Toyota FT-86 might be pushed back to 2013, hybrid version likely | Rpmgo.com



The Toyota FT-86 concept made a lot of hearts fly when it was revealed last year as a preview for a future, cheap, rear-wheel drive sports coupe in the vein of the Celica or the Supra that came before it and made the Japanese company so popular with young people.

Fast forward to 2010, and it seems things are a bit rocky for the FT-86. After hearing that it will be priced much higher and target an older customer segment, now, according to Japan’s Best Car magazine, the production version has been pushed back from 2011 to 2013.

According to the mag, it seems that uncertainties about the powerplant (a Subaru-sourced 2.0-liter Boxer engine was rumored) and about its success, given the struggling economy, made Japanese officials unsure about the future of the car.

Also, besides the possible delay, Best Car also reveals that a hybrid version might be likely when it will eventually appear. According to them, Toyota will follow the sales performance of the Honda CR-Z, a sports-oriented hybrid, and then decide what course of action the FT-86 will follow.

We’ve waited a long time for a Celica replacement, and now it seems that the Japanese company is backing out of the promise it made with the FT-86. Hopefully we will see something fun actually arrive from Toyota one of these days.

Source: Best Car via Autoblog


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