Toyota has postponed the launch of the FT-86 concept-based sports car by two years. Initially, the Japanese automaker announced that will launch the Toyota FT-86 in 2011, but decisions of the Board lead to the postponing of the launch of this interesting and attractive model.
The delayed launch of the Toyota and Subaru co-developed car is due to demand on the sports cars market and also to some dramatically design changes, market feasibility and different powertrain options, including a possible hybrid configuration.
Also, the Japanese automaker believes that a launch in 2011 would be premature because of the world's economical situation.
The FT-86 concept featured Subaru's four-cylinder boxer engine driving the rear wheels mated to a six-speed manual navigating through the gears.
Just to remember, Toyota teamed up with Subaru in order to develop a new sports car in April 2008, which concept was unveiled at the Toyota Motor Show in October 2009. In February 2010 there ere some rumors that Toyota had rejected the concept's design.
According to a recent report, Toyota is also planning a smaller, cheaper version of the coupe that will be priced under $20K.
Despite the delay of the Toyota FT-86 launching date, the FT-86 concept is now scheduled to make a debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Toyota is said to be planning to sell the car in Japan for a little over 2,000,000 yen.
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