The long awaited day has finally arrived. Toyota has officially revealed the first pictures and details for the hotly anticipated GT 86 sports car, the production version of the FT-86 concept that has been greatly anticipated since the launch of the initial FT-86 concept in October 2009.
The model in its current form will launch throughout Europe and Japan and is the result of a collaboration between Toyota and Subaru. It will eventually spawn 2 additional models: the Subaru BRZ which will be available globally and the North American market Scion FR-S.
Power is drawn from Subaru's new horizontally opposed 2.0-liter flat-four boxer engine that has been enhanced with torque-enhancing D-4S injection technology. Maximum power output is rated at 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp) at 7,000 rpm, maximum torque of 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) is achieved at 6,600 rpm.
Dimensions measuring 4,240mm long, 1,285mm high and 2,570mm wide, make it the most compact four-seater sports cars on the market. A near perfect balance has been achieved with a weight distribution ratio of 53:47 (front-to-rear). The flat-four engine format and low driver position has also enabled the GT 86 a very low center of gravity of just 475mm.
The new Toyota GT 86 will be unveiled for the first time at the Tokyo motor show at the end of the month.