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Details on the Toyota and Subaru Developed FT-86

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After months of speculation, Toyota has confirmed more details on the long-awaited production version of the sporty FT-86 Concept. Details released last week by the Japanese automaker include confirming the FT-86’s engine specs, its transmission choices, and some technical information certain to hold enthusiasts’ interest until the sporty coupe’s debut.

The most important – and most unique – feature of the production-ready FT-86 will be under the hood. Jointly developed by Subaru and Toyota, the engine will be a 2.0-liter, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder utilizing a horizontally opposed – or “boxer” – configuration, a Subaru signature. While horsepower has yet to be announced, Toyota says the engine will be enhanced with its version of direct injection, dubbed D-4S, intended to increase horsepower and torque without sacrificing fuel economy.

To transmit engine power to the ground, the FT-86 will be available with a choice of two transmissions. Considering the coupe’s expected sports-car credentials, a traditional six-speed manual will be available. Also offered will be a six-speed automatic, complete with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that regardless of transmission, the FT-86 will feature a limited-slip differential and rear-wheel drive, aiding in high-performance driving and handling.

Although these details paint a clear picture of the production-ready FT-86, there are still many questions left unanswered. For one, it hasn’t been announced whether the sporty coupe will wear a Scion or a Toyota badge – although Toyota did announce it would be built on an entirely new platform. The automaker also didn’t comment on a rumored rear-wheel drive, four-cylinder Subaru coupe, which could potentially share architecture with the FT-86.

More pertinent unanswered questions pertain to the release date and price. While Toyota hasn’t specified either yet, we’d expect to see the coupe within the next twelve months – and maybe even by the end of 2011. As for pricing, it’s anyone’s guess, but we think the low- or mid-$20,000 range is probably a likely starting point.

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