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2009 Tokyo Show: Is the Toyota FT-86 Concept a New Celica?

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2009 Toyota FT-86 Concept

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It's been in the works for two years, and now the mythical replacement for the Toyota Corolla sports coupe is here. In concept form, it bows at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show as the Toyota FT-86 concept.

The love child of a Subaru Impreza chassis, minus its all-wheel-drive system, and a Toyota body, the FT-86 is a 2+2 coupe with handsome proportions and clear styling links to Toyota's FT-HS concept coupe from the 2007 Tokyo show.

It's a Subaru chassis, and for power Toyota's chosen a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder from Subaru, too. The naturally aspirated version of Subaru's turbo four puts its estimated 200 hp to the rear wheels, via a six-speed manual transmission. Toyota says they chose the naturally aspirated version of this 2.0-liter boxer engine to keep weight and costs down---while maintaining a low and balanced center of gravity.

Rumor suggests the FT-86 will go on sale as a 2011 model in Japan, with U.S. plans uncertain. A base price of $25,000 has been suggested, putting the coupe squarely in the niche left behind by the long-gone Toyota MR2, Celica and the older versions of the Supra.

MORE: Stay tuned for High Gear Media's coverage from the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show

2009 Toyota FT-86 Concept

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2009 Toyota FT-86 Concept

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  1. Gorgeous. And I thought Toyota only built boring mom-haulers.
     
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  2. 25 grand and it only has 200 hp? In a world of 300 hp v6 camaro and 265 hp WRX...thats a bit short.
     
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  3. Would prefer a direct injection version of the Scion tc mill (2.4 liters should give at least 225hp these days). Subaru shouldn't be concerned this offering would compete with their WRX station wagon. Either they install an appropriate power train and reap the increased margin, or the aftermarket will do it for them.
     
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  4. Hey - it is just a start. More engine choices and drive trains will surely follow. Toyota may be slow but they ain't stupid.
    Right now, the looks and pricing is what matters.
     
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  5. if this car doesnt go on sale here in the U.S. im leaving the country
     
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