Sources have told Japanese magazine Best Car that the release of the Toyota FT-86 sports car has been delayed by two years. That means we won’t see Toyota and Subaru’s rear-wheel-drive baby until 2013. What’s the reason for the delay?
Apparently a lot of Toyota fans have shown a sense of frustration with the design of the FT-86 Concept. Toyota designers may head back to the drawing board to make a couple of changes.
Also, Toyota feels that a launch date of 2011 may be too premature with the global economic slowdown affecting sales, which we’re not to sure about. Why wouldn’t you want a sub-$20,000 rear-wheel-drive sports car that pushes 200-hp in a time where you’re constantly staring at your bank account.
Refresher: Inspired by the sporty 1980s Corolla AE86, the production version of the FT-86 is reported to be powered by a 200-hp 2.0L boxer Subaru engine sending power to the rear-wheels. Prices are set to start above $20,000.
Toyota FT-86 Concept: