No more waiting for the Toyota fans out there. The wait for this car has gone on way to long, but at least Toyota knows how to keep us curious in what could do for one of the Japanese car manufacturers what the MX-5 did for Mazda – and in this case is the 2012 Toyota F-86 sports coupe. Toyota finally confirmed that the model will go on sale in 2012 and also announcing a few technical specifications regarding the car.
The power for the production car will indeed come from Subaru’s new 2.0-liter four cylinder boxer engine that has been fitted with Toyota’s D-4S technology which combines direct injection and port injection. We only hope that this has enough pulling power because there is nothing worse than a sports car that does not perform as well as it looks.
We still do not have the exact power figures to share with you, but Toyota states that the D4-S technology can increase horsepower and torque without sacrificing fuel consumption and environmental performance.
The newest incarnations of the 2.0-liter units is offered in the last Subaru Impreza models, where it produces 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque (197Nm), which is 22 horsepower less than the outgoing 2.5-liter. We know that aerodynamics play a big part in the 2012 Toyota FT-86’s performance, but a sports car with too few ponies does not seem fast enough or good looking.
Here is another piece of news, unlike the Subaru Impreza’s five-speed or CVT boxes, the 2012 Toyota FT-86 will be offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota states, “The manual will offer quick and precise shifts with s short-throw, while the automatic transmission will feature sporty shifts controlled by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifts.”