It’s time to get excited: The long-awaited Toyota FT-86 concept, now called the GT-86 (in Europe, at least), has at last made its full reveal.
Pictured here is the final production version of the much-anticipated Toyota sports car. Fortunately, it has retained its concept-car looks and appears ready to take Toyota enthusiasts by storm. But will it capture buyers considering other options?
Perhaps comparing some specs will help clear up that question.
Assuming the GT-86 (or maybe the Scion FR-S here in the States) is priced around $25K, it will compete against the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and the Ford Mustang V6. Here are the newly released Toyota’s specs:
- 2.0-liter boxer 4-cylinder with direct injection
- 197 hp at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft at 6,600 rpm
- 6-speed manual or automatic transmission
- 17-inch wheel/tire package standard
- 167 inches long, 50.6 inches high, 101 inches wide
A comparable Genesis Coupe offers:
- 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
- 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic
- 210 hp at 6,000 rpm and 223 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm
- 18-inch wheel/tire package
- 182 inches long, 54.5 inches high, 73.4 inches wide
A base Ford Mustang V6 includes:
- 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine
- 6-speed manual transmission
- 305 hp at 6,500 rpm and 280 lb-ft at 4,350 rpm
- 17-inch wheel/tire package
- 188.1 inches long, 55.6 inches high, 73.9 inches wide
Keen-eyed readers will notice a major difference in the width of these cars, with the Toyota measuring a little over 2 feet wider, and significantly shorter, than the competition. That’s straight from the press release, so I suppose it’s to be believed. Though the least powerful of the three, I’d be tempted to go with the GT-86, or at least give it a thorough test drive, to see if its high-revving performance promise lives up to the hype.
Many more pictures are here.
Which car would you choose: the Toyota GT-86, Hyundai Genesis Coupe or Ford Mustang?