An early 2013 Toyota GT 86 concept was shown as the Scion FR-S at the New York International Auto Show, and that’s how the car will be known in the U.S market. Today, a production version of the joint Toyota/Subaru rear-wheel-drive sports car, the 2013 Toyota GT 86, has finally been revealed.
The U.K.-market 2013 Toyota GT 86, which will be identical in the U.S. save for its Scion FR-S badges and correct steering-wheel placement, has debuted at the 2011 Tokyo auto show. For what it’s worth, the 2013 Toyota GT 86 will be sold in Japan as simply the “86″; the number references the iconic rear-drive version of the 1983–1987 Corolla, which was codenamed AE86.
With the sheet finally pulled, the 2013 Toyota GT 86 specs details come into better focus. Toyota hasn’t revealed the 2013 Toyota GT 86 weight yet but has stated that it features a 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution. The 2013 Toyota GT 86 engine is installed front mid-ship to create an ultra-low center of gravity and low inertia; in fact, its 475-millimeter center of gravity is the lowest of any volume production car currently on the market.
As for the 2013 Toyota GT 86 chassis, this features MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone setup in the rear. The 2013 Toyota GT 86 brakes feature fully ventilated disks and reside within 18-inch wheels shod with 215/40R18 tires up front and 225/40R18s in the rear.
The 2013 Toyota GT 86 interior design seeks the essence of sports cars by emphasizing the form, placement and materials of each element. The 2013 Toyota GT 86 seatbacks and cushion surfaces, for example, are designed to provide support during acceleration g-forces from the front, the back and to the sides.
The 2013 Toyota GT 86 is a rear-wheel drive car that’s been designed to embody the essence of driving enjoyment. 2013 Toyota GT 86 engine features the world’s first horizontally opposed D-4S engine, combining a Subaru ‘boxer’ engine with Toyota’s D-4S direct injection technology.
We now know that, at least in the U.K., the 2013 Toyota GT 86 2.0-liter Subaru flat-four with Toyota’s combination direct-and-port injection will make 200 hp at 7000 rpm and 151 lb-ft of torque at 6600 rpm using premium fuel. The 2013 Toyota GT 86 engine has a 12.5:1 compression ratio and is square, with bore and stroke both measuring 86.0 mm.
Two Aisin-supplied six-speed transmissions will be offered in the 2013 Toyota GT 86: a short-throw manual and a paddle-shifted automatic. The 2013 Toyota GT 86 automatic will have Normal, Snow, and Sport modes while a limited-slip differential will be standard, as will 17-inch wheels.
Competitors 2013 Toyota GT 86
The 2013 Toyota GT 86 is a genuinely lightweight machine that offers the intimacy and involvement of a car that can be driven as though an extension of the driver’s body. Certainly for the moment, this is the biggest competition the 2013 Toyota GT 86 has: its twin, the Subaru BRZ. The frontal treatment is slightly different than on the Subaru BRZ, but the only digression out back is the lack of a spoiler, and the 2013 Toyota GT 86 looks pretty good without it.
Clearly Toyota has brought a higher-spec cockpit to the party, and although you might not dig the red two-tone scheme, the iPhone cradle, toggle switches and white gauges are nifty. Of course, that niftiness will cost you a navigation screen, but these are exactly the kinds of choices the 2013 Toyota GT 86 vs Subaru BRZ crowd will need to make.
2013 Toyota 86 Reveal
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