The Toyota GT86, also known as Scion FR-S, is just the first of three sports cars being planned by the automaker, according to chief engineer Tetsuya Tada. This news is very exciting since the GT86 has already earned a reputation for itself of being the best new sports car in a generation.
Tada told Top Gear in the Philippines that two more cars are coming and that the FR-S will take the middle slot in the brand’s new sports car lineup. He said that the first is more mass-market and more affordable than the 86 and that the third is even more upmarket than the 86.
There had been rumors that the GT86/FR-S will be priced at about $20,000. It’s believed that the climbing value of the Japanese yen caused the higher eventual cost. But it’s likely that an even more budget-oriented sports car will arrive.
Tada declined to say if the higher performance model would be a Supra successor. But from previous comments, it’s believed that the next-gen halo sports car for the brand will not be a hybrid.
In describing its new 2+2 compact sports car, the GT 86, Toyota said this vehicle is purely driver focused. Because of the way that the GT 86 can instantly respond in a precise manner to the tiniest of steering inputs or the smallest of throttle, drivers are able to enjoy the pure joy of driving. Indeed, these are for people who believe that driving is a passion instead of a need.
In designing the new GT 86, the goal was to pay closer attention to the purity of the experience inside classic sports cars. Through a team composed of passionate engineers, this vehicle was perfected through competition and fine-tuned in way that it will make even the most demanding of drivers satisfied. Without a doubt, the GT 86 is an excellent successor of the brand’s sports cars as it delivers to drivers that pure driving involvement.
The bodyshell is truly aerodynamic and have been stretched tight across the engineering hard points. It goes without saying that the new GT 86 utilized a completely new platform.
Thus, rather than use the large and have displacement powertrains to ensure performance, Toyota instead went back to its racing roots. Thus the GT 86 is the only vehicle so far have a rear-wheel drive and combined with the free-revving, horizontally-opposed compact boxer petrol engine mounted on the front.
Because of the unique configuration of this powertrain, it allowed the brand to create a vehicle that had a compact four-seat design, lower inertia, low center of gravity, and low weight. This is why it can offer what may be the best power-to-weight ratio. All of these qualities mean that the new GT 86 is able to deliver a performance that is accessible while having dynamic abilities that can be easily exploited and highly engaging.
In addition, it does this while ensuring electronic emission is minimized. The GT 86 is expected to make its official debut on European soil during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. By the summer of 2012, Toyota will begin sales of the GT 86 all across Europe.