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Details on Toyota Sports Coupe Trickle Out

The name comes from the beloved AE86 Corolla from the '80s.

by on Nov.29, 2011

Toyota will sell its rear-wheel-drive sports coupe as the 86 in Japan and GT 86 in Europe. It will be known as the Scion FR-S in the U.S.

With enthusiasts looking for anything to sate their appetite for the latest details on the Toyobaru (Subayota?), Toyota has devilishly allowed a mere trickle of details to come out about its version of the much-anticipated sport coupe it has developed with Subaru.

The current dish? While the car will be sold in the States as the Scion FR-S, it will be called the GT 86 in Europe and simply 86 in Japan, paying homage the revered AE86 Corolla from the ’80s.

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Even more will be released next week when the car makes its official debut at the Toyota Motor Show. Toyota is calling the car a “production prototype,” but it will likely differ from the production version in details only.


Dimly Lit Video Teases Hot Scion Sports Car

Co-developed with Subaru, rear-wheel-drive coupe is a dramatic turn for Toyota's youth brand.

by on Apr.14, 2011

Well, this would certainly be a different direction for Scion.

The Toyota hipster brand has been entirely focused on smallish, low-power runabouts aimed at the youth market. Now it appears Toyota could be ready to introduce a Scion version of the hot rear-wheel-drive sports car it is co-developing with Subaru.

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Scion debuted a dimly lit video showing the front of the car, but it’s so dark that about the only thing viewers can discern from it are that it is an impossibly low hood – made possible because the engine is a 2.0-liter Subaru flat-four – and aggressive front fenders. That the automaker is showing a Scion-badged version of the car certainly suggests that it will be sold stateside, something that was in doubt at one time.


Toyota, Subaru to Reveal Jointly-Developed Sports Car in Geneva

A "reborn passion" for sports cars.

by on Jan.26, 2011

Toyota hints at what's to come in Geneva.

Struggling to overcome not only its safety-related problems but a reputation for building boring appliances, Toyota hopes to demonstrate a “reborn passion” with the roll-out of its FT-86 sports car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

For those who think of the automaker in terms of models like the Sienna minivan and Camary sedan the unveiling could deliver some surprises – especially considering that the FT-86 is the product of a significant new joint venture with smaller Japanese maker Subaru.

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That company will also view for the attention of a harried press corps, on media preview day, with its own version of the new rear-drive model, which it recently referred to as the tongue-tiring, “Subaru Rear-Wheel-Drive Sports Car Technology Concept.”  (Insiders promise the production version will adopt a name that can fit on a badge.