Only moments after it's debut at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show alongside the Subaru BRZ, the Scion FR-S / Toyota GT86 (as it is sold in Japan) immediately aroused lust. However, someone in the crowd asked "Will there be a version that could stand it's ground against the Mazda Miata?" Later at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Toyota introduced the FT-86 Open Concept, foreshadowing Toyota's answer in the affirmative. Apparently, this is not the case though.
Toyota and Scion have abandoned their plans for a convertible version because the development and assembly of this beautiful car would increase the price to a prohibitive level. The car would be too expensive to compete with the Mazda Miata. In addition, it would be launched in 2015, at the same time as when the fourth generation of the Miata will be unveiled, along with the Alfa Romeo Duetto.
This news is almost as sad as when Toyota announced that there would be no turbocharged version of it's small sports car. High performance now rests on the shoulders of Subaru and it's BRZ. Subaru unveiled the BRZ STI concept, but it may only be a design study. Subaru has already stated that there will be no production model forthcoming from it.
The small sports car invented by Toyota and Subaru raised many expectations, but it seems that it is very difficult to make changes. The fans want to see new changes, but the FR-S /BRZ concept seems virtually immutable.
Note that the engine of the FR-S is a four cylinder Subaru Boxer original which Toyota has adapted and perfected with it's D-4S injection system. This engine develops 200 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. As Scion says on it's website, the engine is set to rumble. This is the only car in the world to offer a flat boxer engine in a front engine and rear wheel drive configuration. This helps the car to gain a favourable front to rear 53 to 47 weight ratio, a low centre of gravity and achieve what the company calls "Pure Balance." This car is inspired by the 1983 Toyota AE86, well known in Canada as the Corolla GTS.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca