Fun, Furious FT-86 Hits a Wall
In bad news, we hear the FT-86 has been put on the back burner until 2013. The car, originally set to debut at the '11 Tokyo Motor Show, made a strong concept impression at the '10 Tokyo Auto Salon. We talked about possible pricing in last month's SpinOut, but a veil of darkness has dropped over the sleek, rear-drive coupe that tuners and enthusiasts have been clamoring for. The excuses are many, with possible pitfalls including a new design concept, possible hybrid driveline and a poor economy. Apparently, the big heads at Toyota want to gauge the success of Honda CR-Z before pulling the trigger.
We think these big heads have popped a gasket or two. The FT-86's styling is its strongest attribute. Further, comparing a hybrid to the FT-86 is sinful. The FT-86 is a sports car, Toyota's first affordable sports car of the 21st century. The CR-Z is a sporty hybrid, but its 9-second-plus 0-60 times will fool no one. The FT-86 is a rear-drive driver's car powered by a Subaru Boxer engine that has the aftermarket primed to tap into its potential. Really, how many blunders can Toyota make? We hope Subaru will take notice and release its version sooner.