7tune sketches of possible Toyota Subaru 086A design and tech specs

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An insider at Toyota R&D has finally spilt the beans and revealed that the upcoming Toyota compact sports car, codenamed 086A, will offer lines not unlike the current Lexus LF-A prototype as seen at the recent Nürburgring 24 Hour endurance race.

The Toyota insider has apparently been sitting on this information for quite some time and has only now decided to come forward with it after seeing conflicting information in the Japanese press about two different body styles being tested. The insider claims he has seen the 086A and is adamant that only one body style will be offered and that body style will differ only very slightly between the Toyota and Subaru versions, such as the front grille, head/tail light treatment and badges. When the insider was asked about the appearance of the JDM 086A, he clearly pointed out that it will be lower and wider than the old JDM ZZT231 Celica and will have an “orthodox 2+2 coupe style, with a silhouette resembling the Lexus LF-A”. The renders above show what the 086A could look like with lines similar to the LF-A.

Toyota/Subaru Compact FR 086A Specifications
Engine EJ20 Direct Injection Gasoline 4 Cylinder
Capacity 1994cc
Power 200PS
Torque 20.0kg/m
Transmission 6-Speed Manual
Wheelbase 2470mm
Total Length 4200mm
Total Width 1750mm
Total Height 1300mm
Weight 1200kg
Cost 2,000,000 JPY

Toyota is also battling to keep the price of the 086A to 2 million yen despite rumors that the price would break the 2.5 million yen mark. The 2 million yen price barrier is crucial to the 086A’s success and every step is being taken to meet the original target pricing. The insider went on to add that a Subaru STi version of the 086A is also being considered! With no mention of any TRD involvement yet, the insider said we could be certain that an STi model would be offered regardless of whether Toyota had plans to produce a modified TRD version or not. Apparently Subaru are very keen to capitalize on the presence of a true RWD sports car in its line up.

As a side note, apparently the 086A was first spotted at the Nürburgring back in 2005! What most sources at the time claimed was a Lexus “IS500″ prototype (or the next generation Lexus SC), we are now told it was actually the first incarnation of the 086A. The insider tells us that the prototype was running a V6 and at the time Toyota was only experimenting with the concept of a cheap, entry level FR sports car.

Words: Justin Karow
Images: Holiday Auto/Lehmann Photo-Syndication

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Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has, for the first time, officially made clear that the automaker is in fact working on a joint project with Subaru to build an affordable sports car. Toyoda made the statements at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan

The new car will be stylish, yet fuel-efficient and affordable – a vehicle that customers (U.S. customers in particular) can get passionate about.

“You’re going to have to have passion in your products,” said Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, adding that obviously any Toyota would also be representative of the company’s focus on quality and value.

The project is an unconventional one for the Japanese automaker, but is part of a new direction that its new CEO, a self-proclaimed ‘car nut’, wants to take the company in. “I want to see Toyota build cars that are fun and exciting to drive,” he said, adding that the Toyobaru will be fast-tracked to market.
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