Toyota’s new 200-hp GT 86 rear-wheel-drive sports coupe was unveiled today at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Toyota is hoping that this model would spice up its practical and boring image, the result of products like the Corolla and Camry. This car has been in development for five years. In Japan, it will be called the Toyota 86 while in the U.S., it would be offered as the Scion FR-S.
Toyoda has been closely monitoring this car, which is expected to boost Toyota’s performance credentials and will be marketed as an inexpensive halo model. The 86 can achieve a top speed of 142 mph and it could accelerate from zero to 62-mph in six seconds. But chief engineer Tetsuya Tada clarifies that achieving raw speed isn’t the target.
This model is priced low so that it could attract buyers fresh out of college. Handling it is a joy as it is seated low. Toyota stripped out its advanced electronic-control systems and turbochargers. In addition, car enthusiasts will love it because it is easily customizable. Toyota has yet to announce the pricing details or the gas-mileage estimates. However, the company said that it is hoping to price it at about 2 million yen ($26,000).