the turbocharging much like other automotive manufacturer in the market today.
Instead, it makes use of the D-45 technology to help reach a CO2 figure that is close to 160g/km, which is near the 190g/km delivered by the powerful Renaultsport Clio. The engine is mounted in the front, but is comparatively low and far back the engine bay. It is mated with a close-ratio Aisin gearbox, which is typical to what is found in other Toyota models around the world.
The Torsen rear differential is designed to sit between the powered rear wheels of the vehicle. The distribution of the overall weight is a respectable 53/47% for the front to rear. Some Toyota FT-86 reviews indicate that the production model will weigh 1200kg approximately. It must be understood that this platform is newly developed with a wheelbase of about 2400mm, which is similar to that of the Mini hatchback.
MacPherson strut suspension is used in the front, while a double wishbone is used for the rear. The springs are supplied by Mitsubishi, but the test cars were running using both Sachs and Showa shock absorbers. The exact specifications that will be offered to the Australian market remains unclear, until the launch date of sometime in 2012 becomes clarified.
What will the price of the Australian version be?
This is quite difficult to peg especially with various Toyota FT-86 reviews coming out with different pricing as they are based mostly on every new news item that comes out. But if we are to use figures for the US and the UK markets as an indication, the price tag would be $20,000 and £25,000 respectively. Some reports indicate however that the sports coupe would be closer to $25,000 in the US market.
This would give Australian customers a good idea of roughly what to expect in terms of pricing once the FT-86 is made available in the market. For many enthusiasts, paying $25,000 for an excellent revolutionary sports coupe would be a bargain. The final pricing would be dependent on how Toyota will eventually configure it for the Australian market.
Basically, until Toyota Australia makes a final decision on the configuration, pricing, and launch date of the FT-86, all of the Toyota FT-86 reviews will be purely speculations and wishful thinking.