Toyota GT 86 Sedan is late due to Subaru?

Article by Christian A., on October 23, 2013

The partnership between Toyota and Subaru seems to be in peril, according to sources. While the GT 86 and BRZ were launched successfully, there’s now an ongoing dispute that may affect future joint projects. A source told Edmunds that Scion wants to develop a FR-S / GT 86 sedan but that "Subaru has been dragging its heels on it."

Reports indicate that Scion seeks to get this model to start selling in early 2016. It was also reported that Doug Murtha of Scion has confirmed that a new model will come for either the 2015 or 2016 model year.

Murtha didn’t reveal the name of this model. But according to the website, it will be a redesigned xB. Among the projects being considered are two five-door hatchbacks. It’s believed that the announcement on which one they will decide to offer to the U.S. market will be made next spring.

As proof that the new GT 86 is the most compact four-seater sports car in the world, overall length is 4,240 mm with wheelbase measuring 2,570 mm. Total width is 1,775 mm, while height is measured to be 1,285 mm. By implementing wide-ranging measures to lower the weight, Toyota was able to get the GT 86 weighing about 1,200 kg.

Aside from having a front-mounted boxer engine, the GT 86 has driver hip-point measuring 400 mm, making it the lowest for a Toyota production model. Combined with the flat-four configuration, this newest model from the brand results in a rather ultra-low center of gravity at 460 mm. What is sure to excite owners is that the GT 86 pays honor to the exciting drivability that is the Corolla Levin AE86.

The AE86 thus has had a long and distinct relationship not only with owners but even with tuning shops and enthusiasts. Further, the number 86 in the name is not by chance as this same number has played an important role during the development of the new GT 86. The square bore and the stroke set-up of the boxer engine measures 86 mm by 86 mm.

This is not only ideal but continues to be faithful to the long sports engine history of the brand. The Supra’s 1G-G engine and the 2000GT’s highly celebrated 3M engine for instance had the six-cylinder in-line configuration have a square bore and stroke measuring 75 mm.

For the MR2 and Celica, the two were fitted with the four-cylinder in-line unit with the square bore and the stroke at 86 mm. It does not stop there as the opening of the chrome-tipped exhaust has a diameter that measures 86 mm.

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