The highly anticipated Toyota 86 has finally been launched in the UAE.
The Toyota 86 was first revealed as a concept car at the 2009 Tokyo Motor with the conceptual name Toyota FT-86.
Later, a high-performance version was launched at the Tokyo Auto Salon in 2010 as the Toyota FT-86 G Sports. At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, a third concept car was shown, the Toyota FT-86 II.
The Subaru boxer engine sits as far back and as low as possible in the engine bay for near balanced weight distribution of 53% at the front front and 47% of the weight in the rear which aids its rear out abilities.
The low sitting engine provides excellent low center of gravity, which allows the engine to sit lower than the Nissan GTR and just 0.6 inches higher than the Lexus LFA.
To illustrate the amazing handling capabilities of this future legend Al-Futtaim Motors took the 86 to the twisty roads of Fujairah. Watch and enjoy the 86 do what it does best.
The Toyota FT-86 has still not made its official debut, but on saturday it will make its race debut in Germany. This FT-86 will run in the German VLN series on the Nürburgring. If you remember, they did the same thing with the Lexus LF-A. So its a type of tradition at Toyota/Lexus to race with prototypes.
Today the Subaru version of the Toyota-Subaru co-operation FT-86 has arrived to the Nürburgring in Germany for some track testing.
The two manufacturers are collaborating on a shared four-cylinder sports car that will be sold in two versions, beginning near the end of 2011, both sporting rear wheel drive for the purists.
Even if the Subaru version is very look-a-like to the Toyota/Scion there are some smaller changes. The rear side window for example. And in case with this prototype it is wearing MZ- numberplates, meaning its coming from the German Subaru test centre.
Anybody whose ever been associated with Lexus and Toyota will tell you that few people are as respected as Master Test Driver Hiromu Naruse who i met at this years Nurburgring 24h.
The iconic test driver for Toyota began his career with the company as an accountant, but quickly displayed a knack for his expertise in building and developing cars.
In the past 47 years, Naruse inspired and had a hand in building almost every sports car built by Toyota, including his latest work of art, the Lexus LF-A.
Sadly, Naruse’s life was taken while driving the last masterpiece he helped build, the LF-A Nurburgring Edition, after a tragic car accident cost Toyota more than just its “NurMiester”.
The company lost a friend, a brother, a hero, and an icon.
As a sign of respect to honor the man many say is one of the best test drivers in history – he’s logged more hours than any Japanese driver at the Nurburgring – Lexus released a short video in tribute to Hiromu Naruse, the one and only master.
The future Subaru FT-86 sports car has been caught testing again, this time at the Nurburgring in Germany. Even though the driver was aggresively avoiding the camera of our spy photographer he was able to get these shots.
Rumour has it, the future Subaru sports car will be powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, a variation of the engine used in the Impreza WRX STI, and not the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter flat four engine previously rumoured. The engine will still produce 280hp which is much more powerful than its Toyota sibling that will only deliver 200 HP. Both models, however, will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox.
As for its design, it is hinted that the Subaru sports coupe will take its design features from the hatchback, in particular at the front end, but with a more aggressive detailing. Both cars will be unique in styling due to their own bumpers, front grilles, and wheels, but they will, however, share similar body panels and obviously the chassis.
It is difficult to speculate on the detailing differences as it is still under heavy camouflage.
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