The upcoming Toyota FT-86 sportscar is a hot topic and recently, a design sketch of its new logo was revealed by Car and Driver. It shows that the future model will feature a boxer engine, which will probably be in four-cylinder form.
The FT-86 coupe was made by Toyota in collaboration with Subaru, and it’s believed to be powered by a 2.0-liter flat-four engine. In this design sketch, there are two horizontally opposed pistons that are visible.
This engine design is named the ‘boxer’ due to its visual similarity to two boxers tossing punches. The sketch indicates that instead of a crank in the middle, there is a stylized number 86, a reference to the rear-drive AE86 Corolla model that was the inspiration in naming the FT-86.
It means that the Toyota will use “86” in the production car’s name in some capacity. Toyota and Subaru are working on a shared four-cylinder sportscar model that will be offered in two versions, starting near the end of 2011.
This car is mostly engineered by Subaru and it will feature a rear-drive platform, consisting of a steel structure with aluminum body panels. Subaru’s product -- a small, 2.0-liter engine – is fitted low behind the front-axle line.
A preview of the FT86 concept was seen at last year’s Tokyo auto show. It’s expected that the showroom-ready vehicle will be completely revealed at next year’s Tokyo Auto Show. [via Car And Driver]