Despite appearing at several auto shows as a concept car, we still have yet to see the official production version Toyota’s new FT-86 sports coupe. Fortunately, the Toyota enthusiasts at ft86club snagged photos of a Japanese-market brochure showing the new rear-drive Toyota in all its glory.
The brochure actually was sourced from Modellista, a Japanese company closely allied with Toyota that produces tuning and styling products for Toyota cars. So the FT-86 seen in these leaked photos might not be stock, but rather the product of a tuning upgrade.
Still, the overall design looks similar to what we have seen in spy photos and photo shoots of the upcoming FT-86. Approximately the size of an Audi TT or Porsche Cayman, the curvy coupe has bulging fenders, a wide-mouthed front fascia, an aggressive front lip, big dual exhausts, and a squared-off rear that exhibits lots of Subaru styling cues. (No surprise there -- the FT-86 is being built in partnership with Subaru, which will sell its version of the coupe as the BRZ.)
The leaked interior photos reveal an instrument cluster that places a large, legible tachometer directly in front of the driver -- and with a redline just past 7500 rpm. Heavily bolstered bucket seats, a stubby shifter for the six-speed manual transmission, and neat toggle switches on the center console contribute to a racy appearance.
As to performance, we believe the rear-wheel-drive Toyota FT-86 will use a 2.0-liter boxer engine producing about 200 hp. The Subaru BRZ, however, is expected to be gutsier and produce closer to 300 hp. The BRZ also will debut before the FT-86: Subaru says it will unveil the production version of the BRZ at the Tokyo Motor Show in late November, at which time Toyota will only show (once again) concept version of the FT-86. The FT-86 will be sold in the U.S. as the Scion FR-S, but it’s unclear when it might debut.
Regardless, the FT-86 is shaping up to be the most exciting new Toyota product in years. Head over to ft86club for a sneak peek at the car by way of the leaked brochures.