At the Tokyo Motor Show: Toyota's FT-86 Concept Car

Toyota looks to its past for an excitement transfusion. It also raids the Subaru engine laboratory, but it's OK. Toyota's a part-owner

When was the last time Toyota produced a car enthusiasts could get excited about? Keep thinking, it's been a while. The company that once challenged US muscle cars with its 300-horsepower Supra could be back in relatively sporty trim by 2011. Toyota released images this week of a show car called the FT-86 concept, a rear-wheel-drive coupe recalling the Toyota AE86 of the 1980s, best known in the US as the Corolla. Yes, that was back when the Corolla was a kind of poor-man's sports car.

A product of Toyota's ED2 styling studio in France, the FT-86 concept recalls the earlier, hybrid-powered FT-HS concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2007. This version doesn't get the hybrid, but it does get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine -- whose pistons are positioned horizontally instead of vertically -- from Subaru, of which Toyota is part owner. The FT-86 will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, with a production model reportedly set go on sale in late 2011. The Associated Press reports it will cost about 3 million yen ($33,700).

[via Autoblog]

Toyota FT-86 Concept Car

At the Tokyo Motor Show this year, Toyota will introduce a show car called the FT-86 concept, a rear-wheel-drive coupe recalling the AE86-model Toyota Corolla of the 1980s, known by enthusiasts as a poor-man's sports car.Toyota

Toyota FT-86 Concept Car, Designed in France

A product of Toyota's ED2 styling studio in France, the FT-86 concept recalls the earlier, hybrid-powered FT-HS concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2007.Toyota

Toyota FT-86 Concept Car, An Engine from Subaru

Toyota's FT-86 concept is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine from Subaru, of which Toyota owns approximately 20 percent.Toyota

Toyota FT-86 Concept Car, Production in 2011

Though it likely will have a toned-down interior compared to the FT-86 concept (shown), the production model will reportedly cost around $30,000 when it goes on sale in late 2011.Toyota