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Toyota GT-86 - Tokyo Auto Show

author photo by Jeffrey Archer November 2011

After months of speculation and teaser images, Toyota finally revealed its upcoming rear-wheel drive sports coupe at this year's Tokyo Auto Show. While it was originally shown as the FT-86 Concept, the production-ready coupe will instead be called the GT-86 in most markets - though US versions will likely be sold as the Scion FR-S when they reach dealerships next summer.

But no matter what it's called, the sporty new Toyota will certainly make waves when it finally goes on sale. Outside, the coupe features aggressive styling, from its pointed headlights to its large, hexagonal grille and strong character lines running down both sides. Other eye-catching design elements include a flared front and rear fenders, dual exhausts mounted in a gray-colored rear diffuser and a long, distinctive hood.

The coupe carries its sporty design inside, where it offers a thick, three-spoke steering wheel, Mini-style toggle switches in the center stack and red stitching on its seats, parking brake, shifter boot, steering wheel and door panels. Also included is an upright dashboard that incorporates the coupe's optional navigation screen below its center-mounted air-conditioning vents.

Under the hood, the GT-86 features a high-revving four-cylinder designed by Subaru, who will sell its own version of the coupe as the BRZ. Producing 197 horsepower at 7,700 rpm, the naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine generates 151 pound-feet of torque and delivers power to the ground through a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission.

While details on the US version of the GT-86 are light, Toyota did announce the coupe's length - 167.5 inches, or about six inches shorter than a Scion tC - and its weight distribution, which stands at 53 percent front and 47 percent rear. Unfortunately, the automaker didn't provide any performance numbers, but we suspect the GT-86's acceleration figures and lap times are on par with rivals like the Honda Civic Si and Hyundai Genesis 2.0T.

Also uncertain is the sporty coupe's pricing. While Toyota hasn't provided any clues, we suspect the GT-86 will start in the low- to mid-$20,000 range when it finally arrives stateside as a 2013 model. Until then, we'll be on hand to continue providing updates as more news develops.

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