Cars Coming Soon->Porsche 918 Spyder Approved for Production, Toyota FT-86 Not Far Behind

July 29th, 2010
Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder

Prepare yourself for the best car news of the week!

No, I’m not talking about the Chevy Volt/Nissan Leaf eco-wrestling match. That’s mildly interesting, I suppose, if you’re the type to drop 30-40 grand on an electric commuter golf cart. Me? No thank you.

If I go the hybrid/electric route, I’m doing it in style and checking the couch cushions for the $650K (or so) it’ll take to get the just-approved Porsche 918 Spyder.

Remember the 918? The concept debuted to great fanfare at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. To refresh your memory, the car is powered by a 500-horsepower V8 with additional electric motors on the front and rear axles producing an extra 218 ponies, for a total power output of 718 horsepower. Porsche says the car can achieve 78 miles per gallon of gas and complete the 0-60 sprint in 3.2 seconds.

The powertrain is not expected to change much for production. Porsche has not announced when the 918 will be available, but rest assured, it will be available as the range-topping, and by far the best looking, model of Porsche’s lineup.

Toyota FT-86

Toyota FT-86 concept

While news of the 918 will excite any true auto aficionado, it’s unlikely that most of us will have $650,000 in our respective couches. We’ll all have a better chance finding the coins to pick up a Toyota FT-86.

The on-again-off-again affordable sports car being co-developed by Toyota and Subaru is reportedly on again, and its release could be just around the corner.

In an interview with Toyota’s Dr. Shigeyuki Hori, 7Tune says development of the much-anticipated FT-86 remains on track and that rumors of a 2013 release date were erroneous. Now the target date is November 2011, with a mid-level price of $29,000.

There’s no word on what a base price might be, but we can assume it’ll be much higher than the original estimate of around $20K, which could severely hurt the car’s popularity with the younger crowd. There is good news, though: Despite some earlier reports, the FT-86 will not be a hybrid like the disappointing Honda CR-Z. Anyone else seeing a turbocharged version in the future?

As with any rumor, the celebrations should wait until official word comes down, but for now the promise of a RWD Toyota sports car is looking good.

All future Porsche roadsters should use design cues from the 918 Spyder, don’t you think?

-tgriffith

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