The 2013 GT-86 Marks the Return of Sportier Times for Toyota
Looks like the soon to be launched Toyota GT-86 marks the return of sportier times for Toyota. The sharply styled sports coupe will debut next week at the Tokyo Motor Show and even before that the automaker has got us all excited with the photos, video and specs that were recently released. Interestingly we hear that the car will be called the Toyota GT 86 in Europe and 86 in Japan and the 2013 Scion FR-S in the U.S.
Drawing influences from the legendary AE86’ Toyota Corolla and the 2000GT, the GT 86 is a lightweight rear-wheel drive car powered by the world’s first horizontally opposed D-4S engine with D-4S injection (both direct and port). The engine delivers a maximum output of 197 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 pound-feet of torque at 6,600 rpm as well as lower emissions. Customers will have the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The chassis features MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone setup in the rear. Brakes with fully ventilated disks and 18-inch alloys are also part of the package. Interior upgrades include seatbacks and cushion surfaces designed to provide support during acceleration, front seats shaped to prevent elbows from interfering with gearshift operation and the three-cluster meter built around the tachometer to enhance visibility and readability during sports driving. Expect to see the car in showrooms next summer.