Toyota FT86 a concept car to reality Scion FR-S ?
- September 1, 2011
- Posted by Car Street Journal
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The Toyota FT86 is a sport coupe vehicle that is currently in development and has been rumored about the past few years. This joint venture between two Japanese automakers, Toyota and Subaru, have decided to join forces to create the FT86. Toyota has not developed a sport coupe or performance vehicle since the well known legendary Supra in 98. In the early 2000’s the MR2 and Celica were consider to be performance vehicle cars, but never lived up to the hopes of *most* car enthusiasts. We have been waiting to see Toyota get back into the game of building performance and stylish vehicles. Concept design of this car has been debuted at Tokyo, Geneva, and New York Auto Shows.
Already confirmed: The US models will be under the brand name Scion. This was proven at the New York Auto show by releasing the design of the Scion FR-S concept source.
Although no official realize date has been provided by Toyota for the vehicle in the USA, hopefully it will come soon. Scion is a subsidiary brand of Toyota to appeal to a younger audience of vehicle drivers. The Scion FR-S will be using the Subaru’s Flat 4 Boxer designed motors, where the engine runs horizontal compared to vertical. For now the name of the car will be FR-S compared to FT86, I would have preferred.
Although no official realize date has been provided by Toyota for the vehicle in the USA hopefully will come soon. This is a subsidiary brand of Toyota to appeal to younger audience of vehicle drivers. This car will be using the Subaru’s Flat 4 Boxer designed motors, which the engine runs horizontal compare to vertical. So now the name for the car will be FR-S compare to FT86 I would have preferred.
A perfect visual example of a Flat4 Engine can be seen here Click Here
The Scion FR-S stands for (F) Front Engine,(R) Rear Wheel Drive and (S) Sport. The FR-S will be (RWD) Rear Wheel Drive like its predecessor AE86 that has a long history. This will make a perfect car for drifting and track events; the question will still be “can this car compare to its brother the AE86?” taking into account how fun and enjoyable this car will be to drive for daily activities.
This question will be a good argument that can be compared and contrasted multiple ways. The FR-S has been stated to be around 2645 pounds, which is very light for most modern day cars. The Toyota AE86 was, during its generations, around 2200 pounds. The philosophy for the concepts have been design and performance, how the car will perform in various environments. One of the designers, Kosuke Kubo, explains the concept in this video with subtitles (since it’s all in Japanese).
In the past few years Toyota has been more driven into the hybrid development and technology of cars. Overall, I think the Scion FR-S will be a positive move toward the future of building performance cars for Toyota Inc. Toyota Racing Development (TRD) is also designing powerful trucks such as the Tundra. CarStreetJournal will be looking forward to test driving one of these vehicles.
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